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Raider playoff run ends at Stevens Point

Raider receiver Derek Krumrei (81) holds onto the ball despite being draped by three Stevens Point defenders in Hudson's 28-8 playoff loss at Stevens Point Saturday night. Bob Burrows photo

Four nights after the Hudson football team got off to a great start in its 21-6 WIAA Level 1 playoff victory over Wisconsin Rapids, the Raiders found themselves in a scoreless slugfest through most of the first half in Stevens Point.

Unlike Tuesday, however, Stevens Point scored the first touchdown of the game Saturday, then used the momentum to add two third quarter touchdowns on its way to ending the Raiders' season with a 28-8 Level 2 playoff victory.

Stevens Point improved to 11-0 with the win and moves on to face top-seed and undefeated Appleton North in a state quarterfinal game Saturday in Appleton while the Big Rivers Conference Raiders' season came to an end with a record of 9-2.

Raider head coach Adam Kowles said his players have no reason to hang their heads after advancing to the second round of the state playoffs.

"I can't say enough how impressed I have been with the effort of the players," he said. "They really laid it all on the line and left it all out on the field, no question about it. They were truly a pleasure to work with all season long and I'm proud to be associated with Hudson Raider football. The outcome of this game definitely does not change that. It's tough to swallow now, but in time we will be able to look back on this season and be proud of what was accomplished."

For the full story, see the Nov. 5th print edition of the Star-Observer.

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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