The high school football regular season runs nine weeks–five of those are in the books. In just about every conference, the title contenders are starting to emerge. Here’s a look at the some of the key games down the stretch:
Menomonie’s win at Superior last week puts the Indians in the driver’s seat for yet another conference title under head coach Joe LaBuda. Menomonie’s toughest matchups down the stretch are a trip to Hudson on Thursday, October 8, and the regular season home finale on Thursday, October 22, vs. Chippewa Falls.
Chi-Hi’s biggest challenge prior to the game at Menomonie looks like it’ll be a trip to Superior on 10/8. Hudson has a rivalry game at River Falls this week prior to the Raiders’ game with Menomonie. Memorial needs two wins to become playoff-eligible, but none of these are gimmes, even if three of those games will be at Carson Park: Superior, at Rice Lake, Menomonie, Hudson.
Colby’s win at Regis all but guarantees a conference title for the Hornets. The battle for second place ought to be interesting, however, especially with the Ramblers traveling to Osseo-Fairchild this week. Regis also has a Week 8 game at gritty Stanley-Boyd. If the Ramblers stumble along the way, then the Week 9 game that has O-F at Neillsville will decide second place. Still, all four of these teams should make the playoffs.
Unbeaten Gilman goes to undefeated Thorp Friday night (10/2) in the game that’ll likely decide the conference title, although the Pirates still have to travel to 3rd-place Wausau Newman on Friday, 10/16.
Another great game on Friday, 10/2, Whitehall at Blair-Taylor, with the winner all but wrapping up the conference title.
They’re saving the best for last in the DSC: Week 9, Thursday, 10/22, Elk Mound at Glenwood City, although both teams will still have to deal with a St. Croix Central team that’ll be competing for its playoff life.
Two conference unbeatens could collide in Week 9 when Northwestern heads to Hayward, although the Hurricanes will have to contend with Bloomer the previous week, in a game at the Blackhawks’ home field.
If Webster can get past Grantsburg this Friday, the Tigers will be well on their way toward running the table in this conference.
About the only thing standing between Flambeau and a perfect season will be a visit from 2nd-place Turtle Lake on Thursday, 10/8.
Thursday, 10/8: Elmwood at Plum City…a huge game between a couple of local rivals, with conference title implications as well as postseason seeding ramifications.
Plenty of people around Wisconsin will be paying attention on Friday, 10/16, when Edgar goes to Stratford in a rematch of last season’s Division 6 state championship game. Marathon is still unbeaten, but the Red Raiders travel to Stratford this week before closing out the season at Edgar. McDonell’s game at Marathon on Friday, 10/16, will likely decide third place in the conference.
Somerset is unbeaten in the conference, and could clinch the MBC title with a win at Baldwin-Woodville on Friday, 10/16.
There are plenty of other big games ahead, featuring teams that’ll be fighting to make it into the playoffs. Feel free to share your opinions, either as a comment on this blog or during our weekly online high school football chats.
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This post was written by bbradovich on September 27, 2009