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Wildcat wide receiver Brad Freeborn fights for extra yardage after catching apass along the sideline in the Cats' 46-35 loss to Rice Lake Friday, Oct. 12. Steve Dzubay photo

Wildcats fall short in bid for playoffs

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Rice Lake scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to beat River Falls, 46-35, and spoil the Wildcats' opportunity to make the playoffs in the final game of the regular season Friday night, Oct. 12, in Rice Lake.

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The Wildcats led 21-20 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown runs by Alex Call and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Call to Brad Freeborn.

Rice Lake scored the only touchdown of the third quarter and extended its lead to 39-21 with two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. Eric Wunrow caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Call, and after a failed two-point conversion the Cats trailed 39-27.

Rice Lake went up 46-27 on its next drive before Call hit Freeborn for a 60-yard touchdown pass with just under three minutes remaining, then found Wunrow for the two-point conversion, to make the final 46-35.

River Falls finished the season with a record of 3-4 in Big Rivers Conference play, 4-4 overall, while Rice Lake clinched a playoff spot with a mark of 4-3 in the BRC, 5-3 overall.

See the Oct. 18 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the game.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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