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Raiders enter playoffs as Division Champs

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:41pm

The last game of the New Mexico Premier Football league's regular season features a battle of the division leaders, as the NM Titans travel to the Borderland to take on your El Paso Raiders Sunday, April 27th at 2pm.

The Raiders hope to continue the recent trend set by the UTEP Women's Basketball team and the El Paso Rhinos Hockey squad in bringing championship hardware home to the Borderland.

As a thank you to all the EP Raider faithful, Sierra Providence Urgent Care Clinics will present this match up a 'Fan Appreciation Game.' Balloons and face-painting will be available for all in attendance.

In addition to the return of the Cutest Cheerleading Squad in the Southwest, the Raiderettes, Sunday's game will feature a special visit by the El Paso Chihuahua's mascot: Chico.

The three-time NMPFL Champion Titans continue to roll, as they have gone an incredible 41-0, including a victory two years ago that saw them crowned as 2012 FWFA AAA National Champions. The Raiders return to the playoffs for the third consecutive year, only this year as Pecos Division Champions.

With their title as Pecos Division Champs, the Raiders have secured a 1st round bye, as well as home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Raiders will play the winner of the May 4th game between the Sun City Reapers and the Alamogordo DesertDawgs. Raiders defeated both teams during the regular season.

Tickets for Sunday's game are only $4, with children 8 and under in free. Gates at the Socorro SAC open at 12, game time is set for 2pm.

Below is the picture of the play that sealed the Raiders winning season and started our journey to the NMPFL playoffs. With just over a minute left, the Sun City Reapers had one last play to try and grab the lead back from the Raiders. On second down, on a outside blitz, LB Randy Tavui sacked the Reaper's QB and recovered the resulting fumble was recovered for a touchdown.

As a two-season average, when the Raider defense averages 3 or more turnovers/take-aways, the Raiders win.

In their last two match-ups vs the NM Titans, the Raiders have lost by an average of 14pts.

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