HUDSON, Wis. -- Hudson football coach Adam Kowles said the Raiders knew last Friday’s game against Wisconsin Rapids might be their last home game of the season, so he was glad to see the Raiders finish on a strong note.
Four different Raiders rushed for double-digit yardage, three different receivers caught passes, and the Hudson defense forced three turnovers and registered eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage as the Raiders jumped on Wisconsin Rapids early in a 33-14 victory.
“That was a good team win,” Kowles said. “It was great to see so many different guys contribute on Friday night.”
While the Raiders got contributions across the board, senior running back Matteo Bonnin provided most of the highlights with a touchdown catch of 38 yards, a touchdown run of 63 yards and a 87-yard kickoff return for a score. Bonnin added two punt returns for 31 yards to finish with 247 all-purpose yards in the win.
Bonnin opened the scoring when he took a screen pass and went 38 yards to the house on the Raiders’ first possession. Quarterback Owen Anderson took it in himself for an eight-yard score on the next possession to give Hudson a 14-0 lead seven minutes into the game.
Hudson’s first punt of the game was misplayed by Rapids and Nick Jilek pounced on the loose ball at the Red Raider seven before Matthew Nordahl ran around the edge for a seven-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to extend Hudson’s lead to 21-0.
Wisconsin Rapids capped a long drive with a four-yard touchdown run from Leo Brostowitz just before halftime but Bonnin fielded the ensuing kick at his own 13 and followed his blocks before outrunning everyone for an 87-yard kickoff return to make it a 27-7 game at the break.
Another Bonnin touchdown run, this one from 63-yards out to open the second half, extended Hudson’s lead to 33-7 before Wisconsin Rapids got a late TD to make the final 33-14.
Bonnin finished with 91 rushing yards on six carries and Jaiden Warner had 44 yards on eight attempts while Theron Haines carried the ball three times for 36 yards and Anderson ran the ball five times for 32 yards. The Raiders finished with 202 of their 253 yards on the ground.
“The O-line did a nice job creating some holes and the backs did a great job running hard,” Kowles said. “We had a bunch of different people touch the ball and I was pleased with how everyone played.”
Jack Radermacher led the defense with six total tackles, including one for a loss, and a fumble recovery, while Reese Thompson and Brandon Moeri had two tackles for loss each. Jilek also recovered a fumble that led to a score while Evan Tyler had an interception.
“We tackled well, which I always think is the name of the game on defense,” Kowles said. “When we are able to get so many players running to the ball it makes it hard on the other team's offense to get going. The defense didn't let up in the second half and kept pressuring their ball carriers.”
Hudson, now 5-1, will play Muskego in Marshfield Friday, Nov. 6, before awaiting the WIAA’s announcement of what the two-week “culminating event” will consist of.