GDFL Recap: Even Poor Weather Can’t Slow Raiders’ Roll

by Jack Redlin

St.Paul,Minnesota-The Racine Raiders (5-0) dominated once again scoring six total touchdowns while shutting out the St. Paul Pioneers (2-5). The Raiders would go on to win 41-0 at Burnsville High School in Minnesota to pick up their 20th straight win between 2023 and this season.

The Raiders offense was able to keep their momentum from last week’s blowout and carry it over to this week’s game. The Raiders offense tallied over 350 total yards while scoring six passing touchdowns in their victory over the Pioneers.

The stellar Raiders defense dominated once again allowing less than 60 total yards of offense while shutting out the Pioneers. The Raiders defense totaled six sacks and two interceptions on the night as well.

The Raiders first score of the game came from a 15-yard passing touchdown from Andre Locke to Jashon Foster. Brady Wodack would come in and make the extra point to make the game 7-0 with 11 minutes left in the first quarter.

After a quick drive by the Pioneers, the Raiders got the ball back at the Pioneers 25-yard line following a seven-yard punt. After converting a fourth-and-one, Locke connected with Jacques Woodland for an 11-yard touchdown reception. Wodack came on and made the extra point making it 14-0 with just over six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Raiders next score of the game came after an interception by Jordan Danowski which led to the Raiders getting the ball in good field position near midfield. This led to another Raiders score with Locke, as he connected with running back Rashawn Herron for a 16-yard passing touchdown. Wodack would come on to make the game 21-0 with just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The Raiders defense once again stepped up with Gary Young, Jr. intercepting a Pioneers pass and setting the Raiders up at the Raiders 34-yard line. This led to another Locke passing touchdown where he connected with Ian Gaines for a five-yard touchdown. Wodack would come on to hit the extra point making it 28-0 with just under 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Raiders first score of the second half came from a beautiful deep pass from Locke where he found Woodland once again down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown. Wodack would come on to make it 35-0 with just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Raiders final score of the game came on a passing touchdown where Sawyer Schick was able to avoid the blitz and find Sean White out of the backfield for a 15-yard touchdown. After a bad snap on the point-after attempt, the score was 41-0 late in the third quarter. 

Locke completed 13-of-22 passes for 211 yards and added five passing touchdowns. Schick completed 2-of-2 attempts for 24 yards and a passing touchdown.

Tom Benko led all receivers in yards and receptions with three receptions for 57 yards. Woodland led the team in touchdowns with two receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Herron totaled three receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown. White added two receptions for 22 yards and one touchdown.

Herron led the way in rushing with ten attempts for 47 yards followed by Benko who totaled 31 yards on seven attempts. White totaled 20 yards on three attempts and Hayes added 16 yards on three attempts.

Defensive lineman NikoLemke led the way defensively with five tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss. Gary Young Jr. totaled three tackles and one interception and Danowski also added an interception.

The Raiders will host the Flag City Phantoms (6-3) next week at Historic Horlick Athletic Field with a 7 pm CT kickoff where the Raiders look to tie the 1983-1984 Gladiators with 21 straight wins while also making Wilbert Kennedy the second coach in Raiders history to total 100