Tri-City Rage @ Portland RaiderTri-City Rage (roster)
The Tri-City Rage have benefited from the folding of the old Yakima Mavericks. FB/MLB Jesse Cardenas, OL Juan Cuellar and OL Michael Haggerty have came over and bolster what was already a talented and competitive team. QB Layton Brown looks to make a return with vengeance after having over 500 rushing yards last year and almost 100 through the air. RB Myke Summers will benefit from the B play of Cardenas and the addition of 2 more veteran lineman. LB/DE Izzy Mercado, LB Daniel Gannon & S Quintin Adams will be better with Cardenas, but can they handle the offensive onslaught and aerial attack from the Portland Raiders. Offensively they were a ground and pound team, but they will have to have some success through the air in order to soften up a stingy Raiders defense.
Portland Raider (2-0) (roster)
The Raiders beat a thin and DIFFERENT Wenatchee team last week. up 28-3 at halftime they pitched a shutout in the second half and scored 21 more points to pull away! This week they will play against REAL MLB in Cardenas and a team that has some identity and isn’t in a rebuilding stage. Schneider threw 6 TDs with no interception and moved the ball all over the field. RB Tone Harris found the end zone and I am sure had a 100 yard day. Defense held them to 3 points, but some may say the Rams could move the ball, just had 2 4 and outs in the red zone. LBs Gates, Hughes, Bradley and Vercher better be ready for the run game and good old physical war when the Rage have the ball. WR Bodeman, Dickson, Smith, Polk and the rest should have opportunities, but can they take advantage of them. Offensive tempo on BOTH sides of the ball will be the key to who wins this game.
Rage travel well, but have some kink to still work out. Raiders show up at home with full squad looking to make a statement. in the end, the Raiders have too much talent on offense for the Rage to keep up!
Raiders win in what looks like a blowout, but really pulling away in second half! Raiders 42-12!!!!