Raiders Look to Stall Pioneers Caravan

by Jack Redlin, Racine Raiders

Racine,Wisconsin-The Racine Raiders (7-0) will host the St. Paul Pioneers (2-6) from the Heartland Football Association this Saturday at Historic Horlick Athletic Field for the teams' second matchup this season. The Raiders, who’ve dominated opponents all season, are looking to extend their winning streak to 23 games and tie the 1994-95 Raiders for the third-longest winning streak in franchise history. The Pioneers are looking to end their regular season with a monumental upset. The Raiders will look to do something neither team has done in the series between the two rivals, win five straight games.

The Raiders are once again coming off a dominant performance where they shut out the River City Rough Riders 30-0. The Raiders are led offensively by quarterback Andre Locke, Sr. who averages just under 170 passing yards a game while averaging 2.5 passing touchdowns per game. Wide receiver Will Norwood leads the way with an average of 18.4 yards per reception while hauling in a team-leading five touchdowns on the season. The Raiders running backs are usually handled by a “committee” approach and leading the way is Rashawn Herron who has just over 300 rushing yards on 6.4 yards per carry with six rushing touchdowns on the season.  

Racine’s defense averages only 4.5 points allowed per game while forcing just over two turnovers a game. The Raiders are led defensively by linebacker Gary Young, Jr. who has 43 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and three interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. Ronald Haggins leads the defensive line with four sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. Leading the secondary is Jordan Danowski with 21 tackles and four interceptions including one returned for a touchdown.  

The Pioneers are coming off a disappointing game losing 34-0 to the Omaha Stockmen. The Pioneers are led offensively by quarterback Matthew Thayer and wide receiver Jovonte Suber. The Pioneers are led defensively by linebacker Dominic Goseyun and lineman Piero Cooper who have been bright spots this season on an otherwise struggling defensive unit.  

The Raiders look to continue their winning streak and tie the 1994-95 Raiders with 23 straight wins when they take on the St. Paul Pioneers at Historic Horlick Athletic Field on July 13th with a 7 pm CT kickoff. It’s alumni night and there will be the raising of the 2023 National Championship flag pregame while at halftime there will be this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The team will welcome six people into its hall of fame: Mike “Ice” Baldwin, Fulton Bell, Jr., Brian Forston, Tom Kohr, Tammie Radspinner, and Brandon Rogers.

Fans can buy tickets in advance through Hometown Ticketing or at the door beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday.