HUDSON, Wis. -- The Hudson Raiders gave the New Richmond Tigers another dose of what life in the Big Rivers Conference is like Friday night, Oct. 9, at Raider Stadium.
Hudson scored on six of its first seven possessions to open up a 34-0 lead before the Tigers put a pair of touchdowns on the board in the second half in a 34-14 loss to the Raiders.
The loss comes one week after a 42-0 defeat at the hands of Menomonie, and head coach Reggie Larson said while the Tigers played better Friday night in Hudson, they have work to do to get to the level of the Mustangs and Raiders.
“We got pounded by Menomonie and we played Hudson a little tighter,” Larson noted. “If we want to be successful in this league, those are two cream of the crop teams that we’re going to have to go up against year in and year out. It’s a really good message to our younger guys, where hey, if that’s someone you want to beat, we have to look like those guys. We can’t show up with what we’ve been doing and continue to think it’s going to change overnight because it’s not.”
Hudson wasted no time jumping on the Tigers with Matteo Bonnin carrying the ball two straight times for 39 yards to move the ball from the Raider 34 yard-line to the Tiger 15. Three plays later Bonnin burst into the end zone from 8 yards out and Carter Mears added the extra point to give Hudson a 7-0 lead 1 minute, 23 seconds into the game.
Troy Bounting scored from 15-yards out later in the quarter and Bonnin dove over for a 6-yard score early in the second to extend the Raider lead to 21-0. Two Mears’ field goals from 21 and 27 yards made it a 27-0 game at halftime.
Hudson coach Adam Kowles said the Raiders had a good week of practice leading up to the game and it showed in their quick start.
“Last week I didn’t think we had a great week of practice but this week we had a good week, and that carries over,” he said. “It’s just something that you do and when you have a great week and you can see it on Friday nights.”
Raider quarterback Owen Anderson found Bounting in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown on Hudson’s first possession of the third quarter to widen the gap to 34-0 before the Tigers answered with a 65-yard scoring drive.
Sophomore quarterback Seamus Scanlan converted a 4th-and-7 pass to Keenan Stowers down to the Raider 11 before Scanlan hit tight end Noah Rud from three yards out for the Tigers’ first touchdown in seven quarters.
Stowers added a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:55 remaining to make the final 34-14.
Larson had high praise for his sophomore quarterback Scanlan, who finished 10-of-17 passing for 90 yards and a score.
“I was joking with the coaches that this kid was playing Middle Border freshman football and now we’re asking him to play against the Hudson Raiders,” Larson said. “That’s a big jump for him and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Obviously, there’s going to be some stuff you have to clean up, but I thought he did a really nice job.”
On the other side, Anderson completed six of seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown while Mears was 1-of-2 for 19 yards. The Raiders outgained the Tigers 412-243. Bonnin accounted for 142 yards on the ground on 11 carries while catching two passes for 54 yards.
The victory also capped Hudson’s Homecoming Week.
“We’d love the crowd to be here and we’d love everybody here, but it’s football and we’re playing and we’re happy, really happy, to be playing, because we know some teams aren’t,” he said. “The message of, play it like it’s your last game is an easy one because it might be, you never know with what’s going on. And I think the guys have embraced that and we’re just going to keep at it.”
Hudson, now 2-1 on the season, will host Rice Lake Friday, Oct. 16, while New Richmond (1-2) is looking for an opponent for next week after its game with River Falls was postponed due by the Wildcats in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
River Falls postpones 2
The Wildcats’ were forced to cancel their game at Menomonie last Friday night, and their scheduled game at New Richmond this Friday, Oct. 16, after a member of the Wildcat coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The River Falls School District sent a letter to parents Wednesday, Oct. 14, stating that the staff member was in contact with some members of the team Tuesday, Sept. 29, and again Friday, Oct. 2. In adherence with protocols outlined by the Pierce County Health Department, close contacts as determined by local health officials and the school district, will be excluded from school for 14 days from their last date of exposure to the positive individual and will be monitored for symptoms. The athletes that came in contact with the coach will not be allowed to practice or play until they have been determined not to be infectious.
According to the letter from the school district, no other fall sports teams or classroom/student/staff are affected, and no other decisions or changes have been made related to football or other fall -- or winter -- programs.
River Falls activities director Rollie Halls said the Wildcat game at Menomonie has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, while the New Richmond game has yet to be determined.