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UPDATE: Hudson wins first conference football title since 1982; host Rapids in 1st round of playoffs

The Hudson Raider football team will host Wisconsin Rapids Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 Level 1 playoff game.

The Raiders (6-1 BRC, 8-1 overall) clinched their first conference championship in 27 years with a convincing 35-3 victory over Eau Claire Memorial Thursday night at Carson Park in Eau Claire.

The conference title is the first ever for Hudson in the Big Rivers Conference. The last championship came in 1982 when the Raiders competed in the Middle Border Conference.

Travis Hilden, Beau Hommes and Tyler Smith all scored touchdowns on the ground for Hudson, Davy Branson threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Derek Krumrei and Tyler Smrcina returned a punt 56-yards for a touchdown while Jake Denison was perfect on all five of his extra point kicks to account for the Raider scoring Thursday night.

Smith led the Raiders with 91 yards rushing while Andy Edholm finished with 83, Hommes had 62, Austin Lenzen finshed with 61 and Hilden added 45. The Raider defense held Eau Claire Memorial to just 26 rushing yards and 214 total yards.

Hudson and Menomonie each finished the regular season with 6-1 conference records to share the 2009 championship.

The Raiders were awarded the No. 3 seed in the 8-team playoff bracket. The winner of Tuesday night's game between the Raiders and Wisconsin Rapids (4-2, 4-5) will face the winner of the game between No. 2 seeded Stevens Point (6-0, 9-0) and Oshkosh West (5-4, 5-4), Saturday, Oct. 31.

Hudson defeated Wisconsin Rapids 21-13 in the season opener Aug. 28.

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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