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August 30, 2013While there are plenty of quality matchups on the docket this weekend, here is a look at a magnificent seven.
Edgewood (1-0) at DeForest (1-0)
These two squads have split the last two years, with the Crusaders winning in 2011 and the Norskies turned the tide last fall after the teams had not played each others since DeForest won back-to-back meetings in 2005 and 2006.
This contest will pit an Edgewood offense that accumulated 420 yards and 41 points against Waunakee against a DeForest defense that allowed less than 100 yards against Milton.
The Crusaders, the No. 6 team in the first WisconsinHigh.com Division 3 state rankings, are hoping for another big game from quarterback Bobby Dunn, who threw for 345 yards and four scores against the Warriors.
Meanwhile, the Norskies got three TD tosses from Brendon Lapp and should enter the D-2 rankings this week, especially with a big win.
Verona (1-0) at Sun Prairie (1-0)
The Cardinals get a second straight stiff test to open the gates as the Wildcats look to avenge regular-season and playoff losses to Sun Prairie from 2012.
Sun Prairie's offensive front struggled mightily, allowing six sacks in last week's 14-12 triumph over Madison West. Verona obviously took notice after not working up a sweat against Beloit Memorial.
Last year's wins broke a three-game slide against Verona, and Sun Prairie hopes to get its offense cranked up, while the Wildcats are looking to keep their machine rolling, albeit against a much tougher opponent.
Mukwonago (1-0) at Badger (1-0)
The Indians used a ton of big plays to hold off Racine Horlick, 43-33, in last week's opener. And Wisconsin linebacking recruit Dominic Cizauskas provided plenty of scoring punch, scoring on a run, a kickoff return and a TD catch for the fifth-ranked D-1 team.
Badger should provide a much tougher nut to crack this week. The Badgers, two spots behind Mukwonago in the ratings, got 241 yards rushing on 24 carries from senior Andrew Allen as they posted a 28-14 road win against West Allis Hale. Badger finished with 402 total yards, 342 of them on the ground.
Arrowhead (1-0) at Homestead (1-0)
These two heavyweights haven't entered the ring together since the Highlanders posted a 13-11 victory in their last of three consecutive donnybrooks in the D-1 finals at Camp Randall Stadium from 2006 through 2008, two of which Homestead won.
Both squads hold down the No. 1 spot in this week's first poll, Arrowhead in D-1 and Homestead in D-2.
However, the Warhawks are the favorite and had the No. 81 ranking in the country according to the Rivals.com preseason rankings.
On an even Keel
Arrowhead dismantled Kenosha Bradford, 42-7, as it scored four touchdowns in the span of less than 5:30 and cruised the rest of the way after gaining 295 of its 364 yards before the intermission.
Homestead dominated, too, disposing of Hartford, 42-10, behind 154 yards rushing from Anton Ragozin and 139 yards passing from Nick Allen.
Delavan-Darien (1-0) at Big Foot (1-0)
This may not be one of the week's marquee matchups, but this scribe wants to see what the Comets' offense can do for an encore after denting the scoreboard for 70 points last week against East Troy.
Junior quarterback Jesse Collins rushed for 219 yards and seven touchdowns and added two TD passes for Delavan-Darien.
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He won't replicate those numbers against the defending D-4 state runners-up, who whipped Westosha Central, 38-0, and look to keep rolling after allowing only 124 yards.
Big Foot received 242 yards passing from Brett Morris, 104 of them to Gus Wedig.
Franklin (1-0) at Greendale (1-0)
This might not rival the Arrowhead-Homestead head banger, but it could be the best game of the week if fans like a lot of scoring.
Sean McGuire and fourth-rated D-1 team Franklin visits D-2's second-ranked squad after they registered 44 and 51 points, respectively, in knocking off quality foes.
McGuire threw for 330 yards, while Greendale signal caller Josh Ringelberg, WiHigh's player of the week, recorded six TD passes.
Pewaukee (1-0) at Wisconsin Lutheran (0-1*)
The D-3 No. 7 Pirates invade second-ranked Lutheran after the Vikings rolled up almost 530 yards in a 40-33 decision over Milwaukee Marquette.
Quarterback Logan McShane threw for nearly 200 yards and two scores and rushed for 211 yards, averaging almost 12 yards per carry.
However, Lutheran was forced to forfeit that victory and should be raring to go against a Pewaukee team that registered a shutout of Waterford (18-0). The Pirates have held nine of their last 11 regular-season foes to single digits.
The teams' last meeting was a 36-0 Lutheran win in a Level 3 playoff contest on its way to the state title contest.