There are three undefeated prep football teams remaining atop the Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in conference heading into tonight’s Week 6 action, but that number is certain to drop.
One team, Plymouth, hosts Campbellsport (3-2, 2-2 EWC). The other two — Two Rivers and Kewaskum — will square off tonight in Kewaskum for a game that will certainly have implications in terms of determining who is atop the conference come season’s end.
“This game is a statement game, just like all the others, but it is against another undefeated team and will have a part of the finalization of one of our team’s goals (to win the Eastern Wisconsin Conference),” Two Rivers head coach Brent Luebke said in an email.
Kewaskum, which handed the Raiders a 38-28 home loss last season, is a much different team this year than it was last year. The Indians are much smaller this year in terms of height and weight. However, the Raiders are different too, as last year’s game against Kewaskum came at a time when they were plagued with injuries.
“The main issue last year was that we did have injuries, and the specific players that were injured were not only leaders by example, but also vocal leaders,” Luebke said. “Kewaskum sticks to their basics and fundamentals as we do. It will be a game of two programs they aren’t going to change from what we do.”
Kewaskum, which utilizes the running game to set up play-action passes for deep passing plays, has individuals that are second in most offensive categories in the EWC — trailing only a couple of Raiders. The Indians’ Teddy Wollner leads the conference in rushing at 147.8 yards per game while quarterback Brett Boegel trails only Two Rivers’ Brett Kasper’s 303.2 yard per game with 149. Dexter Smith, the conference’s leading receiver at 650 total yards, is trailed by Kewaskum’s Nate Krupp at 373 yards.
“Kewaskum’s strengths are their quickness at the linebacker position and strength up front on defense. Offensively they run the ball well. (Their) coaching is exceptional which puts their defense in the right positions,” Luebke said. “(The Indians) try to lull the defense to sleep and then pull the trigger to try to get a deep shot. We have focused all year on being disciplined and understanding personal roles within the defense. We feel that the repetition and routine will carry us through against teams that primarily focus on this style.”
With Two Rivers having beaten its previous opponents by an average of roughly 35 points, some might think that facing Kewaskum — which has beaten its opponents by an average of about 27 points — might give the Raiders their first taste of adversity.
“We have implemented situations all throughout the offseason in training and in practice as to where our players face (adversity),” Luebke said. “In addition, during games we have (had) a few let ups on offense and defense. Our players face (adversity) in games on specific downs — we focus on bouncing back. We challenge them to understand that it is the judge of their and our team’s character as to how we bounce back and respond to the adversity we face.”