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5) Hudson (7-2) vs. 4) Appleton North (7-2)
(Friday at 7 P.M.)

The Raiders were upset last week 17-7 to Chippewa Falls, but still finished the season 7-2 (5-2 in the BRC). They are led by senior quarterback Keyser Helterbrand (2,269 total yards, 27 TD) and his favorite target senior wide receiver Ben Karls (42 receptions, 599 yards, 6 TD). Hudson outscored their opponents 290-157 this season, and average 32.2 points/game offensively.

The Lightning finished the season 5-3, and finished second in the VFA North conference. They are led through the air by senior quarterback Carter Robinson (1503 yards, 19 TD), and on the ground by senior running back Ian Laatsch (566 yards, 6 TD) and junior running back Patrick Watson (324 yards, 8 TD). Appleton North has outscored their opponents 294-153 this season, and average 36.8 points/game offensively.

7) Chippewa Falls (5-4) vs. 2) Kimberly (8-1)
(Friday at 7 P.M.)

The Cardinals had a big win week nine against Hudson 17-7, to help them sneak into the playoffs. Senior running back Matt Pomietlo (1,166 yards, 22 TD) lead Chippewa Falls with a dangerous rushing attack. While senior linebacker Dane Weiland (139 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) anchors the Cardinal defense. They have outscored their opponents 263-237 this season, and average 29.2 points/game offensively.

The Papermakers won their fifth straight division one state championship last season, and had a 70-game winning streak before it was snapped week one 31-28 against Fond du Lac. Kimberly is led offensively by senior quarterback Cody Staerkel (1,791 yards, 22 TD) and junior wide receiver Conner Wnek (31 receptions, 517 yards, 9 TD). They have outscored their opponents 313-97 this season. and are averaging 34.8 points/game offensively.


6) Menomonie (7-2) vs. 3) Pulaski (8-1)
(Friday at 7 P.M.)

The Mustangs finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 5-2 record. Senior quarterback Jake Ebert leads a balanced offense that is dangerous on the ground with Kade Schultz, and also through the air with senior wide receiver Sam Zbornik. Menomonie has outscored their opponents 237-132 this season, and are averaging 26.3 points/game on offense.

The Red Raiders finished second in the the Fox River Classic Conference with an 8-1 record. Senior quarterback/running back Dylan Hendricks (2,643 total yards, 30 TD) can beat you in the air or on the ground. Pulaski is on a four-game winning streak, and have outscored their opponents 296-115 this season. They are averaging 32.9 points/game offensively, and have ran for 2,699 yards as a team.

7) Kaukauna (5-4) vs. 2) River Falls (8-1)
(Saturday at 1 P.M. at UW-River Falls)

The Ghalloping Ghosts had a big week nine win over Appleton West 33-7, to help clinch a spot into the playoffs. Junior quarterback Noah Van Asten (1,722 yards, 20 TD) is dangerous through the air, and has a trio of receivers in Mason Van Zeeland, Cole Hurst, and Taylor Tschantz who all have at least six touchdown catches. Kaukauna is outscoring their opponents this season 219-161, and averaging 24.3 points/game offensively.

The Wildcats won their first Big Rivers Conference championship in 23 years, with an impressive 47-20 win over Eau Claire North in week nine. They are very balanced on offense, with Gophers commit senior quarterback Logan Graetz (1807 yards, 28 TD) and junior running back Seth Kohel (1355 yards, 18 TD). River Falls has outscored their opponents this season 366-173, and averaging 40.7 points/game offensively.

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