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New Richmond football blisters River Falls, 38-17

The New Richmond football team put together an extremely strong performance to open the season, ripping River Falls 38-17 on Friday night at the New Richmond football field.

It was a good night for Middle Border Conference teams, with Somerset, Amery, Osceola, Ellsworth and Prescott also posting wins.

New Richmond's offense played with better execution and the Tiger defense delivered more powerful hits in the game. New Richmond's defense fourced four turnovers, all on fumbles.

River Falls took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, but soon the Tiger offense began to take control. The Tigers scored first on a 48-yard field goal by Cam Hausman.

After the first River Falls fumble, the Tigers drove 41 yards, with quarterback Brady Maus scoring on a sneak to put the Tigers ahead 10-7. River Falls answered right back, finding an uncovered receiver for a 35-yard touchdown pass. That score gave the Wildcats a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The hectic scoring pace continued into the secon quarter. Sophomore halfback Sam Altena broke up the middle for an 18-yard score that game the Tigers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Altoena scored again minutes later, this time on a 2-yard run, to make the lead 24-14. River Falls kicked a field goal in the final seconds of the first half.

The Tigers opened the second half with a quick drive. Zach Dietzler caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Manecke. The Tigers got the final touchdown midway through the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Jake Singerhouse.

New Richmond's offense was balanced nicely. Maus and Manecke combined to complete 11 of 13 passes. The Tigers gained 212 yards on the ground, led by Singerhouse and Altena.

In othe rlocal games, Somerset beat Bloomer 21-6; St. Croix Central hammered Baldwin-Woodville 62-14; Amery beat Hayward 27-20; Ellsworth rolled past Spooner 35-13 and Osceola shut down St. Croix Falls 36-0.

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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