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Wildcats clinch playoff berth

Senior running back Levi Johnson rushed for 136 yards and five touchdowns in nine carries--all in the first half--to lead River Falls to a 40-6 victory over Rice Lake Friday night at Ramer Field.

The win boosted the Wildcats' record to 6-2 overall, 4-2 in the Big Rivers Conference, and ensured the Cats a berth in the WIAA playoffs for the second straight season. Rice Lake fell to 2-6, 1-5 in the BRC.

Johnson scored on runs of 5, 69, 9 and 1 yard in the first quarter to stake the Cats to a 28-0 lead. He added a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter before exiting the game at halftime.

Junior fullback Ben Wunrow bulled over from a yard away in the third quarter to make the score 40-0. Rice Lake's only touchdown came on a 9-yard run by Nick Solum with 3:42 remaining in the game.

The Wildcats will wrap up the regular season Thursday, Oct. 23, at Menomonie. The Indians (5-3, 4-2) are coming off a 33-14 loss to Chippewa Falls (8-0, 6-0) Friday night that clinched the Cardinals' second straight BRC title.