Week 4 rankings
1. Bay Port (4-0): The Pirates won their 15th straight regular-season game with a commanding 40-8 victory over Manitowoc. Bay Port just completed a three-game stretch against the bottom half of the conference, outscoring Sheboygan North, Sheboygan South and Manitowoc 171-52. Last week’s ranking: 1.
2. De Pere (4-0): Here’s something to know about the Redbirds. Senior quarterback Cole Runge doesn’t lose games in the regular season. Like, ever. He improved to 11-0 in helping lead De Pere to a 20-13 comeback win over Ashwaubenon on Friday. Last week’s ranking: 2.
3. Green Bay Notre Dame (3-1): The Tritons beat Sheboygan North 49-0. It was the third straight year they blanked the Raiders, outscoring them 129-0 during that span. Notre Dame has Pulaski and Manitowoc the next two weeks, giving it an opportunity to perhaps be 5-1 going into a big game against Bay Port on Oct. 2. Last week’s ranking: 3.
4. Wrightstown (4-0): Scored a season-high 42 points in a win at Marinette and remains tied with Freedom for first in the North Eastern Conference standings. The next three weeks will be a great test for the Tigers. They will play a nonconference game against Waupaca (3-1) this week, followed by league games against Luxemburg-Casco (3-1) and Freedom (4-0). Last week’s ranking: 5.
5. Luxemburg-Casco (3-1): Responded from its loss to Seymour by beating Denmark 35-19. The Spartans are averaging 26.8 points per game despite being blanked by the Thunder. Last week’s ranking: 8.
6. Ashwaubenon (2-2): The Jaguars have lost two straight for the first time since starting the 2012 season 0-2. The losses to Notre Dame and De Pere were only by a touchdown each, so it’s not as if the Jaguars aren’t playing tough against good competition. They don’t catch a break this week, though, hosting Bay Port on Friday. Last week’s ranking: 4.
7. Coleman (4-0): The Cougars continued their dominating play with a 56-0 win over Laona/Wabeno. Coleman, which has posted two shutouts, is outscoring opponents by an average of 40.5 points per game. Last week’s ranking: 10.
8. Seymour (2-2): The Thunder has not been able to get into a rhythm, alternating between wins and losses after a 28-7 defeat to Menasha last week. But it survived a brutal opening schedule and now has a chance to get on a roll with games against Shawano, New London and Green Bay West over the next three weeks. Those three have gone a combined 1-11. Last week’s ranking: 6.
9. Southern Door (3-1): The Eagles beat Algoma 49-20 and have won three straight since a Week 1 loss to Winneconne. The offense is averaging 37.3 points per game during the winning streak. Last week’s ranking: NR.
10. Green Bay Preble (2-2): The Hornets have responded well after opening the season with losses to Bay Port and Ashwaubenon. They have won two straight since, including a 28-25 win at Green Bay Southwest last week. Of course, their reward is going up against undefeated De Pere this week, but it will be a good opportunity to see how far they’ve come since losing to the Pirates on opening night. Last week’s ranking: NR.
Team of the week
West De Pere
The Phantoms beat Green Bay East 50-7 for their second straight win after starting the season 0-2. Matthew McNabb again was a star for West De Pere, rushing for 174 yards and catching a 72-yard TD. West De Pere has its biggest game of the season at undefeated Appleton Xavier this week. If it wants any chance to win the Bay Conference, it must beat the Hawks.
Players of the week
Issac Higgins, Pulaski: Rushed for 143 yards on 19 carries and scored two TDs to help the Red Raiders earn their first win of the season against Sheboygan South.
Vinny Pallini, Green Bay Notre Dame: Caught a 14-yard TD pass and scored on a 50-yard punt return while making all seven of his extra-point attempts as a kicker in a win over Sheboygan North.
Eric Arndt, Wausaukee: The senior did a little of everything in a 48-6 win over Florence, returning both a kick and an interception for touchdowns and also rushing for a 3-yard TD.
Logan Gerow, Green Bay Preble: Caught six passes for 124 yards, including a 63-yard TD pass, to help the Hornets beat Southwest. Also had a 22-yard TD run.
Ricky Neldner, Suring: Returned two punts and a kickoff for TDs in Suring’s win over White Lake/Elcho.