HOLGATE - It wasn’t pretty but it was enough to keep any conference title or playoff hopes alive.

Wayne Trace hit the road Friday night to Holgate and the Raiders did enough to come home with a 36-14 win over the Tigers.

The victory improved the Raider record to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference, keeping the red, white and blue one game behind league leading Edgerton (8-0 overall, 5-0 GMC). The two squads will square off at Raider Field on Friday.

Trevor Speice completed 9 of 18 passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns to lead Wayne Trace to the victory.

Wayne Trace struck first on the opening possession of the game.

After two incomplete passes, Speice scampered 58 yards to open the game’s scoring with 9:55 left in the first quarter.

The Raiders extended the lead to 12-0 midway through the second quarter with a six-play, 45-yard scoring drive.

Following two Speice run that netted one yard, Kameron Bevis picked up seven and Speice followed with a six-yard run to move Wayne Trace to the 31.

Speice then connected with Nate Gerber for an eight-yard gain before a shuffle pass to Evan Mohr resulted in a 23-yard touchdown.

Wayne Trace then took complete control in the third quarter, scoring three times.

The red, white and blue put together a six-play drive to start the second half, marching 69-yards in the process.

Speice culminated the drive with a six-yard scoring strike to Nate Gerber for an 18-0 Raider lead with 10:09 left in the period.

Nearly seven minutes later, it was Wayne Trace who found the end zone again.

The Raider signal caller hooked up with Mohr for the second touchdown of the night for the duo, this time from 33-yards out to push the lead to 24-0 at the 3:31 mark.

Wayne Trace dented the scoreboard one more time in the third quarter when Reece Thompson plunged in from one-yard out to widen the advantage to 30-0 with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.

With subs on the field for both teams in the fourth quarter, Holgate struck twice while Wayne Trace added another score as well.

Tallon Meyer ran 18 yards for a touchdown that got the Tigers on the board at the 6:31 mark with Gavyn Kupfersmith tossing the two-point conversion pass to Meyer.

Austin Smith answered for the Raiders with a 29-yard scamper for a touchdown, putting Wayne Trace on top 36-8 at the 4:33 mark.

Meyer then concluded the game’s scoring on a 52-yard run for Holgate, setting the final score at 36-14.

The Raiders totaled 302 yards on the ground in the contest, getting 138 from Grant Baumle on ten carries while Speice totaled 111 on 15 attempts.

Meyer paced Holgate with 118 rushing yards on 16 tries while Jeradt Nagel added 70 on 11 carries.

Mohr (60 yards) and Gerber (33 yards) both had three receptions for Wayne Trace while Mox Price (11 yards) picked up two.

The Raiders return to the gridiron Friday as they welcome in undefeated Edgerton with conference title hopes on the line as well as lots of playoff points for both teams.