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Falcons to take on Lions in playoff

Brillion (10-1) will be in Amherst (10-1) for a WIAA Level 3 football playoff at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Both Division 5 teams head into Level 3 following blowout wins in the first two rounds.

Amherst defeated Bonduel 45-14 in Level 2 and Laconia 48-13 in Level 1. Brillion beat Tigerton/Marion 44-9 in Level 2 and Howards Grove 48-6 in Level 1.

Amherst received a No. 3 seed in its bracket, while the Lions were fourth. Amherst shared the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference championship with Shiocton, while Brillion finished second in the Olympian-Packerland Conference’s Large Division behind Wrightstown.

Amherst is in the playoffs for only the third time in school history and first time since 2008. The Falcons also qualified in 2001. Brillion is in the playoffs for the 17th time and fifth year in a row. The Lions won a Division 4 state championship in 1984 as well as Division 5 titles in 2003, 2004 and 2010.

Brillion running backs Tanner Behnke, Eric Kittel, Brandon Pribbernow and Trevor Krizenesky have combined for more then 2,200 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns. Behnke ran for 222 yards on 14 carries against Tigerton/Marion.

Amherst’s Willie Doll opened the second half against Bonduel by returning the kickoff 79 yards to give the Falcons a 28-0 lead. He also ran for 103 yards. Quarterback Chris Zblewski has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while throwing for more than 900 yards and tossing 13 TD passes.

Both team’s only losses came against teams that are still alive in the playoffs. Amherst fell to Shiocton 32-15, while Wrightstown edged Brillion 21-14. Wrightstown will host Kewaunee this weekend in Division 4, while Shiocton will head to Coleman in Division 6.

Brillion coach Pete Kittel, in his 19th season, is 140-69. Amherst coach Mark Lusic, in his second season, is 14-6.

The winner will play Colby (11-0) or Stanley-Boyd (8-3) in a Level 4 playoff game Friday or Saturday, Nov. 11-12.

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