NEW-LOOK RAIDERS WIN SEASON OPENER, 54-6 OVER RAVENS

 

OREGON CITY - The Portland Raiders semi-pro football team opened their season Saturday at Pioneer Stadium with a  54-6 victory over the Renton Ravens in a non-league game.

The Raiders, who play in  the Pacific Football League, got six touchdown pass from former Oregon City  High School quarterback Russell Schneider (Class of 2001).  

Schneider, who also  played at Portland State, completed 23-of-43 passes for 377 yards with one  interception.

Three of his touchdown  passes went to wide receiver Zack McGinnis (Oregon, Roseburg H.S), who caught  seven passes for 125 yards.

"We were a bit rusty  but we managed to get our offense going pretty well,” Schneider said. “It’s a  thrill to once again be playing at Pioneer Stadium. We’re hoping the community  will embrace the team and come watch us during the spring and summer.”

The Raiders’ defense  dominated the Ravens, of the Western Washington Football Alliance, forcing four  turnovers and recording three sacks.

Linebacker D.J. Robinson  (PSU, Willamette H.S.) had an interception return of 17 yards to set up an  eight-yard touchdown pass from Schneider to wide receiver Nick Bodeman (OSU,  Wilson H.S.) to make the score 30-0 before the half.

The only negative for the  Raiders on the night were the 100 yards in penalties.

“It was a great start to  the season," Raiders head coach Aaron Fentress said. "Of course, we  were sloppy and we must cleanup the senseless penalties. But all-told, can't  complain about a win over a quality team like the Ravens in our first game at a  new stadium."

The Raiders nucleus,  which includes Fentress and Schneider, is made up of many of the players who  led the Portland Monarchs to four Northwest championships from 2008-2012.

That group has taken over  the Raiders organization and moved it to Oregon City.

The Raiders, established  in 2001, are the longest operating semi-pro football team in Oregon and the PFL.  But they have never won a championship.

“We’re trying to change  that this season,” Fentress said. “We have loads of ex-college talent and guys  who are used to winning. Hopefully tonight will be the firs step toward that  goal."

The Raiders were 2-8 last season while scoring just 97 points all year. Saturday's 54 points were the most by a Raiders team since 2005 when the team scored 55 and 60 in respective games. That season also marked the last time the Raiders won by 48 points or more. Portland defeated Renton 48-0 during the 2005 season. 

The Raiders next home  game is April 26 against the South Lane Buzzards at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.

Tickets are $10 for  adults and children over 12. Children 12 and under enter for free.


 
Portland Raiders 2014 Schedule

Date

Time

Where

Opponent

 
         

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

 

April 5

6 p.m.

 Home

Renton Ravens

 
April 19
6 p.m. AWAY

Grays Harbor

Bearcats

 April 26

6 p.m.

Home
vs. Springfield Buzzards
 
May 3

 6 p.m.

Away at Portland Monarchs

May 10

6 p.m.

Home

vs. Southern Oregon

Renegades

May 17

6 p.m.

Awayat Vancouver Vipers

May 24

6 p.m.

NA
League Bye/Memorial Day
 
May 31

6 p.m.

Away
at Springfield Buzzards

June 7

6 p.m.

Home
vs. Portland Monarchs
 
June 14
6 p.m.
Away

at Southern Oregon

Renegades

June 21

 6 p.m

 Home

vs. Vancouver Vipers

 

June 28

NA

NA

Bye Week

 
 
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