It was one for the ages on Sept. 17 at Horlick Field in Racine.
The Door County Destroyers were carried by the running game of TaMar Scott and the leg of Eric Natwick, plus a huge defensive interception to propel the Destroyers to the Mid-States Football League (MSFL) Championship Game.
The score ended 31-14, but that does not tell how close the game really was.
The Raiders started off strong, going up 14-0 early in the second quarter. They connected on two long passes while the DC offense struggled to get anything going. An interception and a defensive stop gave the offense a little bit of room to connect on two field goals, going into half trailing 14-6.
In the second half the Destroyers relied on the legs of running back TaMar Scott to carry the offense to its first touchdown. Eric Natwick added his fourth field goal of the game and the Destroyers found themselves leading 18-14 in the fourth quarter.
After more than two quarters of little production from the Racine offense, they put together a long drive and got down to the Destroyers’ 10-yard line with only 30 seconds to play. Linebacker A.J. Hamilton jumped a short pass in the flats and returned it 89 yards for a Destroyer touchdown and ultimately the victory.
Linebacker Donny Johnson intercepted the final play of the game and also returned it for a touchdown giving the Destroyers the 31-14 win.
The 2016 MSFL Championship will be played at Hart Park in Wauwatosa at 7 pm on Oct. 1. Northern conference champs the Destroyers will face the Southern conference champions, the Lincoln-Way Patriots.
- RB #23 TaMar Scott rushed 26 times for 135 yards and 1 touchdown.
- WR #3 Andre Wilson caught 3 passes for 85 yards.
- CB #1 T.J. Hulbert lead the defense with 8 total tackles, 4 passes deflected and 1 interception.
- LB #52 Chris LeCloux tallied 7 total tackles, 2 for loss, and 1 sack.
- LB #5 A.J. Hamilton added 5 tackles and the game-winning 89-yard interception return for a touchdown.
- DT #44 Robert Sallie controlled the line of scrimmage with 4 total tackles, 1 for loss, 1/2 sack and 2 passes deflected.
- K/P #88 Eric Natwick had his best game of his career, connecting on 4-4 field goals with a long of 44, also punting 7 times for 257 yards with two landing inside the 20-yard line.