The Racine Raiders are now 7-1, after running away from the Dubuque Bruisers (5-4) early Saturday afternoon at McAleece City Field in Dubuque, Iowa. The Raiders rebounded following a road loss to the Roscoe Rush last week by beating the Bruisers 49-12.
Quarterback Ron Ricciardi (Florida State University) found wide receiver Dorian Palmer on the Raiders' first possession for a 33-yard touchdown. Kicker Ben Aguilar (North Central College) added the extra point and the Raiders led 7-0.
The Raiders' defense forced the Bruisers to punt on the next possession and Charles Owens (Eastern Illinois University) returned the punt 85 yards for a touchdown, giving the Raiders an early 14-0 lead. Owens is leading the North American Football League in punt return average at 39 yards.
The Bruisers struck on their next drive when quarterback Jamar Jackson threw to wide receiver Torrey Smith for 48-yard touchdown. Jackson's two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, cutting the Raiders lead to 14-6.
The Raiders responded with a five-yard touchdown run by Bryan Jennings, Jr., (Vermillion Community College) to give Racine a 21-6 lead in the second quarter.
Jackson, after chasing down a ball that was snapped over his head, was able to buy time with his feet, and eventually found Smith for a second time, a 68-yard touchdown. Jackson's two-point conversion run failed and the Bruisers trailed 21-12.
It would be all Raiders after that as they scored 28 unanswered points to close out the game.
The Raiders return home next week to battle the undefeated Traverse City (Mich) Wolves (6-0) at Horlick Field. It is Alumni Night: Several former players from the 1950s through last year will be on-hand and will be recognized at halftime. The Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps will perform before the game and the traveling Racine Professional/Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Hall of Fame display will be onsite.