Over the last few years, Stow-Munroe Falls vs. Hudson football has pitted two of the area’s best teams against each other. This year, while both teams are experiencing a down year, the rivalry is no less intense.

Down 23-14 heading into the final quarter, Stow got a pair of fourth quarter touchdown runs from Bryce Sheppert to score a 27-23 win over the Explorers Friday night at Hudson Memorial Stadium. 

Stow improved to 3-5, 3-2 in the Suburban League National Conference with the win. 

Sheppert had an enormous night for the Bulldogs, as he rushed for all four of Stow’s touchdowns and 142 yards on 23 carries.

Stow defense shut down Hudson’s running game, as the Bulldogs finished with a 136-13 edge in rushing yards. However, the Explorers finished with a 218-91 edge in passing yards, as Stow starting quarterback Josh Andrassy was unable to complete the game.

Backup quarterback Owen Bainbridge had a decent night after he came in, finishing 7-of-13 for 68 yards. Brian Cartwright led Stow with five catches for 60 yards.

The game was tied at 14-14 at the half, before a safety early in the third quarter gave Hudson the lead.

Stow will return home to face Cuyahoga Falls next Friday at 7 p.m.