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Tue. September 8, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

HUDSON -- Losing to one of your rivals is never easy, so you can bet Hudson football coach Mark Nash was disappointed after the Cobras fell to Gulf 17-14 last Friday.

But he wasn’t devastated.

That’s because Hudson was in the game against a team that won 10 times last season right up until the very end.

“We played well,” Nash said. “Well enough to win without the mistakes. We had just as much chance to win in the fourth quarter as they did.”

As with any close game, there were plenty of missed opportunities.

Exhibit A: Hudson drove to the Gulf 4 on its opening drive. Then it failed to score.

Exhibit B: In the third quarter, a picture-perfect pass from Cobras quarterback Zack Wynn that Nash called a “guaranteed touchdown” was dropped.

“If we catch that,” Nash said, “we win the game.”

For what it’s worth, Nash also praised Gulf -- particularly defensive linemen Will Burbridge and Leon Orr.

“There was definitely a matchup issue,” Nash said.

Hudson plays at Wesley Chapel on Friday.

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