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September 11, 2013It's already the fourth week of the high school football season, and the big games never seem to cease, and these contests - in no particular order - fit the description.
Pewaukee (3-0) at Greendale (3-0)
The Pirates and Panthers remained in the No. 2 spots in Divisions 2 and 3, respectively, in this week's WisconsinHigh.com team polls after each registered their third consecutive double-digit victories.
Greendale would like to avenge last year's 38-24 setback, a game it led, 17-14, at halftime.
However, the Woodland West title race and another step closer to a playoff spot are the prizes, with the winner taking the upper hand at reaching both.
The Pirates' defense must be stout again and faces its stiffest test. They have allowed 27 points, 20 of them in a win at Wisconsin Lutheran. Lineman Matt Ottman leads the unit with 23 total tackles and two sacks.
Greendale's Josh Ringelberg leads the league in passing yards and Mitchell Brees and Cody Kmetz share the top spot in receiving yardage. And running back Jake Zywicki is averaging nearly 105 yards per contest.
Brookfield Central (3-0) at Menomonee Falls (3-0)
The winner of this showdown takes a huge step forward in the Greater Metro, and neither can look ahead as Central faces intracity rival East and Falls travels to Sussex Hamilton next week.
The Lancers, ranked fourth in D-2, are averaging 50 ppg, but their three foes have a combined 2-7 record, so they know they must be on the top of their game against a much better defense.
Quarterback Riley Richarz leads Central's machine with 408 yards rushing and eight scores, while back DeMario Harris has chipped in 273 yards and five TDs.
Menomonee Falls' attack features running back Christian Almonte, who has gained 395 yards and scored four times as the Indians sit at No. 4 in D-1. Signal caller Adam Vechart has thrown only 30 passes, but he has completed 21 of them (70 percent), 11 of them to wideout Bryce McMurtry.
Kewaunee (3-0) at Wrightstown (3-0)
The Storm moved into the seventh spot in this week's Division 5 rankings, while the Tigers are holding onto the fifth position in D-4.
Kewaunee, the 2010 champs in D-4, has scored 35 or more points in every game while giving up a combined 19. Wrightstown is coming off a two-game road swing and must hold serve at home with a trip to D-5's 10th-rated team, Roncalli, on deck.
Caleb Johnson directs the Storm's offense, averaging more than 21 yards per completion for 660 yards and seven touchdown passes. Austin Kassner tops the ground game with 296 yards.
Wrightstown hasn't turned in that kind of offensive production, but it has done more than enough behind 372 yards passing from Dylan Zwick and 204 yards rushing from Mark Baeten.
Verona (2-1) at Madison La Follette (3-0)
The Wildcats were expected to battle for Big Eight supremacy, but the Lancers may have surprised some folks in the early going.
However, La Follette has dominated Janesville Parker and Madison East as expected and then won a huge contest, 21-7, at Madison West last week as they gained momentum for this Thursday night confrontation.
The Lancers will find out if they belong as a road contest against Sun Prairie awaits them next. They have a playoff berth well within reach if they survive this rough back-to-back slate.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats won one of the season's true shoot-outs last week with a 69-49 triumph against Janesville Craig after a tough last-second defeat at Sun Prairie.
Menasha (2-1) at Oshkosh North (3-0)
The winner of this matchup takes a key step toward the top spot in the Valley Football Association South.
The Bluejays hit the road again in high spirits after scoring the game's final 17 points in the fourth quarter to knock Stevens Point from the ranks of the undefeated, 31-21. Tyler Johnson has completed only 46.7 percent of his tosses, but he does most of his damage with his legs, accumulating 444 yards rushing and seven scores for a running game that also features Dylan Szews (257 yards).
North has piled up incredible yardage and scoring numbers (49 ppg), although it was slowed down last week at Rapids. Like his counterpart, QB Nate Neveau leads his team's ground game with 294 yards. He has scored four times, while back Alex Hintze has five TDs and has gained 240 yards.
North is the No. 8 team in Division 2, while Menasha has the fifth spot in D-3.
Germantown (3-0) at Cedarburg (2-1)
The Warhawks are perched in seventh spot in D-1 this week, while the Bulldogs have rebounded with two straight wins and are ready to spring back into the top 10 in D-2 if they can win this important North Shore showdown.
Germantown has used a topnotch defense (9 ppg) and could stake claim to a winning record with a win and the same against Milwaukee Lutheran next week. The Warhawks have gotten 408 yards passing from Dwayne Lawhorn Jr. and boast a balanced running game.
Cedarburg hasn't had any problems scoring, averaging almost 47 points per outing. And its defense has rallied after being ripped apart at Greendale in the opener. Mike Mojica has thrown for 444 yards and five scores, while running back Hudson Walton has rambled for 486 yards (9.5) and eight touchdowns and Jonathan Stiever has hauled in 12 catches for more than 29 yards per reception and five TDs.
Mount Horeb/Barneveld (3-0) at DeForest (3-0)
If the Norskies prevail in this donnybrook, they should have clear sailing until a season finale at home against Waunakee. Meanwhile, the Vikings also could pave a way to the playoffs and a league crown with a Badger crossover game at Monona Grove left ending the season.
DeForest sits at No. 9 in this week's D-2 poll, and MH/B holds down the No. 7 position in Division 3.
Max Meylor has thrown for 406 yards and Wyatt Thompson has averaged 9.5 yards per attempt in gaining 350 yards to lead the Vikings. Isaiah Lesure has accumulated 215 yards on 12 catches.
The Norskies' attack has been led by Brendon Lapp and his 427 yards passing and five TDs.
Catholic Memorial (3-0) at Arrowhead (2-1)
Despite its struggles in the past two weeks, the Warhawks maintain the top billing in the Division 1 rankings for a third week in a row. The Crusaders sit atop the D-3 ratings.
Memorial hopes to be much more competitive than last year's Classic Eight opener, a 50-7 Arrowhead decision. The Crusaders will attempt to do so behind a defense that has recorded three shutouts in a row while allowing less than 80 total yards per game.
Arrowhead hopes to rejuvenate an offense that has been held scoreless in five of its last seven quarters of play.
Kenosha Indian Trail (3-0) at Kenosha Tremper (3-0)
This matchup, like many of those already mentioned, should go a long way in spring boarding the winner in the league chase and toward a postseason berth.
The surprising Hawks are riding high after a big win against defending Southeast champion Oak Creek. They have featured the strong running of quarterback Zach Gianakos and Andrew Jazdzewski.
The Trojans quietly have gotten off to an excellent start with two lopsided shutouts and a win over an Illinois foe. Eugene Shulski has led the offense with 304 yards rushing and three scores.