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High school football: Cats move to 2-0

Wildcat wide receiver Brad Freeborn (80) and running back Josiah Harris (25) celebrate Freeborn's 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of the Cats' 36-6 victory over Eau Claire North Friday night at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Bob Burrows photo.

River Falls scored on its first three possessions of the game and added a defensive safety to take a 23-0 first quarter lead on its way to a 36-6 victory over Eau Claire North in the Big Rivers Conference opener for both teams Friday night, Aug. 31, at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.

The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the season while Eau Claire North fell to 0-2.

Alex Call hit Brad Freeborn for a 27-yard touchdown pass and ran for a 25-yard score to stake the Wildcats to an early 14-0 lead.

Eau Claire North was pinned at its own three yard line on the ensuing kickoff and on first down Alex Wunrow and Mitch Cowley teamed up to sack Husky quarterback Adam Faanes in the end zone for a safety.

The Wildcats took the free kick at the Husky 42-yard line and four plays later Call found Sam Purfeerst for a 14-yard touchdown to make it a 23-0 game with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter.

Running back Sam Lenzen took a direct snap and scored on a five yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, and after an interception by Ryan Tierney gave the Wildcats a first-and-ten at the Husky 30 yard-line, John Maillette took a handoff on the very next play and went up the middle to pay dirt to make it a 36-0 game and institute a running clock.

The Huskies got on the board with just over a minute remaining to make the final 36-6.

See the Sept. 5 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on the Wildcats' win.

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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