Last week the Marshfield Tigers did not look like a team that was in contention to win the Valley Football Association-South Conference when they were blown out by the Menasha Bluejays 42-7. On Friday night all that was erased when they defeated the Stevens Point Panthers 42-28 and become co-champions with the Panthers as well. Not to mention the Tigers will be carrying major momentum heading into the playoffs.
The Tigers showed why they are one of the top teams in Division 2 on Friday night. A reason why I believe they will make a deep run in the playoffs is the way their defense has stepped up. Other than the loss last week and including Friday night’s game, the Tigers have allowed 16.2 points per game. The Tigers were able to hold one of the better running backs in the state, senior Zach Pozorski, in check for most of the game. And when they needed a stop the most, the Tigers also came up with two big interceptions to clinch the victory.
Another reason why I see the Tigers making noise in the Wisconsin high school football playoffs is the running from backs senior Riley Gebelein and junior Keiron Howlett. While Gebelein was out for the first few games of the season due to injury, Howlett stepped up and carried the load. And what did Gebelein do when he returned from his injury? He just set the school record for most yards in a single game when he rushed for 268 yards in a win against the Neenah Rockets 39-14. Howlett was injured late in the game against the Panthers Friday and as of this writing his status is unknown. If healthly though the two-headed monster of Gebelein and Howlett could give teams in Division 2 fits.
The Tigers should be one of the top seeds in the playoffs that start next Friday once the pairings are announced. As usual check here as I will break down all seven Divisions and how I see it all playing out.