The Raiders defense answered the coach's challenge Saturday with a 1st quarter shutout of the Snohomish Thunder. Topped with two early interceptions by Reggie Powell, the Raiders dominated the first half 21-6. The debut of quarterback Brett Smith was rocky but the Raiders' offensive line and defensive tenacity made up for the mistakes. The wide receiver duo of Az Bearden (two touchdowns) and Toby Seim (one touchdown and a two-point conversion) finished the Thunder off. Final score: 37-12.