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Riverside, Lafayette in playoffs

Riverside and Lafayette Saturday joined two-time defending champion McKinley and Grover Cleveland in the Harvard Cup playoff party.

Riverside (6-3 overall, 6-2 league) earned the third seed with a 42-0 victory over Bennett (5-4, 4-4) and Lafayette (5-4, 4-4) clinched the final spot with a thrilling 14-6 triumph over Burgard in double overtime.

Saturday's semifinal matchups at All High Stadium are now set. At 11 a.m., it will be No. 2 Grover Cleveland (7-2, 6-2) against Riverside, with Lafayette to take on two-time defending champion McKinley (9-0, 8-0), which has won 19 straight games, at 2 p.m. The winners meet for the championship on Thanksgiving Day.

Khadir Muhammad caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Breon Daniels in the second overtime to get the Violets into the playoffs for the first time in head coach Al "Icky" Satcher's three seasons at the helm.

"It's exciting to be able to go, it feels real good," said Satcher, whose team has won four of its last five games. "We needed for McKinley to beat East [Friday night], for Grover to beat Hutch-Tech, for Riverside to beat Bennett and we needed to take care of business, which we nearly didn't do."

Kenneth Birthwright made 12 tackles and Willie Hemphill had a sack among nine tackles.

Riverside broke away from a 6-0 halftime lead and rolled past Bennett, 42-0.

Devon Rollins scored twice and sophomore defensive back Jason Stokes made two pickoffs, returning one for a TD.

Ernest Maddox threw for 154 yards and rushed for 77 in Grover's 20-6 victory over Hutch-Tech.

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