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Friday Night Blitz: 10/20/17Submitted: 10/20/2017
Story By Mark Spillane

Friday Night Blitz: 10/20/17
NORTHWOODS - Antigo moves on to Level Two with a dominant 48-8 win over Medford.

Crandon's season comes to a close with a 35-7 loss to Auburndale.

Laona-Wabeno comes up short in a 19-6 loss to Crivitz.

Here's a look at all the scores from around the area.

WIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCORES
Medford: 8 Antigo: 48
Stratford: 42 Bonduel: 19
Auburndale: 35 Crandon: 7
Athens: 0 Edgar: 35
Stevens Point: 48 Hudson: 47
Northern Elite: 7 Marathon: 50
Wisconsin Rapids: 7 Neenah: 30
Mosinee: 21 Onalaska: 44
Merrill: 7 Rice Lake: 35
Witt-Birn: 0 Stanley-Boyd: 42
Hurley: 76 Turtle Lake: 44
Crivitz: 19 Laona/Wabeno: 6


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