SPASH AT WISCONSIN RAPIDS
When: 7 p.m., South Wood County Park, Wisconsin Rapids
Last meeting: Stevens Point Area Senior High 35, Wisconsin Rapids 0 (2014)
About Wisconsin Rapids: After getting off to a 2-0 start, the Raiders fell on tough times with back-to-back losses to Oshkosh West and Hortonville. Wisconsin Rapids got back on the right track with a thrilling 42-35 win over Marshfield in a shootout last week. Quarterback Benjamin Olson racked up 184 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 1:43 left. Isaac Pelot rumbled for 118 yards rushing and Austin Glinski had 99 for the Raiders who rolled up 519 yards on the ground.
About SPASH: The Panthers will try to hold onto the Ol’ River Jug for the fourth straight year. SPASH snapped a two-game losing streak with a dominating 42-0 win over Neenah behind three touchdown runs by Gus Turner-Zick. Victor Kizewski added a pair of scores, including a 51-yard scoring strike from Beau Rosenthal, who also found Joey Hauser on an 8-yard TD pass. The Panthers, who shut out Rapids in each of the last two meetings, limited the Rockets to 63 yards of total offense.
AMHERST AT SHIOCTON
When: 7 p.m., Shiocton High School
Last meeting: Amherst 36, Shiocton 0 (2014).
About Shiocton: It’s been a rollercoaster ride through the first three weeks of the Central Wisconsin Conference 8 for Shiocton, which bounced back from a 47-6 loss to Iola-Scandinavia to knock off Manawa 20-2 in Week 5. If the WIAA playoffs started today, Shiocton would be on the outside looking in at 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the CWC 8. Another conference loss would mean Shiocton would have to win out just to have a chance to qualify for the postseason.
About Amherst: No one has to remind fifth-year Falcons coach Mark Lusic that he has yet to win at Shiocton, falling 35-18 in 2011 and 21-14 in 2013. Amherst took another step in defending its conference championship with a 56-0 drubbing of Pacelli in Week 5. Junior running back Brandon Piotrowski ran for three touchdowns and senior quarterback Garrett Groshek added three scoring passes to carry the Falcons to a 42-0 lead over the Cardinals at halftime.
WILD ROSE AT ALMOND-BANCROFT
When: 7 p.m., Almond-Bancroft Athletic Complex, Almond
Last meeting: Almond-Bancroft 28, Wild Rose 20 (2014)
About Wild Rose: The Wildcats are undefeated this season, including a 42-6 romp over Tigerton/Marion a week ago. Wild Rose also owns a 53-12 win over Port Edwards and sits atop the Central Wisconsin Conference 10 standings at 2-0. The Wildcats have been stingy on defense, surrendering an average of 10 points a game. Jeremy Lesniak, Alec Vandecastle and Tanner Deist have been the catalysts on offense.
About Almond-Bancroft: Having played second fiddle to Rosholt in the race for the CWC 10 championship each of the last three seasons, the Eagles have a chance to take a major step toward claiming a conference title with a win over Wild Rose. A-B has been dominant on both sides of the ball, outscoring opponents 262-21 through five games. Junior quarterback Wyatt Richtmyre, who passed for 204 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-13 win over SWCHA last week, leads a balanced attack averaging 52.4 points a game.
BONDUEL AT IOLA-SCANDINAVIA
When: 7 p.m., Thunderbird Field, Scandinavia
Last meeting: Bonduel 33, Iola-Scandinavia 20 (2014, Level 2 playoffs)
About Bonduel: After suffering heavy graduation losses after a 9-3 season in 2014, the Bears have been somewhat of a surprise. Bonduel is coming off a 35-0 whitewashing of Wittenberg-Birnamwood behind a pair of touchdowns each from Trevor Pederson and Preston Robaidek. Pederson, a senior quarterback, has thrown for 449 yards and five touchdowns, while Blake Stoss paces the ground attack with 549 yards and five TDs. The Bears’ lone loss came at the hands of top-ranked Amherst 49-8 in Week 4.
About Iola-Scandinavia: The Thunderbirds showed no signs of slowing down in a 35-12 win over Weyauwega-Fremont last week despite the absence of Kristian Welch, a University of Iowa commit who missed the game with a knee injury. Seniors Cameron Gruenwald, who accounted for 250 yards of total offense ran for one touchdown and threw for two more, and Caleb Loken made sure I-S didn’t skip a beat. Loken rushed for a score and caught a TD pass. The Thunderbirds suffered their only loss against Amherst 68-27 in the conference opener on Sept. 4.
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