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Preds rout the Crush

Posted 7/17/2012

By Nick Gourdoux

Leader-Telegram staff

The Chippewa Valley Predators clinched a wildcard spot in the Northern Elite ­Football League playoffs with a dominating win over the Eau Claire Crush Friday night at Carson Park .

The Predators controlled every facet of the game en route to their 52-3 win.

The Predators jumped out to a 21-0 lead 7 seconds into the second quarter on a Joseph Mapson 3-yard touchdown run. The touchdown was one of three for the wide receiver. He also scored on two touchdown passes from quarterback L.A. Anderson in the second quarter.

Mapson finished the day with 76 receiving yards on five catches, and 13 rushing yards on three carries.

Anderson was unstoppable as he completed 8 of 13 pass attempts for 183 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

"We hit the reset button," Anderson said. "Now everyone is on the same page, and we're healthy and at full strength."

Running back Vince Furby added 101 all-purpose yards, including a 28-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that started the avalanche of points for the Predators.

Deshay Hudson added 47 yards on the ground on 13 carries and a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Kicker Weston Kirby was perfect on the night, making all seven extra-point attempts and a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Predators defense carried over the momentum built by the offense. It recorded nine sacks including two from linebackers Chris Haynes and DeVentri Jordan.

"We changed up our stunts a little bit," Haynes said. "They have a young offensive line, so we tried to show them things they haven't seen like new stunts and switches."

The Predators also forced six Crush turnovers on Friday — four fumbles and two turnovers on downs.

Crush quarterback Raushawn Wallace lost a pair of fumbles in the first quarter that allowed the Predators to build their insurmountable lead.

"We watched some film and decided to stop the run and put pressure on," Haynes said.

A 40-minute rain delay midway through the second quarter couldn't even slow the Predators down. Chippewa Valley scored the final 31 points after play was resumed.

The win guarantees the Predators will play again next week. Whom and where they play, however, depends on the outcome of the rest of today's NEFL games.

In the likely event that the Predators are forced to play on the road, the team plans on renting a fan bus to transport fans to and from the game.

"You have no idea how much this win means to me," Haynes said. "I wish I had a picture of that scoreboard."

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