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Raiders beat Rice Lake in OT thriller

Raider football players celebrate with their classmates after defeating Rice Lake 28-21 in overtime Friday night, Sept 6, at Newton Field. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

John Uchytil’s second touchdown pass of the game to Jake Giordana in overtime gave Hudson a 28-21 come-from-behind victory over Rice Lake in the Big Rivers Conference opener Friday night, Sept. 6, at Newton Field.

A high snap on a Rice Lake punt attempt from the Warriors own 5-yard line with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining sailed through the back of the end zone for a safety to tie the score, 21-21, and force overtime.

Uchytil hit Giordana for a 14-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ first possession of the extra session and Christian Bell drilled the extra point to give the Raiders their first lead of the game, 28-21.

Rice Lake moved the ball to the Raider 3-yard line on its overtime possession but after a sack by Jared Johnson resulted in a five-yard loss, the Raider defense forced an incomplete pass along the sideline on fourth down to clinch the victory.

Braden Marvin accounted for the only Raider touchdown of the first half as Rice Lake took a 14-7 halftime lead. Max Gierke scored on a 3-yard touchdown run on the Raiders’ first possession of the second half and Uchytil hooked up with Giordana for a 76-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to make it a 21-19 game.

See the Sept. 12 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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