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River Falls' Brad Freeborn (80) dives past Superior's Jake Libal (30) over the goal line for a first quarter touchdown for the Wildcats in Superior on Friday night. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

High school football: Wildcats 34, Superior 28

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Alex Call's 4-yard touchdown run with 5 seconds remaining gave the River Falls Wildcats a 34-28 win over the Superior High School football team Friday night, Sept. 7, before more than 1,000 fans at Ole Haugsrud Field in Superior.

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Call's scramble around the right end put the finishing touches on a wild game that saw 35 points scored in the fourth quarter.

River Falls led 20-7 when a Spartan touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter trimmed the lead to 20-14.

The Wildcat got that touchdown back 1:24 later when Aaron Rodewald ran untouched up the middle from 24 yards out. Alex Call's kick gave the Wildcats a 27-14 lead.

The Spartans moved the ball to the Wildcat 8 yard line with 5:06 remaining, but Jon Helgeson picked off a pass in the end zone to thwart the threat and fans started heading for the exits.

But on the very next play, Superior's Jaylon Brown recovered a fumble at the Wildcat 23-yard line and five players Superior scored to make it a 27-21 game with 3:47 left.

Superior returned an interception for a touchdown on the ensuing Wildcat drive to take a 28-27 lead.

The Wildcat's final drive started at their own 25 yard line with 2:19 remaining. River Falls then caught a break when a deflected pass went right into the arms of John Maillette for a 35-yard gain.

One play after Call was sacked, giving River Falls a third-and-20 at the Spartan 25, Superior was called for pass interference giving the Wildcats a first down at the 13 with 23 seconds left.

Three plays later Call scored the winning touchdown when he scrambled around the right end, avoided a Spartan defender at the 5-yard line, and scored with four seconds remaining.

See the Sept. 13 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the Wildcats' win.

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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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