The Superior High School football team fell from the ranks of undefeated teams with a 49-24 loss to the Hudson Raiders, Friday, Sept. 20, at Hudson.
The Spartans led 24-21 at halftime, but couldn’t stop the Raiders in the second half as they fell to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Rivers Conference.
Hudson’s offense was dominating, running 80 plays to just 42 for Superior; and finishing with 385 yards, including 335 rushing. Superior finished with 191 yards, including 136 passing and 55 rushing.
Hunter Danielson and Owen Anderson combined for 191 yards and five touchdowns as the Raiders improved to 2-3, 2-1.
“Hudson was every bit as good as we thought they'd be,” SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. “Their size, speed, depth and execution were all factors. We did some things to hang in there and compete in the first half, but hats off to Hudson, they have a great program, they were very well prepared and they, as expected, hit all all cylinders."
The game started off as a defensive battle with each team punting the first two times they had the ball.
On Hudson’s second punt, Superior was called for roughing the kicker, giving the ball back to the Raiders, who eventually moved the ball inside the 20.
On a first-down play for Hudson, Superior’s Cody Kurki stripped the ball away from the ball carrier and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown. The Spartans missed the extra point, making the score 6-0 with 47 seconds left in the first quarter.
The game turned into a track meet in the second quarter with 39 points scored, including three touchdowns in a span of 1:14.
Danielson scored from 4 yards out and Hudson took a 7-6 lead on Dan Zeuli’s extra-point kick.
Will Schorr’s long kick return set up Caden Stone’s 3-yard TD run, but Superior was stopped on the two-point conversion.
Hudson did Shorr’s return one better with Matteo Bonnin returning the ensuing kick 77 yards for a touchdown and a 14-12 Raider lead.
The Spartans took the lead right back on Carter Fonger’s 27-yard touchdown pass from Kimmes, but another long kick return, and a pass to the 1-yard line set up Danielson’s second TD making the score 21-18 with 1:49 left fin the half.
The Spartans weren’t done yet as they started at their own 35 and six plays later took a 24-21 lead on Kimmes’ 35-yard TD pass to Brady Herbst with no time left on the clock.
The Spartans failed on all four extra-points attempts (two kicking and two running).
After a pair of punts to open the second half, Hudson took a 28-24 lead when a 95-yard drive ended with Danielson scoring from 5 yards out with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
Anderson scored on runs of 34 and 17 yards early in the fourth quarter and Chase McArthur completed the scoring with a 2-yard TD run.
“We were out-coached and out-played, that's the reality of it," DeMeyer said. "We'll rebound and fix what we can to get back on track, I'm very confident of that.”
Superior hosts Chippewa Falls at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.
SPARTAN SPIN: Superior was ranked No. 9 among Division 2 teams in the latest wissports.net Coaches Poll.