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Level 1 Headlines: Seymour, Pulaski, Freedom among the standouts

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Seymour defeated New London 19-7 in a Division 3 Level 1 playoff game Friday. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The football playoffs kicked off Friday and there's nothing like it. There were not too many surprises in Level 1, but there were statements, like Seymour handcuffing New London, Pulaski showing toughness and Freedom making it happen on the road.

Here is a look at five teams that made headlines in Level 1:

LEVEL 1 HEADLINES

  • Seymour stifles New London: When they met in the regular season No. 3-seeded New London won 10-7 so you knew the rematch would be low scoring, but the No. 6 Thunder showed something in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 12-0 en route to a 19-7 win. Seymour isn't flashy, it's more blue-collar and there's nothing wrong with that. The Thunder won with defense and that's a good formula in the postseason.
  • Pulaski guts out win: On paper No. 2 Pulaski should run all over No. 7 Menomonie, but if you know about Menomonie's history (five state titles) you know this wouldn't. Dylan Hendricks and Co. beat. Menomonie 23-20 as Hendricks scored a fourth-quarter TD for the winning points. Hendricks was held to 93 yards on 36 carries, the first time he has been held below 145 yards.
  • Freedom does it on the road: The No. 5 Irish had to go on the road to play No. 4 Mosinee but it didn't matter. Freedom topped Mosinee, but who's surprised? Freedom enters this postseason having won at least two postseason games in six straight seasons. In order to make it seven, Freedom has to win at No. 1 West De Pere next week.
  • Menasha looks good: Menasha was 8-1 this regular season -- its only loss was 35-7 to West De Pere -- and was a No. 4 seed in Division 2. Yes, the loss was bad, but it was one loss. Menasha very well could be underseeded and its 41-28 win over No. 5 Hortonville is a start. The Bluejays go to No. 1 Marshfield in Level 2 and that could be interesting.
  • Wrightstown back on track: No. 3 Wrightstown ended the regular season with two losses but a 49-18 win over Xavier in Level 1 gets the Tigers back on track. Next up in Level 2 is No. 1 Winneconne which got by No. 7 Two Rivers 23-17. The Tigers had a better playoff opener but will it matter? Should be a good one.

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