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Superior improves to 3-0

Superior Telegram The Superior High School football team opened play in the Big Rivers Conference with a 10-7 win over the Hudson Raiders Friday night at Newton Field in Hudson. Hudson kicker Kristian Bell missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as t...

Brett Lozon
Superior High School's Brett Lozon breaks up a pass intended for Hudson's Nick Holm Friday night in Hudson. (Bob Burrows / bburrows@rivertowns.net)

Superior Telegram

 

The Superior High School football team opened play in the Big Rivers Conference with a 10-7 win over the Hudson Raiders Friday night at Newton Field in Hudson.

Hudson kicker Kristian Bell missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired giving the Spartans their second straight win over the Raiders and records of 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the BRC. Hudson falls to 0-2 and 0-1.

“The kids fought hard and picked up a win against a very good football team,” SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said.

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The Spartans had a chance to seal the win a bit earlier when they ate up five minutes of the clock and moved the ball to Hudson’s 5-yard line.

But just as running back Ross Kennelly fought for extra yards near the goal line, he fumbled and Hudson’s Joe Geissler recovered the ball in the end zone with 1:58 remaining.

Hudson quarterback Charlie Richards then hit Thomas Newell for one first down, scrambled for another on 4th-and-3, and found Joe Gagliardi over the middle putting the ball on the Spartan 26 with 11 seconds remaining.

On the next play Spartan defensive lineman Christian Pettit sacked Richards for a 7-yard loss with four seconds on the clock.

Hudson burned its final time out and sent Bell out for the potential game-tying field goal with the ball spotted at the 40. His kick had enough distance, but drifted wide right as time expired.

The Spartans have all of a sudden become a thorn in the side of the Raiders.

After snapping Hudson’s 19-game BRC winning streak last season with a 35-28 win in Superior, the Spartans handed the Raiders their first home conference loss in nearly five years on Friday.

Hudson’s last home loss in league play was to Eau Claire Memorial in the last game of the 2010 season.

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Superior has now won nine straight BRC games.

The game was pretty even statistically with Hudson finishing with 236 yards to 233 for Superior. Both teams had 13 first downs and both teams were forced to punt four times.

One stat in favor of Superior was penalties. The Spartans had just three penalties for 15 yards, while the Raiders were penalized nine times for 61 yards.

Kennelly led Superior on offensive with 67 yards rushing on 14 carries. On defense he had a team-high 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Mitch Anderson added 61 yards rushing and caught two passes for 50 yards. Beau Girard rushed for 13 yards and caught two passes, and Lozon had two catches for 31 yards.

Spartan quarterback Gunner Johnson was 6-of-15 passing for 98 yards with a touchdown and interceptions.

Dayton Diemel finished with 102 yards rushing on 24 carries for Hudson. Richards added 51 yards rushing and was 2-of-10 passing for 40 yards. Zander Motu led the Raiders with 10 tackles.

Hudson had a chance to get on the scoreboard first when it moved into a third-and-goal situation from the 1-yard line on its second drive of the game.

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But back-to-back illegal motion penalties were followed by a botched snap on a 25-yard field goal attempt, leaving the game scoreless.

The first turnover of the game went in favor of Superior when Donovan Luoma stole a handoff between Hudson’s quarterback and running back with 6:11 left in the second quarter.

The turnover turned into a 7-0 lead for Superior when Johnson found Lozon in the back of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Kline booted the extra point with 3:21 left in the first half.

After stopping Hudson on fourth down on the opening drive of the second half, the Spartans moved the ball 45 yards and took a 10-0 lead on Kline’s 37-yard field goal with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

Johnson helped keep the scoring drive alive when his 7-yard run on fourth down gave the Spartans a first down at the 17-yard line. Kline’s field goal came three plays later.

After Superior forced a Hudson punt, the Raiders’ only touchdown was set up when Josh Frey recovered a Johnson fumble and returned it to the Spartans’ 18-yard line with seven minutes remaining.

Five plays later Diemel scored from a yard out and Bell’s kicked the extra point to make the score 10-7 with 5:33 remaining.

Superior will play its first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday against Chippewa Falls.

SPARTAN SPIN: Harrison Doane also had a sack for Superior. … Spartan punter Beau Reder averaged 42-2 yards on four punts. … Superior entered Friday’s game ranked No. 9 in Division 2 and Hudson (0-2) was No. 10 in Division 1. … It was 85 degrees at kickoff. It was only 61 degrees as the same time in Superior. … The SHS DECA organization will hold its annual tailgate party prior to Friday’s game. Money raised from the vent will be donated to the Douglas County Veterans Services, which helps out local vets with housing assistance, education/retraining, and loans.

 

Superior............... 0     7       3      0      -      10

Hudson............... 0     0       0      7      -      7       

First Quarter

No scoring

Second Quarter

SHS - Brett Lozon 23-yard pass from Gunner Johnson (Sam Kline kick), 3:21.

Third Quarter

SHS - Kline 37-yard field, 2:16.

Fourth Quarter

H - Dayton Diemel 1-yard run (Kristian Bell kick), 5:33.

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Team Stats

                                            SHS             H

Total Net Yards....................... 233            236

Comp-Att-Int........................ 6-15-1         2-10-0

Passing yards......................... 98              40

Rushing............................... 41-135        46-196

First Downs............................ 13              13

Punt Returns.......................... 0-0            2-24

Kickoff Returns....................... 1-14           3-30

Sacks..................................... 2               1

Punts.................................. 4-42.2         4-31.5

Fumbles-Lost.......................... 2-2             1-1

Penalties-Yards...................... 3-15           9-61

Time of Possession:................ 27:32          20:28

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Individual Stats

RUSHING - Superior, Ross Kennelly 14-67; Mitch Anderson 16-61; Beau Girard 4-13; Brett Lozon 1-3; Gunner Johnson 6-(-9). Hudson, Dayton Diemel 24-102; Charlie Richards 12-51; Nick Holm 4-32; Stephen Tripiccho 3-5.

PASSING - Superior, Johnson 6-15-1-98. Hudson, Richards 2-10-0-40.

RECEIVING - Superior, Anderson 2-50; Lozon 2-31; Girard 2-17. Hudson, Joe Gagliardi 1-21; Thomas Newell 1-19.

DEFNSIVE TACKLES

Superior - Kennelly, 10; Joey Miller, 9; Harrison Doane, 9; Garrett Hobson, 7; Donovan Luoma, 7; Corey Sanders, 5; Girard, 3; Max Plunkett, 3; Christian Pettitt, 3; Josiah McDonald, 3; Lozon, 2; Anderson, 2; Zach Tharge, 2; Gunnar Gronski, 2; Johnson, 1; Beau Reder, 1.

Hudson - Zander Motu, 10; Joe Geissler, 6; Reed Junco, 5.

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