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Wildcats fall short in bid for playoffs

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. <i>Steve Dzubay photo</i>

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.

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.

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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