The Raiders got beat up in a tough opening night test on the gridiron in a 43-23 road game against Minnesota powerhouse, Minnetonka.
The Skippers built a 29-0 lead over the Raiders and never looked back.
The Raiders will take on Chanhassen next Friday in another non-conference matchup.
Coming off of their best season in school history, the Hudson Raiders will kick off the 2013 prep football schedule on Friday in Minnetonka.
You can watch a live stream of the game on the MSBN Sports Network. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 23 at Minnetonka
- Friday, Aug. 29 at Chanhassen
- 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
Raiders lost more than 40 seniors from last year’s state semifinal team that
finished 11-1 to win their first outright Big Rivers Conference title, according
to the Hudson Star-Observer.
“The guys who were part of last year, the juniors, they know what it takes,” Head Coach Adam Kowles told the paper. “That’s the positive. The negatives are, they have to realize we have to keep doing what we’re doing. It’s a new mountain to climb, and we’re back at the bottom now. We’ve got to start over and take steps week to week. The guys aren’t really talking about last year, but at the same time they know what it takes.”
Minnetonka is coming off of a 3-5 season in Minnesota’s tough Lake Conference that includes perennial powers Eden Prairie and Edina.
The Raiders will play in Minnesota again next week before their home—and conference—opener on Friday, Sept. 6 against Rice Lake.