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September 8, 2008
Woodland Conference Insiders Page
Whitnall was able to escape with a victory over Greendale Friday night 21-20. This win for the Falcons keeps their hopes for a conference title alive, while Greendale's chances to take conference are not looking too good. The game came down to the final drive for the winner to be decided.
The game opened up with a muffed kickoff by Whitnall return man Sean Graham, and the Falcons set up at their own four yard line. QB Joel Stave fumbled a snap, and the Panthers were able to get the ball in the red zone for their first drive of the night. QB Ernesto Valente scored on a quarterback sneak, one of two on the night, to put Greendale up 7-0 in the first quarter.…..Details
Week 7 Instant Replay
Pirate defense held the Packers to 50 yards of total offense and forced 3 turnovers.
RB Steve Vogl racked up another 118 yards and 2 TDs on the night.
Chris Smith rushed for 290 yards and 4 TDs in the dominating performance for the Falcons.
RB Sean Graham scored the winning TD with just 49 seconds to go in the game.
West keeps their playoff hopes alive with the victory.
WR Ian McKechnie cathes 5 balls for 207 yards and 3 TDs.
Week 8 Preview
The WIAA Playoffs are fast approaching, and with some teams focused on a conference title, others are fighting to extend their season to a 10th game.
224 teams in the state of Wisconsin will qualify for the playoffs, and after the teams have been decided, the divisions will be set based upon enrollment, with the top 32 teams making up division one, and so on.
Any team with a winning conference record (better than .500) is automatically qualified for the playoffs. For the Woodland Conference, both Black and Blue divisions, that means 5 conference wins automatically qualifies you for the playoffs.
NOTE: The Woodland counts all conference games, including crossover games against the opposite division, as conference wins. However, any crossover games that occurred in week 1 are NOT counted as conference games.
If the total teams with better than .500 records in conference does not reach 224 (and it won’t), teams with a .500 conference record will then be included in the field. Tie-breaking procedures with .500 conference teams begins with overall record, and proceeds from there. Click here to read the WIAA Tournament Procedures in detail.
IN THE PLAYOFFS
These teams have already clinched a playoff berth.
Pewaukee (7-0, 6-0)
The Pirates have clinched a playoff berth and are ranked as the top team in Division 3 by WisconsinPreps.com. A conference title should solidify a number one seed in the playoffs.
Whitnall got a HUGE win against Greendale on Friday to clinch a playoff berth. They can’t look past a tough South Milwaukee squad this week, although the matchup against Pewaukee should provide them the opponent they need to get ready for the playoffs.
New Berlin Eisenhower (6-1, 5-1)
Ike gave up a lot of yards to South Milwaukee, but clinched their playoff spot by putting 48 points on the board. Will their offense be enough to compete for a state title?
Brown Deer (6-1, 5-1)
The Falcons are in the playoffs with the victory over Thomas More. They don’t have much of a shot to beat Pewaukee for the division title however, so it’s time to fine tune their game against the New Berlin schools to close the regular season.
These teams are good bets to qualify for the post season, either because they are favored to get 5 or more wins in the conference based on their schedule, or because they have a strong record and should get to at least .500 in the conference.
Missing their chance to clinch against Whitnall, they get a tough Tosa West squad that must win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. If they falter, they still have winless Cudahy in week 9, so expect Greendale to fifth straight playoff appearance.
South Milwaukee (4-3, 3-3)
In their first year in the Woodland, the Rockets must run the table in order to clinch a playoff spot, which will be difficult against Whitnall this week. However, they still have a below average Thomas More squad in week 9 to get to .500, which should put them in with an overall winning record.
New Berlin West (4-3, 4-2)
West will have a tough time clinching a spot this week against Brown Deer, but with winless Greenfield in Week 9, the Vikings should be in. They’ve already clinched at least a .500 record, which could be enough on its own to get them in.
FIGHTING FOR A PLAYOFF SPOT
These teams will need to play hard in order to get into the playoffs. It’s no sure thing with their current records and remaining schedule.
Wauwatosa West (3-4, 2-4)
The Trojans season comes down to this week’s matchup with Greendale. They must pull off the upset in order to have a chance to make the playoffs for just the second time since 1984. If they win this week, they get St. Francis, who is winless in the conference, to get to .500 and have a strong shot at the playoffs.
To “clinch” a playoff spot, these teams must win out, and realistically, even if they win 2 of their remaining three games, they are on the bubble with a losing overall record.
St. Thomas More (2-5, 2-4)
Though mathematically alive, Thomas More is flat lining. To have any chance they would have to upset both Pewaukee and South Milwaukee to finish the season. Unlikely is the word I would use.
PLAYING FOR PRIDE
Cudahy (0-7, 0-6)
St. Francis (1-6, 0-6)
Greenfield (0-7, 0-6)