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There’s great irony in using a song most often associated with the Oakland Raiders franchise to show highlights of the Nicollet Raiders. One is a big money NFL franchise, built on intimidation and disorder in the mind’s eye of longtime owner Al Davis. The other is a 9-man team, built on tough nosed and fair competitors set in a town of under 1,000 residents in rural Minnesota.

Minnesota has been blessed with overly fair fall weather and temperatures hovering in the 70s for most of October, including some 80 degree days. In the last few days fall weather has arrived complete with lower temps and high winds. I knew the warm days were ending when last Fri, 10/7, the wind was in full effect along the southern plains along with the rest of Minnesota.

The wind presented early problems for the Raiders and the return of quarterback Sean Murphy and their pass oriented offense. The Raiders got on the board first late in the first quarter and never looked back in winning 33-14. Battling rust and windy conditions Murphy was back on track by games end finishing the night 28-59 passing for 385 yards and five touchdowns. KEYC-TV Athlete of the Week Jamie Fischer finished the night with 12 catches for 189 yards and three touchdown.

With the passing of legendary owner Al Davis over the weekend I’m hopeful the end of one Raiders era will lead to a new championship era for the other. The run continues tonight for Nicollet on what will be a cold Friday night under the lights.

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Nick (is the) Mans for the Raiders

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The Nicollet Raiders, the number 1 ranked team in Class 9-man, defended their Section 2 title in defeating the Cleveland Clippers 58-20 last night in Nicollet. 

SR RB Nick Mans did his best Al Bundy of Polk High impression by reaching paydirt four times in the game.  Even more impressive than the scores was the 233 yards rushing he amassed on only 17 carries.  After watching Mans play for the better part  of two seasons I can’t help but wonder where he and New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead cross in the family tree.

JR QB Sean Murphy is a chin hair brethren to Mans and the fleet of foot signal caller put on a show of his own.  It should surprise no one if Murphy spends this afternoon icing his legs and right arm after completing 18 of 25 passes for 259 yards and rushing for 91 yards on 14 carries.  On the night Murphy had an arm or legs in four Nicollet TDs.

All season long Murphy’s favorite targets have been wide receivers Blake Bode and Jamie Fischer and Friday night was no different.  Bode finished the night with seven catches for 97 yards while Fischer hauled in six passes for 93.  SR Bode and JR Fischer each finished with one receiving TD.  Fischer continued his strong all around play with an 83 yard kick off return for a TD after Cleveland had cut the score to 14-6.

The Raiders defense was equally impressive in limiting the Clippers attack.  Cleveland came into the Section final riding a 5 game win streak but found little success in putting together sustained drives.  SR Dusty Giefer, JR Taylor Rudenick, and FR Matt Christenson are the usual suspects in the middle of the Nicollet defense and Fri night they were the leaders of the Raiders wall.

Up next for the Raiders is a match-up with the champions of Section 4, the Rockets of Underwood, on Sat 11/13.  Kick off is set noon from Husky Stadium on the campus of St Cloud State University. 

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