The Raiders improved to 1-0 in the Big Rivers Conference and 2-1 overall Friday night with an exciting 28-21 overtime win over Rice Lake.
Rice Lake took a 21-19 lead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter against the Raiders.
Down by 2 points with just 3:13 left in the fourth quarter, the Raiders powered out a huge first down, giving Hudson first and goal from the 2 yard line.
But the Rice Lake defense held strong, keeping the Raiders out of the end zone on three consecutive runs, bringing up a 4th and 1 play.
With 1:30 left in the game, the Raiders decided to go for a touchdown. The Raiders fumbled the snap and Rice Lake took over on the 1 yard line.
On first down, Rice Lake pushed the ball out to about the 5 yard line. Hudson's defense forced a 4th and 3 with 1:11 left in the game.
That's when the Rice Lake long-snapper snapped the ball over the punter's head and out of the back of the end zone for a safety, tying the game up 21-21.
In overtime, Hudson struck first with a touchdown on 3rd and a long 10, and followed up with an extra point, taking a 28-21 lead. The Hudson defense kept Rice Lake out of the end zone, sealing the overtime win.
After two games across the river in Minnesota, Hudson will host Rice Lake in tonight’s football home opener at Newton Field.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the game, watch a live stream on the MSBN Sports Network. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Read the Star-Observer's story about the Hudson Benchwarmers work to support the Raiders, and their need for volunteers and financial assistance.
- Click here to help paint Newton Field
- Click here to help with Thursday night spaghetti dinners
- Click here to help with concessions
Friday, Aug. 23 at Minnetonka (L 43-23)
Friday, Aug. 29 at Chanhassen (W 20-0)
Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Rice Lake
Thursday, Sept. 12 at Chippewa Falls
Friday, Sept. 20 vs. at Eau Claire North
Friday, Sept. 27 vs. Eau Claire Memorial
Friday, Oct. 4 vs. Superior High School
Friday, Oct. 11 at River Falls
Friday, Oct. 18 vs. Menomonie
The 2013 WIAA tournament begins Oct. 25 and concludes with championship games on Nov. 21.