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Football: Raiders roll past ECM

Hudson quarterback Keyser Helterbrand splits a pair of Eau Claire Memorial defenders at midfield on his way to a 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the Raider's 43-21 homecoming victory over the Old Abes Friday night, Oct. 5, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Keyser Helterbrand ran for four touchdowns and threw for another-- all in the first half-- and the Raider football team remained tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 43-21 homecoming victory over Eau Claire Memorial Friday, Oct. 5, in Hudson.

The outcome, coupled with River Falls' 40-16 win over Superior and Menomonie's 26-20 loss to Rice Lake, leaves the Raiders and Wildcats tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with one game remaining.

Hudson scored on its first two possessions Friday night with Helterbrand connecting with Ben Karls for a 46-yard touchdown and carrying the ball over from five yards to give the Raiders a quick 14-0 lead.

Sage Lewis scored from three yards out later in the first quarter before Helterbrand scored on touchdown runs of 1, 70 and 5 yards to make it a 43-7 game at halftime.

Helterbrand finished with 109 yards on 11 carries and added 92-yards on 6-of-11 passing. Karls caught four balls for 72 yards and a score.

Cade McDonald had five tackles, two for a loss, and Torin Phillips and Easton Belland had an interception each for the Raider defense.

Hudson, now 7-1 overall, 5-1 in the BRC, will wrap up the regular season at Chippewa Falls (4-4, 2-4) Friday, Oct. 12.

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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