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High school football: Wildcats 34, Superior 28

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/

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.

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.

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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