Week 2 of the Wisconsin high school football season is upon us and if last week was any indication, we should be in for another exciting slate of games. Below are five games from around the state to keep an eye on.
Arcadia Raiders (1-0) @ Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Red Hawks (1-0) A pivotal Western Wisconsin-Coulee Conference showdown. G-E-T’s defense will have to stop Arcadia’s two headed monster of running back Paul Mines (118 yards, 2 TDs) and quarterback Sam Ferguson (10-10, 192 yards, 3 TDs). On the flip side, G-E-T comes in with a new look offense and is lead by quarterback Tyler Sobkowiak (10-19, 216 yards, 1 TD) and senior running back Erik Van Vleet (112 yards, 1 TD). Winner of this game could be the winner of the conference at the end of the season.
DeForest Norskies (1-0) @ Waunakee Warriors (1-0) Another week, another games to watch involving Waunakee. The Norskies are looking to snap a 17 game losing streak to the Warriors. In fact DeForest would also like to snap the Warriors 37-game winning streak, 86 home-field winning streak, and 14 game conference winning streak. Waunakee squeaked out a thriller last week and were lead by senior running back Tyler Reynolds (154 yards 3 TDs) and senior quarterback Will Decorah (288 yards, 1 rushing TD). Will the Norskies be the team to finally knock of the Warriors?
Superior Spartans (1-0) @ Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes (0-1) A Big Rivers conference showdown as the Spartans look to improve to 2-0 and get an important early conference win. The Old Abes are looking to improve after last weeks heartbreaking loss to La Crosse Central 9-7. Eau Claire Memorial was hampered by nine penalties and three turnovers. Superior was lead last week in their victory over Rhinelander by junior running back Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate who had 165 yards rushing and one touchdown. Superior is looking to pick up another victory as the Old Abes will be looking to pick up their first win and what could be a very important conference victory.
Appleton North Lightning (1-0) @ D.C. Everest Evergreens (0-1) The Evergreens lost a tough contest last week to Marshfield 34-30. Everest had a balanced running game, lead by junior Wyatt Brown who had 66 yards and two touchdowns. The Lightning only allowed three points last week in their win against Oshkosh North last week. For Appleton North to win the Valley Football Association-North Conference opener, they will have to shut down a balanced Evergreens offense that will be much improved from their opponent last week.
Bay Port Pirates (1-0) @ Pulaski Red Raiders (1-0) Okay bare with me on this one. Bay Port coach Gary Westerman surprised everyone when he left Pulaski after one year and leading them to the WIAA playoffs. Jed Kennedy, the new Pulaski coach, is coming off a Division 1 state championship at Kenosha Bradford one year ago. He was a finalist for the Bay Port job and once Westerman was hired, he ended up heading to Pulaski. Got all that? The Pirates and Red Raiders face off in what should be a very good Fox River Classic Conference opener.