The Racine Raiders (6-1) lacked a punter or a kicker in Saturday night's non-league game against the Roscoe Rush (10-2) in Pecatonica, Ill. The result was a 17-14 loss to the former Ironman Football League (IFL) team.
The Raiders scored on touchdown passes of 27 and 43 yards by quarterback Brett Hall (University of Albany). Wide receiver Sam D'Alie (Horlick High School) was on the receiving end of both passes as well as a two-point conversion.
The night came down to one kick, however. Fullback Josh Macara, doing his best to fill-in at kicker, had a 37-yard field goal blocked with 4.8 seconds remaining in the game and the Rush pulled off the upset.
The Rush were led by quarterback Joe Cotton who scored on touchdown runs of 26 and 9 yards. The Rush, who should've been participating in the IFL playoffs this weekend, left the league following the regular season after the IFL reversed the result of a game the Rush won on a last second 58-yard field goal against the Burlington Blue Devils in July.
The Raiders travel to Cascade, Iowa, next week to battle the Dubuque Bruisers (5-2). The Raiders will return home on Aug. 29 to play the Traverse City Wolves (5-0). That's also Alumni Night and will feature alumni from the past 56 years of Raiders football, a special ceremony to commemorate the 1989 National Championship team, and Hall of Fame inductions.