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Raiders run over Rice Lake

Raider linebacker Ethan Stanchik (3) slows up a Rice Lake runner before defensive lineman Alex Burgess (95) moves in to finish off the tackle in the first half of Hudson's 24-14 victory at Rice Lake last Friday night. Burgess finished with six tackles and a sack in the Raiders' Big Rivers Conference opening victory.

Hudson's offense was able to rack up 389 yards on the ground in its Big Rivers Conference opener last Friday night in Rice Lake, but it wasn't until Joseph Kelly broke free for a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that the Raiders were able to breathe a little easier in a 24-14 win over the Warriors.

Kelly's touchdown came after Rice Lake had trimmed the Raider lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter. The Raider victory snapped a two-game losing streak to the Warriors and improved Hudson's record to 2-0 on the season. Rice Lake, which had opened the season with a 21-14 nonconference win over Medford, slipped to 1-1.

"Rice Lake is such a well-coached, disciplined team that it is good to get out of there with a win," Raider coach Adam Kowles said.

Fullback Dan Loughney rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown in 24 carries in his first game of the season after suffering a foot injury in preseason practice. Kelly added 71 yards and a touchdown in 10 attempts and quarterback Michael Hommes carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and a score.

Loughney opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter but Rice Lake came right back, scoring on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Magee to Zac Daniel.

Hommes broke loose for a 17-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to give the Raiders a 14-7 lead.

Sam Somerville extended Hudson's lead to 17-7 with a 31 yard field goal in the third quarter, but Rice Lake answered with a 2-yard run by Magee to pull to within three, 17-14.

Kelly's 14-yard touchdown run was the only scoring in the fourth quarter and made the final 24-14.

While Kowles said he was pleased with the win, but added there were plenty of tings the Raiders needed to clean up on both sides of the ball.

"We moved the ball on offense but we need to put it in the end zone when we get down in the red zone," he said. "Defensively we had some plays but we also gave up some big plays which we need to address. We started the game strong and finished well, but we need to put it together for four quarters."

Defensive back Dan Kelly led Hudson with eight tackles while lineman Jake Benoy had seven tackles and four sacks. Lineman Alex Burgess contributed six tackles and a sack and linebacker Matt Iverson had seven stops while lineman Jared Johnson added a sack and four tackles. Defensive back Josh Evenson killed a Rice Lake drive with an interception.

Hudson returns home to host Chippewa Falls (0-1, 0-2) this Friday at 7 p.m. at Newton Field. The Cardinals dropped their season opener, 34-7, to Medford and lost their BRC opener last week, 35-14, to Menomonie.


@t:In the Aug. 30 issue of the Hudson Star-Observer story about the Raiders' 28-7 season opening win over Kenosha Bradford, it was incorrectly reported that Sam Somerville was the Hudson punter.

Senior Michael Loncar handles the Raider punting duties. Loncar pinned Kenosha Bradford at its own five-yard line with a booming 52-yard punt late in the first half and the Raiders ahead 14-0 last week.

The Star-Observer regrets the error.

@prt:Raiders 14 0 3 7--24

Rice Lake 7 0 7 0--14

@sth:Scoring Summary

First Quarter

@stt:HUD--Dan Loughney 2-yard run (Sam Somerville kick)

RL--Zac Daniel 70-yard pass from Shawn Magee (Seth Markgren kick)

HUD--Michael Hommes 17-yard run (Sam Somerville kick)

@sth:Second Quarter

@st:No Scoring

@sth:Third Quarter

@stt:HUD--Sam Somerville 31-yard field goal

RL--Shawn Magee 2-yard run (Markgren kick)

@sth:Fourth Quarter

@stt:HUD--Joseph Kelly 14-yard run (Sam Somerville kick).

@sth:Individual Statistics

@stt:RUSHING (att-yds): Dan Loughney 24-164; Joseph Kelly 10-71; Michael Hommes 17-70; Blake Amborn 8-68; Alex Paulson 5-16. Total 64-389.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yds): Michael Hommes 2-6-0-34. Total 2-6-0-34.

RECEIVING (rec-yds): Chick Peterson 1-27; Joseph Kelly 1-7. Total 2-34.

TACKLES: Daniel Kelly 8, Matt Iverson 7, Jake Benoy 7, Alex Burgess 6, Stuart Burns 6, Jared Johnson 4, Sam Somerville 4, Dillon Magadanz 3, Ethan Stanchik 3, Miles Lewis 3, Josh Evenson 2, Tim Boehn 2, Elliot Motu 2, Cal Johnson 2, Ross Wusterbarth 1.

SACKS: Jake Benoy 4, Jared Johnson 1, Alex Burgess 1.

INTERCEPTIONS: Josh Evenson 1.

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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