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Raiders roll Cardinals for third straight win

Hudson running back Kenny Hardman (35) celebrates with teammate Ben Karls after scoring in a 14-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 13-0 lead against Chippewa Falls Friday, Oct. 6, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Hudson turned the ball over twice in the first half but returned a blocked punt and interception for touchdowns while building a 35-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 43-13 victory over Chippewa Falls Friday night, Oct. 6, at Raider Stadium.

Hudson had already opened up a 21-0 second quarter lead when Cole Godbout blocked a Cardinal punt and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. Godbout also blocked a Cardinal field goal attempt in the first quarter and finished with seven tackles in the game.

The Raiders made it a 35-0 game just before halftime when linebacker Cody Cicha picked off a pass and returned it 40 yards for a score.

Hudson's first touchdown of the game came on a 5-yard pass from Keyser Helterbrand to Max Stubbendick before the Raiders exploded for 28 points in the second quarter.

Kenny Hardman ran 14 yards for a touchdown and Aaron Squires dove over from 1-yard out before Godbout and Cicha scored defensive touchdowns on back-to-back possessions.

Jake Sigsworth added a 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for Hudson.

The win was the third straight for the Raiders while Chippewa Falls saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Hudson, now 6-2 overall, 4-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, will wrap up the regular season at River Falls (2-6, 2-4) Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at UW-River Falls' David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. The Wildcats have won two straight games after a 35-13 victory over Eau Claire North last week.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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