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Wildcats top Tigers in football opener

River Falls celebrates a first quarter touchdown run by Greg Matheson. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)

River Falls scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to break open a close game and post a 26-13 victory over New Richmond in the 2013 high school football opener Friday night in New Richmond.

Leading 14-13 with one quarter to play, Sam Lenzen returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats some breathing room and Jon Krueger iced the win with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:09 remaining.

River Falls scored on its first possession of the game when Greg Matheson capped an 84-yard drive with a 20-yard scoring run. After a missed extra point attempt, the Tigers answered with a long scoring drive of their own to take a 7-6 lead.

The Tigers took advantage of a Wildcat fumble early in the second quarter and scored to take a 13-6 lead, but River Falls went into the half leading 14-13 thanks to a 1-yard TD plunge and two-point conversion by Adrian Paurus.

After a scoreless third quarter, Lenzen’s punt return gave River Falls a 20-13 lead with 10:03 remaining. Krueger made the final 26-13 when he capped a 45-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:09 left.

See the Aug. 29 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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