Wadsworth, OH- Art Wright Stadium was the site for the Hudson Explorers and the Wadsworth Grizzlies. It was a huge Week 5 matchup for Hudson who came into the game 4-0 while Wadswoth came in at 3-1.
It was a very fast start for the Explorers, as they started off with four straight runs from Ian Ludewig which resulted in two first down runs and ran 26 yards total.
The Explorers then leaned on the arm of Jagger Pallay who threw a 54-yard bomb to Jack Jenkins. The offense ended up with a goal line situation within the first two minutes.
But on third and goal, Ludewig fumbles while Ian Kaufman recovers the ball for the Grizzlies. Despite recovering the turnover, the Grizzlies are unable to do anything with the ball and have to punt after a three and out.
This is where Hudson gets going. It started with a 11-yard run by Ludewig to start the drive and gave them a first and ten at the Wadsworth 25.
A holding call on Hudson would back them up ten yards but the very next play, Pallay finds his receiver Demetrius Sharp for the 31-yard touchdown. This would give the Explorers a 7-0 lead mid-way through the first quarter.
Wadsworth then gets the ball back, but once again does the exact same thing as before and punt after a three and out.
After a nearly perfect drive the last time, it’s quite the opposite this time around. Hudson has two penalties and has to punt very quickly into the drive.
After punting the ball over to Wadsworth, the Grizzlies decide to get a little something going on offense.
Kyle Figurary gets the run game going with a 10-yard run and then he breaks loose for another first down run a couple plays later. They start to lean on quarterback Will Stack and that would be a mistake and he throws an interception to Nick Immorato.
Two short runs from Ludewig, and we go to the end of the first quarter with Hudson leading 7-0.
Hudson then keeps it going on offense, and picks up a couple of fourth downs on the legs of Ludewig. But the drive comes to a stop when Pallay is sacked by Maverick Blackburn which forces Hudson to punt.
Stack keeps the ball himself and runs it for a big first down, a promising start to the drive. But that would not last as Wadsworth had to punt again a few plays later.
This is where the Explorers would start running some clock down with 6:47 to play in the half. They got a few big runs from Ludewig and Pallay, and then got even better with an encroachment call on Wadsworth.
That is short lived and eventually facing a fourth down Pallay finds Ludewig for a twenty yard pick up. After a couple of mishaps, the Explorers still have themselves in a situation to get points before the half.
But from 24 yards out, DJ Ashe missed the field goal and that would give Wadsworth 1:19 to do something before the half down by only a touchdown.
Those hopes would be short lived as after getting three completions in a row, Stack would be intercepted by Jack Jenkins, throwing his second of the day and that would take their 7-0 deficit into the half.
About everything went Hudson’s way to start the second half. The defense forces a Hudson three and out in the first 90 seconds, and then the offense would go on and show off an amazing drive.
The run game gets going between Ludewig and Pallay. But the drive takes a leap when Pallay connects with Ludewig for a twenty yard pass and that would be followed by a 6-yard touchdown run from Ludewig.
After a good day so far from Ludewig, he finally finds the end zone and helps add to the Hudson lead, 14-0.
It feels like a huge drive for Wadsworth where they must respond and they do exactly that.
Stack starts off strong with a first down pick up followed by another one by Figuray on the ground. That continues as Stack shows off his razzle dazzle with an amazing run to put the Grizzlies in the red zone.
Figuray then takes off for a 16-yard run and then tops it off right after with a short 2-yard run into the end zone as the Grizzlies respond with a touchdown drive of their own making it 14-7.
Hudson’s next drive is going much slower than in the first half but still effective with runs from Pallah and Ludewig. Facing a 4th down, Hudson calls a timeout and Pallay comes back out and throws an interception to freshman Gavin Madigan, his first of the game.
The Grizzlies couldn't take advantage of the turnover and had a very quick three and out. The Explorers would have a three and out as well and this game would quickly reach the end of the third quarter with Hudson on top of Wadsworth, 14-7.
After a quick Wadsworth punt to start the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies came to realize quickly that was their last real chance of the game.
Hudson would go ahead and take control on offense and couldn’t be stopped. They melted the clock down constantly with consistent runs from Ludewig and Pallay.
After having a first down inside the red zone, the offense is unable to do much more with it and would have to settle for a field goal.
Ashe would go ahead and redeem himself and made the 16-yard field goal after missing one earlier in the game. The kick would give Hudson the 17-7 lead and that pretty much ices the game for the Explorers.
Wadsworth would be unable to respond and end up losing this one 17-7 at home falling to 3-2. The big win helps Hudson improve to 5-0 on the season.
Hudson head coach Jeff Gough following their big win.
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