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Defense leads the ways in Hudson's 20-0 victory over Chanhassen

Hudson running back Max Gierke is stopped just short of the goal line in the second quarter of the Raider football team's nonconference game at Chanhassen on Friday night, Aug. 30. Gierke carried the ball for a touchdown on the very next play to extend the Raider lead to 12-0. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Hudson wide receiver Alex Herink hauls in a pass from quarterback Landry Otten for a two-point conversion to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead in the second quarter at Chanhassen on Friday night, Aug. 30. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Hudson's defense forced three turnovers and the Raider defense took advantage of good field position as the Raider football team posted a 20-0 shutout victory last Friday night in Chanhassen, Minn.

The Raiders scored on drives of seven, 24 and 38 yards and held Chanhassen to a total of 176 net yards to even their record at 1-1 heading into this Friday night's Big Rivers Conference opener at home against Rice Lake.

"It was really a grind-it-out type of game," Raider head coach Adam Kowles said. "The defense really played well, especially because of the balance that they have on offense being able to run and pass. Even though we gave up a few plays defensively, we really dug in when we had to in order to keep them out of the end zone."

The Raider defense forced two fumbles and picked up an interception and held Chanhassen to just 36 yards over the final 24 minutes. Chanhassen ran just 13 offensive plays in the second half.

A bad snap by Chanhassen led to Hudson's first points on a seven-yard run by Jordan Carranza before a Storm punt of 11 yards to begin the second quarter led to a one-yard touchdown plunge by fullback Max Gierke. Quarterback Landry Otten it wide receiver Alex Herink for the two-point conversion to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead.

Chanhassen drove inside the Raider ten yard line late in the first half but a sack by Jared Johnson pushed the Storm back to the 15 and after two incompletions in the final seconds, the score remained 14-0.

A short third-quarter punt by Chanhassen gave Hudson the ball at the Storm 38-yard line and two pass interference penalties gave Hudson first downs, quarterback John Uchytil found tight end Matt Johnson for a five-yard touchdown pass  to push the Raider lead to 20-0.

"Offensively it wasn't pretty, but the O-line got the job done," Kowles said. "They are really starting to come together. The timing in the backfield is still not where it needs to be. This is something that we need to work on if we are going to get better, but our receivers made the most out of their opportunities and made some nice plays downfield."

Gierke carried the ball 21 times for 68 yards to lead the Raider rushing attack while Jake Giordana caught two passes for 41 yards.

Jack Koski paced the defense with six tackles and Miles Lewis, Wes Korum, Cal Johnson and Jared Johnson recorded five each. Jared Johnson and Eliot Motu had a sack apiece while Ryan Reiter and Gavin Goeltz teamed up for a sack.

Kowles said there's still plenty of room for improvement but if felt good to pick up a win after a season-opening loss at Minnetonka a week earlier.

"We have a long way to go and need to improve in all phases, but it's always good to get a W," he said.

Hudson will play in front of its home crowd for the first time this season when it hosts Rice Lake this Friday night, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at Newton Field. The Warriors are off to a 2-0 start after beating Medford, 27-16, in week one and shutting out New Richmond, 41-0, last week.

Raiders         6        8        6        0--20

Chanhassen           0        0        0        0-- 0

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

HUD - Jordan Carranza 7-yard run (Kick failed)

Second Quarter

HUD - Max Gierke 1-yard run (Alex Herink pass from Landry Otten)

Third Quarter

HUD - Matt Johnson 5-yard pass from John Uchytil (Run failed)

Fourth Quarter

No scoring

Individual Statistics

RUSHING (att-yds): Gierke 21-68; Diemel 13-44; Uchytil 6-40; Carranza 4-13; Wiesemeyer 5-5; Bronson 2-4; Lewis 2-3; Oesterreich 1-2; Otten 2-0. Total 56-169.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yds): Landry Otten 1-4-0-14; John Uchytil 2-3-0-32. Total 3-7-0-46.

RECEIVING (rec-yds): Jake Giordana 2-41; Matt Johnson 1-5. Total 3-46.

TACKLES: Koski 6, Lewis 5, Korum 5, C. Johnson 5, J. Johnson 5, Bloomberg 4, E. Motu 3, Kraft 2, Meinke 2, Reiter 2, Goeltz 2, Bell 1, Traynor, 1, Godbout 1, Wusterbarth 1,

SACKS: E. Motu 1, J. Johnson 1, Reiter 0.5, Goeltz 0.5.

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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