Raiders beat Rice Lake in OT thriller
John Uchytil’s second touchdown pass of the game to Jake Giordana in overtime gave Hudson a 28-21 come-from-behind victory over Rice Lake in the Big Rivers Conference opener Friday night, Sept. 6, at Newton Field.
A high snap on a Rice Lake punt attempt from the Warriors own 5-yard line with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining sailed through the back of the end zone for a safety to tie the score, 21-21, and force overtime.
Uchytil hit Giordana for a 14-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ first possession of the extra session and Christian Bell drilled the extra point to give the Raiders their first lead of the game, 28-21.
Rice Lake moved the ball to the Raider 3-yard line on its overtime possession but after a sack by Jared Johnson resulted in a five-yard loss, the Raider defense forced an incomplete pass along the sideline on fourth down to clinch the victory.
Braden Marvin accounted for the only Raider touchdown of the first half as Rice Lake took a 14-7 halftime lead. Max Gierke scored on a 3-yard touchdown run on the Raiders’ first possession of the second half and Uchytil hooked up with Giordana for a 76-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to make it a 21-19 game.
See the Sept. 12 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more on the game.