Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -- For a second straight year, the Hudson Raiders are just one game away from the WIAA State Football Finals.
This time around, there was a lot more drama in Hudson's Level 3 win over Appleton North. In 2012, the Raiders beat the Lightning, 40-21, at Goerke Field in Stevens Point.
It was a much different story Saturday at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls. Hudson has a 20-14 lead over Appleton North, but the Lightning had the ball at the Raiders' one yard line.
In the final seconds of regulation, Appleton North had two attempts to get the ball into the end zone, but both times, the Hudson defense held up.
"You know, other than video games, I don't think it's ever happened to me personally," says Hudson senior running back Wade Malecha, "that was unbelievable. In real life, I've never seen anything like that. You see it a few times in pro games, but I would never have thought this game would happen that way."
"It's tough, but we had to put everything we had into that one play," says Raiders senior defensive back Miles Lewis, "we knew if we didn't we wouldn't get another one and we'd be going home. We just try to give it everything we've got every play, and I think we did that."
For a second straight season, Hudson will face Arrowhead in a Level 4 game, with the winner advancing to the state finals. Last year, the Warhawks knocked the Raiders out of the postseason with a 43-20 win.
Hudson will face Arrowhead Saturday, at Goerke Field in Stevens Point. Kickoff is set for 7:00 P.M.
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