There are just two weeks to go in the eight-week prep football season, and it’s now or never for those teams still looking to build a case for playoff consideration.
In this area, only two teams have, for sure, qualified for the playoffs: Plymouth and Cedar Grove-Belgium. Six more technically remain mathematically in the hunt for a berth.
Teams must finish at least .500 in league play to qualify for the postseason, but must finish over .500 to guarantee a bid.
All teams that finish at .500 are thrown into the mix, and the WIAA decides which of those teams fill whatever spots are left in the seven-division, 224-team group. Very often, teams from larger-sized conferences get the nods over teams from small conferences.
In the Eastern Wisconsin Conference, Plymouth (6-0 overall, 5-0 EWC), Two Rivers (6-0, 5-0) and Kewaskum (5-1, 4-1) are in the playoffs already with two games to go.
Sheboygan Falls (3-3, 2-3), which cruised past Kiel on Friday in a must-win for both teams, must still win its final two games. The Falcons play Waupun (1-5, 1-4) next Friday, but finish up at Kewaskum. Campbellsport (3-3, 2-3) is in a similar boat.
Kiel (2-4, 1-4), Waupun and New Holstein (1-5, 0-5) are eliminated from playoff consideration.
Sheboygan South’s playoff hopes remain alive, but the Redwings (2-4 overall and Fox River Classic Conference) must win its final two games to be considered. Next Friday, the Redwings host unbeaten Bay Port (6-0) then are at Sheboygan North (1-5) in the finale.
North’s playoff chances are gone. Bay Port, along with Green Bay schools Southwest and Preble (all 6-0) are in, and De Pere (4-2) is in good shape. Green Bay’s East and West are also out of contention.
The Central Lakeshore Conference is in a unique spot. With just five teams in the league this year — thanks to Elkhart Lake leaving to play eight-man football and Lutheran/Kohler/Christian taking a year off from the varsity game — each team plays just four conference games.
Only Cedar Grove-Belgium, at 3-0, is guaranteed a spot in the postseason from the CLC. Howards Grove, at 2-1, must beat Ozaukee next Friday to guarantee a spot, and Ozaukee must beat both Howards and Random Lake the following week to get in.
Random Lake (3-3, 0-2) and Oostburg (1-5, 0-2), though technically still in contention for postseason consideration, are facing uphill climbs.