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High school football: Hudson 42, River Falls 7

Wildcat running back Josiah Harris tries to elude a Hudson defender in the second half of the Cats' 42-7 loss to the Raiders Friday night at Newton Field. Bob Burrows photo.

The Hudson High School football team retained possession of the Little Brown Jug for the third straight year and improved to 7-0 in the process by defeating River Falls, 42-7, Friday night, Oct. 5, at Newton Field.

Hudson, ranked No. 6 in this week's WisSports.Net Division 1 coaches' poll, got on the board in the opening minute on a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan Loughney, three plays after Mike Hommes returned the opening kickoff to the Wildcat 22.

The Wildcats answered following an interception by Bucky Rudesill at his own 39. A big fourth down pass from Alex Call to Brad Freeborn kept the drive alive at the Hudson 20, and four plays later Call found Josiah Harris wide open in the corner of the end zone to tie the score.

Hommes returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Ethan Stanchik recovered a Wildcat fumble and returned it 30 yards for a score before another Loughney touchdown, from a yard out, gave Hudson a 28-7 halftime lead.

Loughney scored his third touchdown of the game from 4-yards out late in the third quarter and Andrew Dickerson added an 8-yard touchdown run with 8:34 remaining to make the final 42-7.

The victory sets up a showdown for all the marbles in the Big Rivers Conference next Friday, Oct. 12, in Menomonie. Hudson and Menomonie both enter the game with records of 6-0 in the BRC, 7-0 overall.

River Falls, now 4-3 overall, 3-3 in the BRC, will visit Rice Lake (4-3, 3-3) with a playoff spot on the line.

See the Oct. 10 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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