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Raider roll on in football playoffs

Hudson students keep the spirit of Halloween alive as they celebrate the Raider football team’s 38-22 victory over Green Bay Preble in a WIAA Level 2 playoff game Saturday, Nov. 2, at Goerke Field in Stevens Point. (Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

The Raider football team erased an early 7-0 deficit with 24 unanswered points on its way to defeating Green Bay Preble, 38-22, in a WIAA Level 2 playoff game Saturday afternoon at Goerke Field in Stevens Point.

Hudson advances to face Appleton North in a Level 3 game next Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.

Green Bay Preble took the opening kickoff and marched for a touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead but after turning the ball over on its opening possession, the Raider put up 24 straight points, beginning with a 3-yard touchdown run by Hunter Frey with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter.

Landry Otten hit Jake Giordana for a 13-yard touchdown to give Hudson a 14-7 lead, and Kristian Bell kicked a 28-yard field goal on Hudson’s opening possession of the second half to extend the lead to 17-7.

A 40-yard touchdown pass from Otten to Giordana made it a 24-7 game with 5:47 remaining in the third quarter. Green Bay Preble cut the gap to 24-14 at the end of three, but Otten and Giordana hooked up for their third touchdown, a 35-yard strike on the first play of the fourth quarter to put Hudson up 31-14.

Green Bay Preble missed a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and the Raiders took over and marched 80-yards to extend their lead to 38-14 on a 27-yard touchdown run by Braden Marvin with 5:08 to play.

Green Bay Preble scored on a 53-yard hook-and-lateral on its first play from scrimmage following Marvin’s touchdown but the Raiders used a heavy dose of Wade Malecha and Marvin on the ground to make sure Green Bay Preble never got the ball again.

See the Nov. 7 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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