There's little doubt the Racine Raiders are the class of the Northern Division of the Midstates Football League. The Milwaukee County Chargers found that out July 30.
Racine used three second-quarter touchdowns to take a commanding halftime lead en route to a 35-6 win over the Chargers at Hart Park in Wauwatosa.
The Raiders got on the board when Lawerance Peters returned a Chase Zabolcki punt 69 yards for a touchdown with 7:32 left in the first quarter.
An illegal forward pass by quarterback Anthony Johnson negated a Racine touchdown early in the second quarter, but the Raiders recovered to still complete the drive with a score.
Milwaukee County had Racine in a 3rd-and-22 situation, but Johnson hit Travis Worthington for 21 yards and then kept the ball for 2 yards on 4th and 1. Five plays later, Johnson found running back J.R. Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 13-0 with 4:47 left in the half.
The game was decided in the final minutes of the second quarter, as Racine turned a close game into a rout.
After Milwaukee County was forced to punt, Racine took over with 1:24 to play until halftime. Instead of playing conservatively, the Raiders went for the dagger on the first play, as Johnson connected with Terrance Fitch for a 61-yard score. Racine successfully attempted a two-point conversion to lead 21-0.
On the ensuing drive, Charger quarterback Shannon King was intercepted by Adaris Anderson, who brought the ball to the 21-yard line of Milwaukee County with 51.5 seconds on the clock.
Again, it took Racine just one play to find the end zone. This time, Johnson hit Worthington for a 21-yard score to make it 28-0 at halftime.
Milwaukee County's lone score came with 11:36 left in the third quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from King to Aunton Terry.
The Raiders made it 35-6 late in the third quarter on Johnson's fourth touchdown pass of the game.
King finished 11-for-31 for 157 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Rashawn Herron ran nine times for 61 yards, Montel Taylor gained 41 yards on five carriers and Eddie Bailey Jr. collected 40 yards on three attempts.
Dominique Johnson was Milwaukee County's leading receiver, catching three passes for 58 yards.
The Chargers committed four turnovers, losing two fumbles in addition to King's two interceptions.
Anthony Johnson completed 11 of his 22 pass attempts for 220 yards. Taylor ran 11 times for 37 yards, and Fitch caught two passes for 112 yards.
Racine improved to 6-0, keeping its one-game lead over the Door County Destroyers (5-1) in the Northern Division. The Chargers dropped to 3-3 and moved into a tie with Muskego for the third and final playoff spot in the division with four games to play in the regular season.
Milwaukee County will look to bounce back Aug. 6 when it travels to face Door County. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Bailey's Harbor Recreation Park.