The Portland Raiders Minor League football team, quarterbacked by Oregon City High School graduate Russ Schneider, is calling the Oregon City High School stadium its home for the 2014 season.
The season began last Saturday with a preseason game with the Renton Ravens. Schneider passed for six touchdowns, to lead the Raiders in a 54-6 runaway win.
Additional home games are scheduled at the stadium on April 26 with the Springfield Buzzards; on May 10, with the Southern Oregon Renegades; on June 6, with the Portland Monarchs; and on June 21, with the Vancouver Vipers. Games start at 6 p.m. General admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the gate.
Schneider, a 2001 graduate of Oregon City High School, is in his sixth season playing football on Greater Northwest Football Association teams, and he holds league records for passing yards and touchdown passes.
Schneider encourages the community to come out and support the Raiders and to support his high school alma mater.
Its a very fun atmosphere, Schneider said. We run the Oregon spread-option offense and we pass 70 percent of the time. Well score 50 points a game....
Its a family-friendly atmosphere at games. Kids 12 and under are free. We encourage kids to wear their youth jerseys and come down and meet the players after our games.
Schneider said he pushed hard to get the Raiders to locate in Oregon City.
Ive been starting to get more active in the community, he said. Ive worked with Oregon City alumni and weve done a lot for cystic fibrosis with our alumni game with West Linn. But as of yet weve done little to help Oregon City football. My hope is that this will stir up interest in football in the community and help the high school program.
Schneider says that the Raiders are working with the high school football program to help with fund raising this year.
Theyve got a tree sale and Dodge test drive all day at the high school on May 3 and 4, and the Raiders are helping out, he said. or for anyone doing a test drive, Dodge is donating money to the high school football program.