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River Ridge is into Level 3 of the playoffs for the first time since a runner-up finish in 1997, as the Timberwolves avenged an earlier loss this season by getting past Potosi/Cassville 29-18. Will Esser opened the scoring for River Ridge with a 41-yard touchdown run. He'd cap it off as well with a five-yard score in the fourth quarter. Esser finished with 230 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, as the Timberwolves move on to take on defending champion Black Hawk/Warren (IL).
Chilton went on the road and took down second-seeded Kewaunee 41-26 to advance to Level 3. Gavin Lisowe was all over the place, accounting for five touchdowns in the game. Four of them came on the ground, as he rushed for 257 yards on just 12 carries. He'd add three catches for 77 yards and a score as well, contributing three tackles on defense and 52 punt return yards.
Lake Mills trailed Martin Luther 28-20 in the third quarter when L-Cats junior quarterback Adam Moen took over. He'd account for four straight touchdowns to help the team pull away in a 54-28 victory. Moen would finish with another eye-popping statistical performance, completing 15-of-28 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns, adding 18 rush attempts for 154 yards and four scores. For the season he is up to 3,209 yards passing and 916 yards rushing, responsible for 58 touchdowns.
Racine Lutheran's Tyler Tenner became the state's all-time career rushing leader with 237 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries against Cambridge in a 55-7 victory. Tenner now has 6,903 career yards, which eclipses the previous record of 6,870 yards set just last year by Iola-Scaninavia's Bryce Huettner. He'd add three tackles and a forced fumble on defense as well as the Crusaders had no trouble with the Bluejays.
Top-seeded Freedom trailed visiting Saint Croix Central 36-19 in the third quarter, but the Irish would make a furious comeback to force overtime and win it in the extra period, 49-43. Junior Jon Verhasselt was all over the field for head coach Frank Mattia, rushing seven times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, completing a 23-yard pass, catching two passes for 16 yards, recording 17 tackles on defense, and returning five kicks for 155 yards.
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