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Raiders win big again

Hudson wide receiver Alex Herink hauls in a pass for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter of the Raiders' 43-6 victory at Superior Friday night. Hudson put up 404 yards of total offense compared to 138 for Superior to remain undefeated and tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference.

The Raider football team used a familiar formula in its 43-6 victory over Superior at Ole Haugsrud Field in Superior Friday night.

A fast start, bruising running game and smothering defense gave Hudson its sixth straight victory to start the season and kept the Raiders tied with Menomonie for first place in the big Rivers Conference with two games remaining.

In their last four games the Raiders have outscored their opponents 176-40, including 77-0 in the first quarter. That script held true to form last Friday when Dan Loughney scored three first quarter touchdowns to stake Hudson to a 20-0 first quarter lead.

Cal Johnson recovered a Superior fumble on the opening kickoff, leading to the first of five Loughney touchdowns less than a minute into the game, and the Raiders were off to the races.

"The fumble recovery on the opening kick was huge," head coach Adam Kowles said. "To be able to come away with points right away got us off to a great start again."

Loughney scored on runs of 3, 24 and 3 in the first quarter and added touchdown runs of 3 and 7 yards in the second quarter. Hudson also got a second quarter safety from Sam Somerville, who tackled Superior's punter in the end zone after the snap went over his head, to build a 36-6 halftime lead.

Wade Malecha gave Hudson a running clock for the fourth straight game with a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter to make the final 43-6.

Hudson put up 404 yards of total offense in the win, including 337 on the ground. Joe Kelly led the way with nine carries for 77 yards and Loughney finished with 70 yards on 12 attempts while Malecha carried the ball five times for 52 yards, Blake Amborn had five carries for 32 yards and Mike Hommes contributed 31 yards in six rushes.

Hommes and Ian Zastrow teamed up to complete 4-of-7 passes to four different receivers, including 38-yard completion from Hommes to Alex Herink in Herink's first game of the season. Alex Newel had a 17-yard reception and Amborn caught a pass for seven yards while Ben Koch added a five-yard catch.

"Offensively we played well up front. My only concern is that we put the ball on the ground a couple of times," Kowles said about two Raider fumbles. "We need to continue to be careful with the football every time we have it."

The Raider defense, meanwhile, limited Superior (3-3, 2-3) to 138 total yards, including just 61 on the ground. Matt Iverson and Dan Kelly finished with five tackles each and Jared Johnson had four tackles and a sack while Jake Shaw came up with an interception.

"I thought the defense was outstanding," Kowles said. "They didn't give Superior a whole lot of room to maneuver and we really tackled well. It was a solid team effort, with every guy contributing. After a long bus ride like that, it's nice to see everyone on the team get an opportunity on the field."

Hudson will host River Falls (4-2, 3-2) in the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug this Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at Newton Field. Hudson has won the annual trophy game the last two years, including a 28-0 victory last year in River Falls.

Raiders 20 16 7 0--43

Superior 0 6 0 0--6

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

HUD--Dan Loughney 3-yard run (Sam Somerville kick0, 11:10.

HUD--Dan Loughney 24-yard run (kick failed), 8:31

HUD--Dan Loughney 3-yard run (Sam Somerville kick), 3:18.

Second Quarter

HUD--Sam Somerville safety, 11:12.

SUP--Anthony Valentine 4-yard run (run failed), 5:37.

HUD--Dan Loughney 3-yard run (Sam Somerville kick), 3:49.

HUD--Dan Loughney 7-yard run (Sam Somerville kick), 0:59.

Third Quarter

HUD--Wade Malecha 5-yard run (Wade Malecha kick), 3:40.

Fourth Quarter

No scoring.

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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