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Football: Wildcats move closer to BRC title

River Falls Jared Creen (21) picks up a fumble in the third quarter of the Wildcats' 40-16 win in Superior Friday night, Oct. 5. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Wildcat football team remained tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference with one game remaining with a 40-16 victory over Superior Friday night, Oct. 5, in Superior.

Seth Kohel ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns and Logan Graetz threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Wildcats improved to 7-1 overall, 5-1 and tied for first place in the BRC with Hudson.

River Falls took an 8-0 lead on its third drive of the game when Graetz threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jared Creen. Graetz also connected with Creen on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter.

The Spartans moved the ball to the River Falls' 23-yard line on their next possession before throwing an incomplete pass in the end zone on fourth down.

The Wildcats followed with a five-play 77-yard drive that ended with Seth Kohel's 30-yard TD run. Koehl also ran in for two points, making the score 16-0 with 5:36 left in the half.

Graetz and Creen hooked up for a 7-yard touchdown on the Cat's opening drive of the second half but the two-point conversion attempt failed to make it a 22-0 game. Kohel added a 9-yard touchdown run and to widen the gap to 28-0 at the end of three.

Another Kohel touchdown, this time from 31-yards out, made it a 34-0 game with 9:48 remaining, and after a Superior touchdown and two-point conversion, Michael Krueger scored River Falls' final touchdown on a 13-yard run.

Graetz finished 9-of-15 passing for 131-yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Kohel caught three passes for 36 yards and Creen had three catches for 23 while Joe Stoffel had a 44-yard gain.

Wyatt Porter led the Wildcat defense with eight tackles and Reilly Huppert had six while Adam Feyereisen came up with an interception.

The Wildcat victory dropped the Spartans to 4-4 overall, 2-4 in the BRC and kept the Cat's tied with Hudson atop the BRC standings. Menomonie, who entered the week in a three-way tie for first place, dropped a 26-20 decision to Rice Lake Friday.

River Falls will look to clinch its first conference championship since 1995 when it hosts Eau Claire North (0-8, 0-6) Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at David Smith Stadium.

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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