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Twinsburg upsets Hudson football

Published: October 14, 2016 10:43 PM
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One week ago, the Hudson football team kept its playoff hopes alive with a stunning come-from-behind win over a talented rival.

One week later, the Explorers' postseason dreams could be in serious jeopardy.

Hudson fell to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to Twinsburg 21-12.

The contest took place Oct. 14 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

After rallying from a 17-point deficit to defeat National Conference rival and 2015 Division I state semifinalist Stow-Munroe Falls 25-24 the previous week, the Explorers were stymied by the Tigers.

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Hudson entered the game ranked sixth in the Division II, Region 5 computer ratings.

Twinsburg never trailed in this one.

The Tigers built a 14-0 first-quarter lead and were up 21-7 after three quarters.

Cam'Ron McClain got Twinsburg on the board with 5 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run,

The Tigers made it 8-0 when quarterback Jalen Tucker ran in the 2-point conversion.

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Twinsburg scored again a little more than three minutes later.

This time, Jared Eaton found the end zone from 11 yards away. The point after try was blocked.

The Explorers finally got their first points with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

Quarterback Colt Pallay completed a 57-yard TD pass to Greg Mailey. Grant Gonya added the extra point to cut the Tigers' lead to 14-7.

But Twinsburg responded two minutes later.

Tucker connected with Tre Radford on a 35-yard pass and Casey McCarthy converted the point after try to make it 21-7.

Gonya booted a 34-yard field goal and Hudson got a safety in the final 12 minutes.

But it wasn't enough.

The Tigers had a 301-295 advantage in total yards and a 17-14 edge in first downs.

Tucker completed 9-of-20 passes for 144 yards and Pallay connected on 14-of-23 passes for 204 yards.

McClain led Twinsburg's rushing attack with 54 yards on 22 carries.

The Explorers leading rusher was Matt Restifo, who ran the ball seven times for 58 yards.

Eaton finished with five receptions for 85 yards and Mailey had five catches for 97 yards.

The Tigers did not lose the ball once. Hudson, on the other hand, had four turnovers.

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