ABBOTSFORD (5-0) AT NEWMAN CATHOLIC (2-3)
When: 7 p.m. at Stiehm Stadium
Last meeting: Abbotsford 28, Newman Catholic 21 (2 OT) (2014)
About Abbotsford: The Falcons are the lone undefeated team in the Cloverwood Conference and have the top-ranked offense in the conference, averaging 402.6 yards per game. Ethan Kramas is the second-leading rusher in the Cloverwood with 661 yards. Newman Catholic’s Jake Gajewski leads the way with 815 yards and both players have rushed for 12 touchdowns.
About Newman Catholic: This will be the second of a challenging four-game stretch for the Cardinals, which began last week at Loyal and continues next week at Owen-Withee. Newman Catholic is rushing for 219.8 yards per game, and is allowing 292 yards per game defensively.
HORTONVILLE (4-1) AT MARSHFILED (3-2)
When: 7 p.m. at Beell Stadium
Last meeting: Hortonville 55, Marshfield 27
About Hortonville: Four different Polar Bears scored rushing touchdowns during a shutout win over Oshkosh West last week. QB Brandon Stoeger completed 12 of 20 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown. Hortonville is in just its second year in the Valley Football Association, competing in the Bay Conference prior to their realignment.
About Marshfield: Nick Hoheisel scored three times and finished with 227 yards during a 42-35 loss to Wisconsin Rapids last week. Tyson Slade connected with Zach McManus twice for scoring strikes, including one that briefly gave Marshfield the lead in the fourth quarter. The Tigers’ biggest margin of victory this season was a 35-14 win over Oshkosh West in week 4.
CHEQUAMEGON (1-4) AT STRATFORD (3-2)
When: 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium
Last meeting: Chequamegon 19, Stratford 6 (2014)
About Chequamegon: The Screaming Eagles have struggled on offense this season. In their one win, they scored 26 points, but in the four losses have scored more than once just one time, scoring 14 in a loss to Osseo-Fairchild.
About Statford: The Tigers trailed 15-0 after the first quarter against Edgar in their annual event, but shut the Wildcats down after that in a two-point loss. Kam Bornbach and Taylor Krall scored touchdowns for Stratford in the game. Stratford got upset by the Screaming Eagles a year ago and will want to hand them their fifth loss this week.
SPENCER/COLUMBUS (5-0) AT REGIS (4-1)
When: 1 p.m. at Carson Park, Eau Claire
Last meeting: Regis 20, Spencer/Columbus 6
About Spencer/Columbus: The Rockets have a chance to make a big program statement with a win over the Ramblers, a team the cooperative program has never beaten. In Week 2, Spencer/Columbus beat Stanley-Boyd for the first time since joining forces. The Rockets have allowed only six points in the first half in any game this season. The 29 points they have yielded in the fourth quarter have come when substitutes have been on the field.
About Regis: With four state finals appearances and one championship (2003) since joining the WIAA, the Ramblers are an annual contender for the Cloverbelt title. Tommy Cicha is the top rusher in the offense with 377 yards and four touchdowns and Jake Burns and Noel Ortiz have combined for six TDs. The Ramblers lone loss this season came in week 1 to Stanley-Boyd.
AT ASSUMPTION (4-1)
When: 1 p.m. at South Wood County Field
Last meeting: Loyal 41, Assumption 14 (2014)
About Loyal: The Greyhounds have won four straight since their season opening loss to Athens. Stetson Rueth ran for 123 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns during a 41-21 win over Newman Catholic last week. Since getting shutout by Athens, Loyal has scored 165 points in its last four games.
About Assumption: Since a week 3 loss to Abbotsford, the Royals have won two straight, scoring 85 points. During last weekend’s romp over Gilman, Jon Trickey scored four times and finished with 183 yards on six carries. Assumption has been the team to watch in the Cloverwood this season. The team pitched shutouts in its first two games.
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