Stow 22, Hudson 17 (click here for the game story)
Varsity Letters Player of the Game: Stow senior quarterback Alex Loftin completed 13-of-19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown to lead the host Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0) over the Explorers (3-3, 0-1) in the first Northeast Ohio Conference River Division game for both teams.
Loftin also carried the ball eight times for 105 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that sealed Stow's first win against Hudson since 2000.
Hudson coach Tom Narducci was impressed by the opposing quarterback's performance Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
"I think Loftin is as good of a player as we've seen all year," Narducci said. "He makes plays, and he's a difference maker. He has a strong arm - I mean there were a couple that he just put on a rope. He's just a very good athlete. He's the go-to guy for that team."
Loftin is also a standout pitcher for the Bulldogs' baseball team. He was the 2006 Baseball Player of the Year in the now-defunct Western Reserve Conference.
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Stow quarterback Alex Loftin led the Bulldogs to a win over Hudson in their debut in the newly formed Northeast Ohio Conference River Division.