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Raiders down defending state champs in opener

Raider fullback Wade Malecha looks for the referee's touchdown signal as he crosses the goal line for a 14-yard score Friday night at Newton Field. Bob Burrows photo.

The Hudson Raider football team scored on its first two possessions of the game, the scored a pair of touchdowns in the final minute to defeat the defending Division 1 state champion Kenosha Bradford Red Devils, 28-7, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Newton Field.

Wade Malecha scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards to stake Hudson to a 14-0 first quarter lead. The score remained that way until midway through the fourth quarter when Bradford scored on a 4th-and-1 play from the Raider two yard line.

Hudson's defense came up with a huge fourth down stop of the Red Devils at Bradford's 30 yard line with under three minutes remaining, and after a pair of Red Devil penalties and two first down runs by quarterback Mike Hommes, fullback Alex Paulson broke free on 4th-and-1 for a 10-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds remaining.

Dan Kelly returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown with 5 seconds left to make the final 28-7.

The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for Kenosha Bradford dating back to the 2010 WIAA state semifinals.

See the Aug. 30 print edition of the Hudson Star-Observer for more on the Raiders' season-opening victory.

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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