Before I dive in headfirst into seven divisions of HS FB playoff brackets, let’s take a look back some some previous prognostications: in boys soccer, I correctly forecasted EC Memorial and McDonell/Regis making it to state (not to mention Osceola’s demise in a sectional final), but in girls volleyball, a slew of upsets have resulted in only a few of my picks (EC North, Grantsburg, and McDonell) still having a chance to get to Green Bay.
Madison, and more specifically, Camp Randall Stadium, is the preferred destination for high school football teams. Which teams will be battling on the turf on November 19th & 20th? Feel free to post your picks in the comment section below. Here are mine:
Red Raiders vs. Raiders is an intriguing matchup in Level 1, as Wisconsin Rapids heads to Hudson. Big Rivers schools don’t have a long history of success versus their Wisconsin Valley Conference counterparts, but this is a game where the BRC team should prevail. Rapids has some good young talent in sophomore QB Brady Goska (younger brother of Brent, currently at the University of North Dakota) and junior RB Joe Ritchay (younger brother of Vinny, who plays hoops at UWSP). It wouldn’t surprise me if the this game was closer than the season opener at Hudson (won by Hudson, 21-7), but I see the same team winning. The Raiders fans will yell “HUDDY IN THE HOUSE!;” something that may, just may, find its way onto the News 18 highlights. Other Level 1 winners: SPASH, Madison Memorial, Appleton North, Homestead, Menomonee Falls, Sun Prairie, Bay Port, Waukesha West, Arrowhead, Verona, Middleton, Marquette, Oak Creek, Riverside University, and Kenosha Bradford.
In Level 2, I see these teams winning: SPASH, Appleton North, Homestead, Bay Port, Arrowhead, Middleton, Marquette, and Kenosha Bradford.
Level 3 winners: SPASH, Homestead, Arrowhead, Marquette.
Level 4 winners: Homestead, Marquette. State champ: Homestead.
Menomonie may be a #4 seed, but it’s never good policy to pick against a Joe LaBuda team in the playoffs. So I won’t. Over the years, you can pretty much pencil in Menomonie for a Level 3 playoff game. Logic tells me that the Indians are capable of making it that far, but not beyond. But here, I’m abandoning logic and going with a gut feeling.
Level 1 winners: Menomonie, Merrill, LC Central, Marshfield, Shawano, Ashwaubenon, GB SW, Kimberly, Monona Grove, Cedarburg, DeForest, Waunakee, Bradley Tech, Badger, Franklin, Waterford.
Level 2: Menomonie, Marshfield, Ashwaubenon, Kimberly, Monona Grove, Waunakee, Bradley Tech, Waterford.
Level 3: Menomonie, Kimberly, Waunakee, Waterford.
Level 4: Menomonie, Waunakee. State champ: Waunakee
Level 1 winners: Hayward, Osceola, Waupaca, Black River Falls, Plymouth, Kewaskum, Seymour, West De Pere, Pewaukee, Reedsburg, McFarland, Jefferson, Wisconsin Lutheran, Union Grove, Catholic Memorial, New Berlin Eisenhower.
Level 2: Osceola, BRF, Kewaskum, West De Pere, Pewaukee, Jefferson, Wisco Lutheran, New Berlin Eisenhower.
Level 3: Osceola, West De Pere, Pewaukee, Wisco Lutheran.
Level 4: West De Pere, Pewaukee: State champ: Pewaukee
First, let me just say that I’m expecting a Northwestern vs. Somerset matchup in Level 3, but I’m rooting for the site being Carson Park…although Rice Lake’s Pug Lund field is probably more likely.
Level 1 winners: Northwestern, Baldwin-Woodville, Bloomer, Somerset, Kewaunee, Wrightstown, Xavier, Nekoosa, Lodi, Prairie du Chien, New Glarus/Monticello, G-E-T, Big Foot, New Holstein, Ripon, Winnebago Lutheran.
Level 2: Northwestern, Somerset, Kewaunee, Xavier, Lodi, NG/M, Big Foot, Ripon.
Level 3: Somerset, Kewaunee, Lodi, Big Foot.
Level 4: Somerset, Big Foot. State champ: Somerset
Two reasons to like Colby’s chances of making it to Madison: head coach Jeff Rosemeyer, and running back Adam Esselman.
Level 1 winners: Colby, Osseo-Fairchild, Marathon, Elk Mound, Brillion, Tigerton/Marion, Wabeno/Laona, Peshtigo, Lancaster, Iowa-Grant, Darlington, Pardeeville, St. Mary’s Springs, Martin Luther, Oostburg, Cedar Grove-Belgium.
Level 2: Colby, Marathon, Brillion, Peshtigo, Lancaster, Darlington, St. Mary’s Springs, Cedar Grove-Belgium.
Level 3: Colby, Brillion, Lancaster, St. Mary’s Springs.
Level 4: Colby, Lancaster. State champ: Lancaster
I’ve doubted Regis at times this season, but I’m done doubting. The Green Machine rolls into Madison, throwing a grand total of 4 passes in the playoffs, but then runs into a different shade of green…
Level 1 winners: Flambeau, Thorp, Glenwood City, Webster, Edgar, Iola-Scandinavia, Pacelli, Wild Rose, Bangor, Regis, Blair-Taylor, Fennimore, Shiocton, Manitowoc Lutheran, Brookfield Academy, Lake Country Lutheran.
Level 2: Flambeau, Glenwood City, Edgar, Pacelli, Regis, Blair-Taylor, Shiocton, Lake Country Lutheran.
Level 3: Flambeau, Edgar, Regis, Shiocton.
Level 4: Edgar, Regis. State champ: Edgar
Level 1 winners: Plum City, McDonell, Pepin/Alma, Shell Lake, Gilman, New Lisbon, Owen-Withee, Florence, Potosi, Wauzeka-Steuben, Belmont, De Soto, Catholic Central, Benton/Scales Mound, Cambria-Friesland, Randolph.
Level 2: McDonell, Shell Lake, Gilman, Owen-Withee, Potosi, Belmont, Catholic Central, Cambria-Friesland.
Level 3: McDonell, Gilman, Potosi, Catholic Central.
Level 4: Gilman, Catholic Central. State champ: Catholic Central
So there you have it. Again, feel free to post your picks in the comments section below. Time to get the playoffs going!
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This post was written by bbradovich on October 27, 2009