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Raiders top Spartans in battle of unbeatens

Hudson defensive lineman Eliot Motu (90) sacks Superior quarterback Nick Mehlum in the third quarter of the Raiders’ 35-18 victory over the Spartans Friday night at Newton Field. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

Hudson scored the final 21 points of the game to erase a four-point third quarter deficit and post a 35-18 victory over Superior in a Big Rivers Conference football game Friday night, Oct. 4, at Newton Field.

The win kept the Raiders undefeated in BRC play with a record of 5-0 (6-1 overall), while Superior suffered its first loss of the season and slipped to 4-1 in the BRC (6-1 overall).

Superior failed on all three of its extra-point conversion attempts but took an 18-14 lead on a 31-yard pass from Nick Mehlum to Jake Libal with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter. The play came on 4<sup>th</sup>-and-goal after consecutive Raider sacks pushed the Spartans all the way back to the 31-yard line.

Hudson came right back when Jake Giordana caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Landry Otten. A Braden Marvin 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Hudson a 28-18 lead, before Otten and Giordana hooked up again for a 28-yard touchdown with 1:25 left to make the final 35-18.

Hudson’s defense held the Spartans to just 23 rushing yards in 28 attempts. Forced to the air, Mehlum completed 23-of-36 passes for 348 yards with two interceptions.

Giordana caught four passes for 121 yards while Otten completed 8-of-15 attempts for 190 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Alex Herink caught an 8-yard touchdown pass and Dayton Diemel scored on a 3-yard run to give the Raiders a 14-12 lead at halftime. Hunter Frey was perfect on all five of his extra point attempts.

See the Oct. 10 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more on the game.

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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