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Raiders repeat as BRC football champs

The Raider football team storms the student section after defeating Menomonie 28-10 to win the Big Rivers Conference football championship Friday night at Newton Field. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

There was plenty of hype surrounding Friday night’s battle for the Big Rivers Conference football title between Hudson and Menomonie at Newton Field. And the game lived up to expectations.

Landry Otten’s second touchdown pass of the game to Jake Giordana late in the third quarter gave Hudson a 14-10 lead, and Wade Malecha ran for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns as the Raiders won their second straight undisputed conference title with a 28-10 victory over the Mustangs.

Both teams came into the final game of the regular season undefeated in conference play, and the Raiders took a 7-0 lead on the opening possession of the game on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Otten to Giordana.

Menomonie answered with a touchdown on its first possession to tie the score and kicked a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter to take a 10-7 halftime lead. The Raiders turned the ball over three times in the first half—twice on interceptions and once on a fumble.

Hudson’s defense stopped Menomonie twice on downs deep in Raider territory in the third quarter, including on 4<sup>th</sup>-and-goal at the 1-foot line, before Otten hit Giordana for a 54-yard touchdown pass to give Hudson a 14-10 lead with 12 seconds left in the quarter.

Malecha, who was playing for the first time since injuring his knee of his very first carry of the season Aug. 23 at Minnetonka, bounced outside and sprinted 40-yards down the sideline to extend Hudson’s lead to 21-10 with 4:19 remaining, then provided the final dagger with a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:58 on the clock.

See the Oct. 24 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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