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Fulda, RRC, MCC lose in first round of 3A playoffs

MORGAN -- Playing inspired football, the Fulda Raiders gave the third-seeded Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars a real battle Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A playoffs.

MORGAN -- Playing inspired football, the Fulda Raiders gave the third-seeded Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars a real battle Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A playoffs.

But a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter helped CM/C (6-3) claim a 22-13 victory, advancing the Cougars to Saturday's semifinals where they will meet second-seeded Springfield (a 12-0 winner over Murray County Central).

Sixth-seeded Fulda (2-7) held the Cougars to 110 yards rushing, as the Raiders recorded 15 tackles for a loss during the game.

Known for its passing game, CM/C did gain 244 yards through the air, as the Cougars rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit.

"They made about three more plays than us," said Fulda head coach Brad Holinka. "But I am really happy with how we played, both teams had a few more chances to score. It was just a good, clean, hard-hitting game."

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Raider quarterback Jalen Getting (8-for-20 passing, 125 yards) fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ben Gehl for a Fulda second-quarter touchdown.

Gehl's point-after kick gave the Raiders a 7-6 halftime lead.

After CM/C rallied with 16 third-quarter points, Fulda scored again in the fourth quarter, cutting the Cougar lead to nine points.

Getting and Gehl connected from 29 yards out for the Raider touchdown.

Andy Henning had a solid all-around game for the Raiders, as he rushed 27 times for 87 yards and caught a 30-yard pass. Defensively, he had a team-leading 16 tackles, blocked a punt and recovered a fumble.

Alex Olsem had 14 tackles for Fulda and Derrick Hotovec had eight tackles -- five of them for a loss -- and recovered two Cougar fumbles.

"We made a lot of big plays on defense," said Holinka. "We stopped them short lots of times."

Nate Fremstad (three catches for 41 yards) and Tony Freese (two catches for 17 yards) helped the Raider passing game.

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Fulda 0 7 0 6 -- 13

CM/C 6 0 16 0 -- 22

Wabasso 40, RRC 6

WABASSO -- Top-seeded Wabasso utilized its superior speed Tuesday and ended the football season for Red Rock Central, streaking to a 33-0 halftime lead in the Section 3A quarterfinals.

Derek Riley scored four touchdowns (44, 46, 1, 3) and rushed for 145 yards on 15 carries to lead the Rabbits (7-2), who host Adrian in the semifinals Saturday.

Wabasso had a total of 304 yards of offense, getting 205 by rushing and 99 by passing.

RRC (1-8) gained 149 yards on the ground and 27 by passing with four different receivers making catches.

Bevern Wani rushed 15 times for 90 yards and Matt Sticha had 52 yards on 15 carries.

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Wani capped a Falcon fourth quarter drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Freshman linebacker Nate Mattison had a team-leading 12 tackles for the Falcons, while Zach Siemer came up with nine tackles and Nathan Bierman recovered a Wabasso fumble.

RRC 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Wabasso 14 19 7 0 -- 40

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