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Tuesday's prep football playoff games

PROCTOR (3-5) AT TWO HARBORS (5-3)

What: Section 7AAA first-round game

When: 6 p.m.

Outlook: The fifth-seeded Rails retained the Hammer traveling trophy with a 12-8 win over Hermantown last week. The defense, which is giving up 20.5 points per game, forced four turnovers and allowed just one touchdown. Running back Trevor Lindberg (167 attempts, 674 yards, 6 TDs) had 127 yards rushing and a touchdown against the Hawks and has accounted for 65 percent of the team’s rushing total. Quarterback Evan Checkalski (37 completions, 98 attempts, 510 yards) has only completed 38 percent of his passes but hit his top receiver, Conner St. Germaine (23 receptions, 309 yards), for the game-winning TD against Hermantown. … The fourth-seeded Agates downed Eveleth-Gilbert 20-7 last week as Sam Johnson (134-580) gained 89 yards on 18 carries, and one of Cole Komarek’s two completions went for a touchdown. Two Harbors overcame five lost fumbles with solid defensive play. Karsen Holm (57-416) is a threat on the ground and his seven overall TDs ties Johnson for the team lead. Holm’s 72 tackles leads a defense allowing 18.3 points a game.

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CARLTON-WRENSHALL (8-0) AT NORTH WOODS (3-5)

What: Section 7A quarterfinal

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Cook

Outlook: The first-year Raptors stayed unbeaten with a 55-0 romp over Northeast Range in their regular-season finale, but despite being the only undefeated team in the section they were given a No. 5 seed in a coaches’ vote. After playing with just nine men during the regular season, Carlton-Wrenshall joins the 11-man playoffs. Justin Swanson (61-615, 7 TDs), Matt Santkuyl (44-403, 6 TDs) and Isiah Johnson lead the running game (50-317, 10 TDs) and QB Ryan Gray is averaging more than 21 yards per completion. Santkuyl (16 receptions, 370 yards) is Gray’s top target. Sawyer Thorman (72 tackles, 5 sacks) is the top tackler on a defense that allows just 7.5 points per game. … The fourth-seeded Grizzlies won their last two regular-season games over East Central and Chisholm but have yet to beat a team with more than two victories. Running back T.J. Chiabotti (168-1,117, 14 TDs) heads up a much-more run-oriented attack than last season when Chase Kleppe threw for more than 1,000 yards. QB Zach Cheney (28-for-86, 360 yards) has only completed a third of his pass attempts. North Woods, which also was in the Nine-Man playoffs until this season, went to the 2017 state tournament.

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