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Wildcats fall to unbeaten Superior

River Falls’ Jon Krueger is hit by Superior’s Sam Freeman after catching a short pass in the second half of the Wildcats’ 38-27 loss to the Spartans Friday night at Ramer Field. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)

The Superior High School football team improved to 4-0 for the first time since the Spartans’ state championship season in 1990 season with a 38-27 win over the River Falls Wildcats Friday night, Sept. 13, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

The win keeps the Spartans undefeated in the Big Rivers Conference at 2-0, while River Falls drops to 1-3 and 0-2.

River Falls held a 214-176 advantage in yards gained in the first half but Superior turned up pressure on defense in the second half, limiting the Wildcats to just 108 yards and a touchdown that came with just 26 seconds remaining.

The Spartans’ defense limited the Wildcats to just three plays on their first three drives of the second half then recovered a fumble on the fourth drive.

River Falls overcame three penalties on its first drive and made it a 7-6 game with a 28-yard touchdown pass from running back Jon Krueger to Adrian Paurus. The extra point missed wide left with 4:08 left in the opening quarter. The touchdown was the first against the Spartans in the first quarter this season.

Midway through the second quarter the Wildcats marched 68 yards before quarterback James Witt went up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. The Cats failed on the two-point conversion attempt, leaving the score 17-12 in favor of Superior with 7:15 left in the half.

After the Spartans extended their lead to 24-12, the Wildcats quickly moved the ball 52 yards and got within 24-20 on Witt’s 5-yard touchdown run and a completed pass on the two-point conversion with 12 seconds left in the half.

The Spartans scored two second half touchdowns before Wildcat backup quarterback Trey Larson found Paurus for a 16-yard touchdown with 26 seconds remaining in the game.

See the Sept. 19 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the game.

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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