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Hudson seniors Cal Johnson, left, and Ross Wusterbarth embrace after the Raiders’ 38-14 loss to Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 Semi-final football playoff game Friday at Goerke Park in Stevens Point. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Thomas Kujawski)

Raiders fall in state football semifinals

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Defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead scored 38 unanswered points to defeat Hudson, 38-14, in a WIAA Division 1 football semifinal game Friday night in Stevens Point.

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It’s the second straight season Hartland Arrowhead has defeated Hudson in the state semifinals.

The Raiders took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Wade Malecha and Kristian Bell’s extra point.

Arrowhead answered with a 31 yard field goal, then turned a pair of second quarter Raider turnovers into touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to take a 17-7 halftime lead.

The Warhawks led 31-7 after three and extended their lead to 38-7 early in the fourth quarter before the Raiders got a late touchdown pass from Landry Otten to Alex Herink to make the final 38-14.

Hudson’s season comes to an end with a record of 11-2 wile Arrowhead improved to 12-1 and will take on Franklin in the WIAA Division 1 title game Friday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at Camp Randall in Madison. Franklin defeated Mukwonago, 35-8, in the other semifinal game in Kettle Moraine.

See the Nov. 21 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more on the Raider-Arrowhead game.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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