Three games to watch

Races, rivalries and bragging rights are in the spotlight this week

Cross Country: River Falls Extreme Meet

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the River Falls Extreme Meet returns Thursday on the campus of UW-River Falls. The meet is the traditional season-opener for the Wildcats and consists of a course that runs through and across the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River and up and down the increasingly muddy campus trails, ending on the UWRF intramural fields. For $5 you can throw on an old pair of running shoes and take part in the spectator race after the high school races are over.

Details: Thursday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., UW-River Falls intramural fields

Football: River Falls vs. Hudson

For the first time since 1989, the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug between Hudson and River Falls will be played as a nonconference game while the Wildcats play this season in the Mississippi Valley Conference before returning to the Big Rivers next season. Hudson has taken the jug in 11 of the previous 12 seasons, including a 31-20 victory last year. Friday’s game will mark the 104th meeting between the two teams and 68th battle for the Little Brown Jug. River Falls leads the “Jug Series” 36-31.

Details: Friday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field

Football: Somerset vs. New Richmond

It will be a family affair in Somerset when longtime coach Bruce Larson and the Spartans host New Richmond and fourth-year Tiger coach Reggie Larson, Bruce’s son. Bruce Larson is in his 38th year with the Somerset program, the last 21 as head coach, and has guided the Spartans to three state championships while Reggie Larson led the Tigers to two Level 2 playoffs appearances in his first two seasons and is 18-12 in his three years at the helm.

Details: Friday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., Somerset High School Field

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