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Tigers play tough for a half against Hudson

After playing a competitive first half against Hudson last Friday, the New Richmond football team couldn't match that effort in the second half.

The Tigers trailed 13-10 at halftime in Hudson last Friday. Hudson then overpowered the Tigers in the second half, driving for three touchdowns to beat New Richmond 34-10.

The non-conference schedule is now completed for the Tigers. They open Middle Border Conference play this Friday, when they play at Somerset at 7 p.m.

The Tigers will need to solve Somerset's defense, which has allowed a total of three points in its first two games.

"They've got some real active kids and they do something you don't ever see, so it's hard to simulate in practice," New Richmond coach Joe Hutter said of Somerset's Desert Swarm defense.

The Tiger defense has shown signs of being a strong unit this season too. The defense caused two turnovers in the second quarter against Hudson that helped the Tigers cut the margin to 13-10 at halftime.

Early in the second quarter the Tigers forced a Hudson fumble. A pass from Tiger quarterback Adam Olien to Matt Knutson got the Tigers into scoring position. It led to a Brian Figueroa 32-yard field goal, the first points of the season for the Tigers.

Later in the second quarter the Tiger defense produced the team's first touchdown. The main focus in Hudson's passing game was getting the ball to their big tight end. Tiger defensive back Brock Peterson recognized that the Raiders were going to try a tight end screen pass. He timed his break perfectly, stepping in front of the receiver, intercepting the pass and taking it back 18 yards for the touchdown.

"We need to get field position and turnovers out of our defense," Hutter said. "That score carried the momentum into the second half."

Hudson had a much larger front line than the Tigers. In the first two of the drives Hudson drove the length of the field, using its size up front to plow through the Tiger defense for a pair of touchdowns that sealed the win for the Raiders.

The Tiger offense had sporadic success in the game. In the fourth quarter senior halfback Mike Martinez broke away for a 60-yard touchdown run, but the play was called back because of a penalty.

Even without that carry Martinez rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. The Tigers finished the game with 200 yards of offense, 158 on the ground and 42 through the air. Hudson had 431 yards of offense.

Hutter had Olien and junior Tony Evans splitting quarterback duties in this game. He said both will probably continue to see game time in the future, based on their strengths.

Evans also saw considerable time at defensive back. The Tigers also had to make adjustments because of an injury to Israel Neumann early in the game. Hutter was pleased with how sophomore Brett Anderson played, stepping into Neumann's role as the will linebacker on defense.

This was the second straight game where the Tigers saw an option-type offense, and they will see that again with Somerset's wishbone offense. Hutter said Somerset has been playing the wishbone longer, so they have more wrinkles in their attack than the wishbone offense they faced at Hudson.

"They're the top dogs until someone beats them," Hutter said of facing the two-time defending MBC champions this Friday. "It's a rivalry, the kids will be up for this game."

Hudson 34, New Richmond 10

New Richmond 0 10 0 0 10

Hudson 13 0 14 7 34

NR Hud

First Downs 10 18

Rushing Yards 158 270

Passing Yards 42 161

Passes 2-7-2 int. 5-9-1 int.

Penalties 5-40 6-60


NR -- Mike Martinez 19-103, Tony Evans 6-37, Chad Aldous 9-22, Jesse Mulhollam 2-6, Adam Olien 6-(-10)


NR -- Adam Olien 2-6-2 int., 42 yards; Tony Evans 0-1-0


NR -- Matt Knutson 2-42

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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