Football: Hudson, River Falls clinch playoff berths
River Falls is going to the WIAA playoffs for the first time in a decade while Hudson will make its third straight postseason appearance after both teams posted Big Rivers Conference road victories Friday night, Sept. 28.
The Raiders defeated Rice Lake, 34-18 and River Falls beat Chippewa Falls, 34-21, to stay tied for first place in the BRC with Menomonie, all at 4-1 in conference play (6-1 overall).
Logan Graetz threw three touchdown passes and Seth Kohel ran for two scores in the Wildcat’s playoff-clinching victory at Chippewa Falls.
The Cardinals capitalized on a River Falls turnover on the first possession of the game and drove 95-yards to take a 7-0 lead. The Wildcats answered with a 17-yard touchdown run by Kohel to tie the score before the Cardinals struck again to go up 13-7 early in the second quarter.
Kohel scored from 9-yards out with a minute remaining in the half and Luke Nelson tacked on the extra point to give the Wildcats the lead, 14-13.
Graetz found Jared Creen for a 13-yard touchdown to open up a 21-13 lead but the Cardinals wouldn’t go away and tied the score with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
All the scoring in the fourth quarter belonged to River Falls as Graetz threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Nate Rixmann, then found Joe Stoffel in the back of the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown to make the final 34-21.
Hudson scored 20 points in the second quarter to pull away from Rice Lake, 34-18, at Pug Lund Field. The Warriors took a 12-7 lead early in the quarter but the Raiders got touchdown runs of 5 and 4 yards from Cole Danielson and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Keyser Helterbrand to Jacob Daulton to open up a 27-18 halftime lead.
Torin Phillips iced the win when he picked off a pass and returned it 20-yards for a touchdown for the only scoring of the second half.
Hudson will host Eau Claire Memorial (2-3, 3-4) in its homecoming game Friday, Oct. 5, while River Falls will travel to Superior (2-3, 4-3).