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Raiders hold off Minnetonka in football opener

Hudson's student section salutes quarterback John Uchytil during the Raiders' 27-24 victory over Minnetonka Friday night. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

Hudson jumped out to a 20-0 lead against Minnetonka, Minn. in Friday night’s high school football opener at Newton Field, but the Raiders needed an onside kick recovery and a big first down in the final minute to hold on for a 27-24 victory.

Minnetonka scored 17 unanswered points to whittle Hudson’s lead to 20-17 midway through the fourth quarter before quarterback John Uchytil hit wide receiver Henrik Wiesemeyer all alone on the sideline for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 4:14 remaining to give the Raiders some breathing room. But Minnetonka marched 80 yards to pull to within three again on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jack Burns with 1:45 remaining.

The Skippers’ onside kick attempt was fielded cleanly by Hudson’s Lucas Traynor near midfield, and after fullback Dayton Diemel ran for a first down on 3<sup>rd</sup>-and-9 with 55 seconds remaining, Uchytil kneeled down twice to run out the clock and preserve the Raiders’ 27-24 victory.

Uchytil scored on a 32-yard run on Hudson’s second possession of the game and Yuri Bronson took a pitch from Uchytil and scored from 13 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to make the score 14-0.

Diemel scored on a 4-yard run following a Traynor interception to extend the Raiders’ lead to 20-0 before Minnetonka got on the scoreboard with a 24-yard field goal just before halftime.

See the Aug. 28 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more on the Raiders’ season opening win.

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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