By Jason Bushen
After a 10-2 season last year, head coach Tony Annese feels there is still room for improvement. “I hope we can win them all,” Annese said, “We’ve got a lot of second year players on both sides of the ball who are playing at a high level.” So far this season, the Raiders have put up scoring totals of 52, 65, 42, 73, and 45.
“I think we put it all together there (against Ellsworth),” Annese said. The Raiders defeated Ellsworth Community College 73-14. One unit who is playing exceptionally well is the offensive line, “The O-line is returning four starters from last season,” Annese said, “They’ve really asserted the ability to knock opponents off the line of scrimmage.”
Former Cincinnati commit Cody Kater has been a big part of the offensive outburst thus far, “He’s done a nice job adapting to our unique offense,” Annese said. Through four games, Kater has completed 63 of 91 passes. He has thrown for more than 208 yards per game with 9 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions.
Ranked #9 in the NJCAA, the Raiders have plenty of talent from former Division 1 commits. This list includes 5-star recruit DB Demar Dorsey, who wasa former Louisville commit. “He’s a good football player,” said Annese. “We’ve got a lot of high caliber players on this roster.” “It’s a team game,” Annese said. “I expect us to continue climbing in the rankings.”
The Raiders next home game will be October 1st against Iowa Western Community College. They will then travel to play Georgia Military College on October 8th. Then, they will return home to finish the season against Harper College and College of DuPage.