Wisconsin Prep Football Conference Titles Come Down to Last Game
Last Game to Decide Conference Titles
Some Wisconsin prep football conference titles will be decided on Friday night, the last game of the regular season. Conferences from all around the state, north, south, east and west, will have their league champion crowned when it is all said and done.
Out of the over 50 conferences in Wisconsin high school football, I went through them all and picked out my top ten conference showdowns and who I predict will end up winning their respective league. If I left your team and conference out, I apologize but with so many in the state I had to narrow it down to ten.
Like I said I picked what I believe are the top conference showdowns heading into this Friday and I ranked them beginning with number ten. The conferences I picked are Southern Lakes, Fox River Classic, Big Rivers, Eastern Wisconsin, Bay, Cloverbelt, Valley Football Association-South, North Shore, Greater Metro and Badger-North. These conferences have the best match ups to decide who will win the title and some not only are “game of the week” caliber but some might even be called “game of the year.”
With the playoffs nearing very quickly (October 19th to be exact), this is a great time to be a fan and to be following prep football in the state of Wisconsin. Conference titles are being decided the last game of the regular season just like it should be and winners will have all the momentum heading into the first level of the playoffs.
Enough with the talk, let’s take a look at my predictions for my top conference races. The countdown begins with the Southern Lakes Conference.
Southern Lakes Conference
The top two teams in the conference are undefeated as the Badger Badgers travel to the Waterford Wolverines in a game that pits two teams at 6-0 in league play.
Leading the way for the Badgers is senior quarterback Peter Krien who happens to be the teams leading rusher with 938 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Badgers actual running back Robert Johnson is right behind him with 867 yards and eight touchdowns.
On the other sideline the Wolverines have a two-headed running attack of themselves. Senior's Kody Azarian and Alex Thomaschek have combined to rush for 1,118 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The winner of this game is the team who can stop the other's rushing attack. MY PICK:Badger Badgers
Fox River Classic
This was a three-way race up until a week ago when Green Bay Preble Hornets lost to Green Bay Southwest Trojans who just so happen to host the Bay Port Pirates for the conference title. Both the Trojans and Pirates are undefeated at 7-0.
Both teams have strong defenses and offenses that can score any time they touch the ball. MY PICK: Green Bay Southwest Trojans.
Big Rivers Conference
The undefeated Hudson Raiders travel to the undefeated Menomonie Indians to determine who gets the Big Rivers crown.
The Indians started the season with ten players being suspended for the first three games, but they never missed a beat and have kept rolling on this season. The Raiders have also been rolling this season, winning by an average margin of 28.8 points per game and have not scored less than 42 points in the past four games.
This will be a very good game and could very well turn into a shootout. MY PICK: Menomonie Indians.
Eastern Wisconsin Conference
A year ago the Plymouth Panthers (6-0 conference,7-0 overall) finished second in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. The Two Rivers Raiders (6-0, 7-0) had a disappointing season and finished fifth. On Friday the two teams square off to for the conference title.
The Raiders are lead by quarterback Brett Kasper who is one of the top in the state with 2,099 yards passing and 26 touchdowns. The Panthers on the other hand have a very tough defense and have not allowed more than 7 points a game this season. In fact they are holding opponents to an average 5.1 points per game.
Either the Panthers will be able to shut down Kasper and the Raiders, or the Raiders will find a way to squeak out a victory. I'm going with the latter. MY PICK: Two Rivers Raiders
The West De Pere Phantoms (6-0, 7-0) will travel to take on the Hortonville Polar Bears (6-1, 6-1) on Friday night.
The game pits two very, very tough and dominating defenses going head to head against two very good offenses. The Phantoms defense has only allowed 6.7 points per game while the Polar Bears offense has been able to score 28.7 points per game. On the flip side, the Polar Bears defense has allowed only 17 total points this season and has five shutouts, while the Phantoms offense has scored 50 points per game.
Something has to give here. I think though that the Phantoms offense will be too tough for the Polar Bears defense. MY PICK: West De Pere Phantoms
The Cloverbelt crown will come down to two emerging and red hot teams at the moment. The Eau Claire Regis Ramblers (6-0, 7-0) will take on the Stanley-Boyd Orioles (6-0, 7-0) in what should be a "game of the week" candidate.
The Orioles have one of, if not, the best defense in the entire state no matter what division. The Orioles have only allowed 10 points this season (one game in which they beat the Colby Hornets 23-10) and have shut out every other team they have faced. The Ramblers defense isn't too shabby either. They have allowed 21 points total this season and have shut out four teams.
This was one of the tougher games to pick, as I went back and forth on who I thought would win. In the end though I went with my gut. MY PICK: Eau Claire Ramblers
Valley Football Association-South
This game was going to be a definite "game of the week," that is until the Marshfield Tigers (5-1, 6-1) lost 42-7 last week to Menasha Bluejays. The Stevens Point Panthers (6-0, 7-0) will make the journey to Marshfield Friday in what should be a knock down, drag out fight.
The Panthers won a thriller last Friday against the Wisconsin Rapids-Lincoln Red Raiders 21-19. Senior running back Zach Pozorski leads the way for the Panthers, rushing for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. The Tigers defense for the most part have been able to keep running backs in check, although they have struggled some games.
This game will be your classic smash mouth game. When it's all said and done I'm going with the home team. MY PICK: Marshfield Tigers
North Shore Conference
This conference comes down to three teams fighting for one spot. If the Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes (5-1, 6-1) are able to knock off the Nicolet Knights (1-5, 2-5), they will clinch at least a share of the title. That leaves two teams left, the Germantown Warhawks (5-1, 6-1) as they travel to the Homestead Highlanders (5-1, 6-1).
There's a couple different scenarios this conference could work out, but I only see one way. MY PICK: Whitefish Bay and Germantown both go on to win.
Greater Metro Conference
If you thought the North Shore Conference was confusing, wait until you hear this one. The Brookfield East Spartans (6-0, 7-0) are currently all alone atop the standings. They host the second place Sussex-Hamilton Chargers (5-1, 6-1) on Friday night.
The other player in this game are the Menomonee Falls Indians (5-1, 5-2) as they are currently tied for second with the Chargers and they host the Brookfield Central Lancers (4-2, 5-2).
If the Chargers defeat the Spartans and the Indians get the victory against the Lancers, we have a three-way tie for the conference title. MY PICK: That is exactly how I see this playing out. The Chargers, Indians and Spartans will all finish 6-1 and tied atop the conference.
Talk about not only the "game of the week," but "game of the year" candidate as the Waunakee Warriors (6-0, 7-0) will go on the road to take on the Mount Horeb/Barneveld Vikings (6-0, 7-0).
There's more at stake for just a conference title in this game. The Warriors are looking to keep their impressive winning streak going as it stands at 43 games currently. The Vikings could very well be the team that ends the streak and shocks the world by defeating one of the toughest teams in the nation.
The Warriors will not look past the Vikings just as they have yet to look past an opponent this year. The Vikings have all the tools to win the game but I don't think it happens here. MY PICK: Waunakee Warriors