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Preds reach semi-finals

Posted 7/24/2012

By Leader-Telegram staff

L.A. Anderson threw three touchdown passes and Vince Furby had 179 yards of
offense as the Chippewa Valley Predators beat the Fox Valley Force 20-17 in
the Northern Elite Football League quarterfinals on Saturday in Kimberly.

The Predators advanced to face the Lake Superior Rage in -Saturday's
-semifinals. The fifth-seeded -Predators will host the game at 6 p.m.
Saturday - the second-seeded Rage lost home-field advantage as part of the
fallout from their brawl against the Eau Claire Crush earlier this month at
Carson Park.

"We're really excited," Predators coach Martin Adams said. "We'll celebrate
tonight and get to the film room tomorrow and start to fix the mistakes
we've made against them the past two games. We're just happy to be playing
in front of our fans."

The Force used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the game
interesting late. 

Josh Kasuboski returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown with 41 seconds left
to get Fox Valley within three. But Kellen Lager recovered the ensuing
onside kick and the Predators ran out the clock from there. 

Chris Haynes led the team with 14 tackles and C.J. Okogeri added nine for
the Predators. But it was the play of Curtis Johnson, a defensive back who
moved to linebacker for the contest, that drew Adams' highest praise. 

"Johnson stepped in and helped us pressure the quarterback. He had a great
game," Adams said. "The biggest thing was our defense in this one."

With Fox Valley shutting down the Predators' running game, Chippewa Valley
found success utilizing Furby, a running back, in the passing game. He gave
the Predators a 7-3 lead in the second quarter on a 79-yard TD pass from
Anderson and finished with 129 yards receiving. 

His success opened things up downfield, as Anderson connected with Reggie
Houston on a 17-yard TD in the third quarter and with Joseph Mapson on a
14-yard strike in the fourth. Anderson finished 17-for-28 for 280 yards and
one interception. 

"L.A. is doing wonderfully for us right now," Adams said.
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