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Football: Johnson's 5 TDs boost Litchfield past Redwood

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield scored the first five times it touched the ball on Saturday and went on to rout Redwood Valley 54-14 in the Section 3AAA semifinals.

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Litchfield now meets Glencoe-Silver Lake in the championship in Glencoe at 7 p.m. Friday. Glencoe-Silver Lakes, topped Litchfield 27-9 in a Wright County Conference game on Sept. 19 in Glencoe.

Nic Johnson scored the first three touchdowns from 6, 1 and 10 yards out. He later added a pair of one-yard TDS and finished with 118 yards in 27 carries.

After Johnson's first three scores gave the Dragons (7-3) a 20-0 lead, Damian Heairet caught a 48-yard scoring pass from Aaron Solbrack and Kyle Rau hauled one in from Solbrack that was good for 71 yards, giving Litchfield a 33-0 halftime lead.

Redwood Valley scored both of its touchdowns in the third quarter as Shane Johnson connected with T.J. Juell on TD throws of 85 and 10 yards.

Litchfield's other score came in the fourth quarter when Nate Adams recovered a fumble in the end zone. Adams had two sacks.

Juell finished with three receptions for 116 yards for the Cardinals (5-5).

Litchfield 54, Redwood Valley 14

Redwood Valley 0 0 14 0 -- 14

Litchfield 14 19 6 15 -- 54

Lit - Nic Johnson 6 run (Steve Hendrickson pass from Aaron Solbrack)

Lit - Johnson 1 run (run failed)

Lit - Johnson 10 run (run failed)

Lit - Damian Heairet 48 pass from Solbrack (Eric Hulterstrum kick)

Lit - Kyle Rau 71 pass from Solbrack (run failed)

RV - T.J. Juell 85 pass from Shane Johnson (Erich Panitzke kick)

Lit - Johnson 1 run (kick blocked)

RV - Juell 10 pass from Johnson (Panitzke kick)

Lit - Nate Adams fumble recovery in end zone (Dom Devine pass from Solbrack)

Lit - Johnson 1 run (Hulterstrum kick)

Redwood Valley

Team statistics

First downs: 7 ... Rushing: 32-88 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 3-16-116-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 6-33

Individual statistics

Rushing: T.J. Juell 9-63, Brennan Hagert 8-36 ... Passing: Shane Johnson 3-16-116-1 ... Receiving: Juell 3-116 ... Punting: Trevor Sandgren 6-26.8 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: none ... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: not available

Litchfield

Team statistics

First downs: 19 ... Rushing: 55-271... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-10-132-0 ... Fumbles lost: none ... Penalties: 2-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Nic Johnson 27-118, Aaron Solbrack 15-115, Steve Hendrickson 7-33 ... Passing: Solbrack 4-10-132-0 ... Receiving: Damian Heairet 2-52, Kyle Rau 1-71, Dan Cox 1-9 ... Punting: Aaron Valiant 2-42.5 ... Interceptions: Brian Malepsy 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Nate Adams 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Malepsy 5-2, Adams 4-2, Eric Hulterstrum 4-1, Heairet 3-2, Johnson 3-1 ... QB sacks: Adams 2

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