The Superior High School football team will attempt to get back into the win column tonight at Hudson.
The Spartans fell to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the Big Rivers Conference with a 24-20 loss last week at Eau Claire Memorial.
The Raiders enter tonight’s game with records of 2-1 and 1-0. They are coming off a 49-14 win over Eau Claire North, after opening the season with a 28-10 win over Kenosha Indian Trail and a 23-21 loss to Stevens Point.
“Hudson returns several key players from last year’s team and they are consistently one of the top programs in the state,” SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. “They have numbers, depth and they are very sound in everything they do.”
The Raiders, who finished second in the BRC last season, return quarterbacks Max Stubbendick and Keyser Helterbrand and running back Aaron Squires.
Squires and Riley Brown each ran for more than 100 yards and scored five touchdowns between them — all in the first half — in Hudson’s win over ECN.
Squires finished with 119 yards and three scores and Brown totaled 100 yards and two touchdowns as Hudson put up a total of 382 yards on the ground.
Hudson finished with 415 yards of total offense, including a 33-yard pass from Stubbendick to Ben Karls on the Raiders only pass attempt of the game.
On the season, Helterbrand and Stubbendick are a combined 15-of-23 passing for 296 yards and Karls has seven catches for 184 yards.
Superior trailed ECM 14-0 in the first quarter before getting its offense rolling and eventually taking a 20-17 lead on a Elijah Owen’s 3-yard touchdown with 8:23 remaining.
A long kick-off return set up Jack Brown’s game-winning 1-yard touchdown run with 7:14 remaining.
Despite the loss, Superior outgained ECM on offense, 267-249, including 226-173 rushing.
Gunnar Gronski led the Spartans on the ground with 145 yards on 26 carries. Spencer Udeen added 35 yards on nine carries and was 2-of-9 passing for 41 yards. Owens and Corey Sanders caught passes from Udeen, who will make his second straight start in place of Luke Drougas.
Joe Carter led the Spartans on defense with nine tackles (four unassisted). Chase Summerfield added eight tackles (two unassisted) and he recovered a fumble.
“We’ve had some younger kids really step up and it’s been cool to see how well our team has come together over the course of the season so far,” DeMeyer said. “I’m proud of how Spencer has accepted the challenge of leading this team and equally proud of how so many others have grown so quickly and become strong leaders.”
SPARTAN SPIN: Tonight’s game begins at 7 and will be carried live on the web at ifan.tv. … Hudson coach Adam Kowles has a record of 81-46 in 13 seasons. … Hudson defeated Superior 35-14 in a battle of undefeated teams last season in Superior. It was also a game that saw both teams turn the ball over five times and both teams whistled for 10 penalties.