The 2006 Rock River Raptors are extinct. Their inaugural season came to an abrupt end following last Saturday nights (July 22) semi-final round playoff loss to the Lexington Horsemen.
The Raptors had beaten the Horsemen in their two previous regular-season meetings. The third time around proved to be a charm for the Horsemen. They won 47-34 in front of their hometown fans at Rupp Arena. The Horsemen move on to the UIF championship game next weekend against the winner of the Sioux Falls Storm and Evansville Bluecats.
Harry Lewis was one of the heroes for the Horsemen. Lewis, a starter at wide receiver, was forced into action on the defensive side of the ball early in the first quarter. Starting defensive cornerback William Mulder was unable to continue playing following his first-quarter groin injury. In stepped his replacement, Lewis, and he played every down on offense and defense for the remainder of the game. On offense, he had 10 receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he broke up two passes that were thrown his way.
The Raptors finished their first season in Rockford with a 12-5 record.
Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the July 26-Aug. 1,2006, issue