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Hudson fullback Wade Malecha breaks into the open field on his way to running for a first down in the first quarter of the Raiders’ 34-14 Level 1 playoff win over Eau Claire Memorial last Friday night at Newton Field. Malecha ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Bob Burrows)

Raiders take care of business, move on in playoffs with win over ECM

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Nothing comes easy in the playoffs, especially when you’re facing a team you’ve seen four times in the past two seasons.

Eau Claire Memorial was determined to shut down the Hudson passing game last Friday night at Newton Field, so the Raiders went to the ground game to grind out a 34-14 Level a playoff victory. The Raiders rushed for 255 yards and scored four of their five touchdowns on the ground to advance to a Level 2 game this Saturday against Green Bay Preble.

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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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