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Raiders win defensive battle

Hudson's Alec Kolander (8) and Cole Godbout (94) celebrate a sack by Godbout in the second quarter of Hudson's 7-0 victory over the Spartans Friday, Sept. 8, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

After forcing Superior to turn the ball over on downs twice inside the red zone in the first half, Hudson put together an 18-play, 74-yard touchdown drive on the opening drive of the second half and made it stand up in a 7-0 victory over the Spartans Friday, Sept. 8, at Raider Stadium.

Hudson overcame three penalties while eating up over eight minutes of clock before quarterback Keyser Helterbrand hit Ben Karls for a 9-yard touchdown pass and Karls added the extra point.

Hudson's Cole Godbout sacked Spartan quarterback Spencer Udeen for a loss of 12 yards to end Superior's next drive and the Raiders played keep away the rest of the game, limiting Superior to just eight plays from scrimmage in the fourth quarter.

Kenny Hardman’s 15-yard first-down run with less than a minute remaining allowed the Raiders to run out the clock and improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the BRC.

While Superior outgained Hudson 149-106 in yards in the first half, the Raiders held the Spartans to just 16 yards in the second half and ended up with a 231-165 advantage.

Hudson ran 68 plays to just 46 for Superior, and had a 30-19 advantage in first downs.

Riley Brown led Hudson on the ground with 56 yards and Helterbrand was 8-of-14 passing for 111 yards. Karls caught seven passes for 77 yards.

The Spartans had two excellent scoring chances in the first half, but both times they were stopped on fourth down inside the 15-yard line.

The Raiders will visit Menomonie (4-0, 2-0) this Friday, Sept. 15. The Mustangs are coming off a 44-0 victory over Eau Claire North last week.

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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