Week 8 rankings
1. De Pere (8-0): The Redbirds clinched at least a share of their first Fox River Classic Conference title with a 58-9 win over Sheboygan South. It was a season-high in points for De Pere and was the third straight game and fourth overall that it scored 50 or more. The Redbirds will play at Bay Port on Friday looking to win the conference title outright and go undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 2005. Last week’s ranking: 1.
2. Bay Port (7-1): The Pirates beat Green Bay Southwest 28-14, winning their third straight game since a loss to Ashwaubenon in Week 5. It put Bay Port in position to win a share of the FRCC title with a home win over De Pere this week. If the Pirates can pull it off, they’d become the first FRCC team to win at least a share of back-to-back titles since the league started in 2007. Last week’s ranking: 2.
3. Green Bay Notre Dame (6-2): The Tritons responded from a close loss to Bay Port in Week 7 by beating Green Bay Preble 52-10. It was the first time the Hornets have allowed 50 or more points since permitting 59 to Green Bay East in a regular-season finale in 2006. Last week’s ranking: 3.
4. Wrightstown (6-2): The Tigers ended a two-game losing streak with a commanding 54-27 win over Oconto Falls. It was the most points they have scored in the past 33 games. Last week’s ranking: 6.
5. Luxemburg-Casco (5-3): A 10-3 loss at Freedom ended the Spartans’ North Eastern Conference title hopes. The Irish held off both L-C and Wrightstown for the title by beating the teams in defensive battles the past two weeks by a combined score of 17-3. Last week’s ranking: 4.
6. Green Bay Southwest (5-3): The Trojans were held to a season-low 14 points in their loss to Bay Port, which also ended a three-game winning streak that had been their best since winning five straight in 2013. Having clinched a playoff spot, Southwest will attempt to finish the regular season strong against Notre Dame this week. Last week’s ranking: 5.
7. Coleman (8-0): The Cougars were held to a season-low 21 points but still beat Peshtigo by two touchdowns to win the Marinette-Oconto Conference title outright. Coleman has allowed just 34 points this season. Last week’s ranking: 7.
8. Seymour (6-2): Won its fourth straight with a 21-14 victory over Waupaca. The Thunder has outscored its opponents 183-35 during its winning streak. Last week’s ranking: 8.
9. Southern Door (6-2): Clinched at least a share of the Packerland Conference title with a 56-7 win at Sturgeon Bay. It’s the Eagles’ first championship since 2000. They can win the league outright with a win against Algoma on Friday, a team it beat 49-20 in Week 4. Last week’s ranking: 9.
10. Ashwaubenon (5-3): The Jaguars are in the playoffs for an 18th straight season after a 57-13 win at Pulaski. Ashwaubenon has scored a season-high in points in back-to-back weeks, outscoring Manitowoc and Pulaski 106-13. Last week’s ranking: 10.
Team of the week
Green Bay West
The Wildcats beat New London 49-6 for their first win since Week 1 of last season and their first as a member of the Bay Conference. The Wildcats have scored 81 points in their last three games after scoring 33 in the first five.
Players of the week
Nate Ihlenfeldt, G.B. Notre Dame: Rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns and had three receptions for 76 yards and two scores against Preble.
Will Ark, Ashwaubenon: Threw for 271 yards and four TDs in a win over Pulaski.
Jamar Brown, G.B. West: Scored five TDs and rushed for almost 300 yards against New London.
Trevor Hawkey, Southern Door: Had five receptions for 101 yards and a TD and returned a punt 70 yards for a score against Sturgeon Bay.
Nik Ohuafi, De Pere: Rushed for 189 yards and three TDs in a win over Sheboygan South.