importfromil
Instead of having one thread for each week, I'm going to do one for the postseason. It'll be up to all of you to report in with your picks each week.

We've got 6 teams, so 6 games to start off. I'll post each participating team's schedule to help out (spoilered to save space).


#5 Spencer/Columbus Catholic (6-3) at #4 Columbus (7-2)

[spoiler]Spencer/Marshfield Columbus Catholic [Coop] "Rockets" -- Cloverbelt Conference

d. Fall Creek 35-14
l. Stanley-Boyd 21-0
d. Neillsville 24-0
d. Colby 26-13
d. Cadott 60-14
l. Eau Claire Regis 20-6
d. Altoona 46-18
l. Edgar 28-6
d. Osseo-Fairchild 44-22

Last playoff appearance: 2012, D5 (d. Peshtigo 13-6; l. Stratford 33-15)


Columbus "Cardinals" -- Capitol North

d. Parkview 29-0
d. Whitewater 42-7
d. New Glarus/Monticello 34-14
d. Nekoosa 19-0
l. Lodi 10-7
l. Poynette 31-12
d. Luther Prep 36-7
d. Lake Mills 41-14
d. Lakeside Lutheran 35-19

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (d. Marshall 14-12; l. Nekoosa 31-6)[/spoiler]

#8 University School of Milwaukee (6-3) at #1 Lodi (8-1)

[spoiler]University School of Milwaukee "Wildcats" - Midwest Classic

d. Milwaukee South 63-0
l. Ozaukee 39-12
d. HOPE Christian 51-12
d. SJNMA 18-6
l. Brookfield Academy 34-13
d. Kenosha Christian Life 42-14
l. Lake Country Lutheran 42-7
d. Living Word Lutheran 60-6
d. Saint Francis 35-27

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (l. Big Foot 44-6)


Lodi "Blue Devils" -- Capitol South

d. McFarland 27-0
d. Edgerton 42-0
l. Wautoma 26-7
d. Cambridge 34-13
d. Columbus 10-7
d. Lakeside Lutheran 42-14
d. Lake Mills 42-7
d. Poynette 34-7
d. Luther Prep 35-0

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D3 (d. West Salem 45-7; l. Mount Horeb/Barneveld 40-14)[/spoiler]

#6 River Valley (6-3) at #3 Marshall (8-1)

[spoiler]River Valley "Blackhawks" -- Southwest Wisconsin Conference

l. Brodhead/Juda 44-18
d. Nekoosa 12-6
d. Luther 19-12
d. Viroqua 40-13
d. Dodgeville 32-22
l. Lancaster 67-37
l. Platteville 27-20
d. Richland Center 49-14
d. Prairie du Chien 42-12

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (l. Winneconne 28-6)


Marshall "Cardinals" -- Capitol South Conference

d. Lake Mills 42-3
d. Jefferson 28-21
d. Westfield 43-14
d. Luther Prep 46-6
d. Belleville 61-26
d. New Glarus/Monticello 29-0
l. Cambridge 17-10
d. Waterloo 22-6
d. Wisconsin Heights 34-12

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (l. Columbus 14-12)[/spoiler]

#6 Laconia (4-5) at #3 Poynette (8-1)

[spoiler]Laconia "Spartans" -- Wisconsin Flyway Conference

l. Wautoma 27-9
l. Brown Deer 48-0
l. Omro 14-7
d. Winnebago Lutheran 7-0
l. Kettle Moraine Lutheran 27-19
d. Mayville 49-7
d. North Fond du Lac 60-0
l. Saint Mary's Springs 56-21
d. Lomira 35-0

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (d. Cambridge 21-7; l. Lancaster 34-13)


Poynette "Pumas" -- Capitol North Conference

d. Westfield 40-18
d. Adams-Friendship 42-12
d. Nekoosa 28-14
d. Belleville 50-14
d. Luther Prep 45-7
d. Columbus 31-12
d. Lakeside Lutheran 37-6
l. Lodi 34-7
d. Lake Mills 21-7

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (l. Racine St. Catherine's 35-0)[/spoiler]

#6 Waterloo (7-2) at #3 Cedar Grove-Belgium (7-2)

[spoiler]Waterloo "Pirates" - Capitol South Conference

d. Pardeeville 41-0
d. Luther Prep 28-12
d. Lake Mills 27-21
d. Adams-Friendship 14-8
d. Wisconsin Heights 48-15
d. Belleville 47-36
d. New Glarus/Monticello 21-14
l. Marshall 22-6
l. Cambridge 36-0

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (l. Lancaster 44-12)


Cedar Grove-Belgium "Rockets" -- Central Lakeshore Conference

l. Mishicot 28-14
d. Manitowoc Lutheran 14-7
d. Pardeeville 40-14
d. Powers North Central (MI) 55-36
d. Oostburg 54-6
d. Howards Grove 42-15
d. Random Lake 50-6
l. Ozaukee 28-22
d. Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian/Kohler 49-21

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (d. Oconto 36-15; d. Bonduel 50-7; l. Kewaunee 47-12)[/spoiler]

#7 Shoreland Lutheran (6-3) at #2 Cambridge (8-1)

[spoiler]Shoreland Lutheran "Pacers" -- Metro Classic Conference

l. Clinton 45-27
d. Kenosha Christian Life 47-10
l. Catholic Central 43-28
d. Dominican 61-30
d. Saint Thomas More 42-0
l. Racine St. Catherine's 49-32
d. Kenosha St. Joseph 40-20
d. Racine Lutheran 47-8
d. Martin Luther 45-31

Last playoff appearance: 2010, D5 (l. Waterloo 42-25)


Cambridge "Bluejays" -- Capitol South Conference

d. Beloit Turner 47-0
d. Deerfield 35-0
d. Adams-Friendship 21-14
l. Lodi 34-13
d. New Glarus/Monticello 40-3
d. Wisconsin Heights 38-0
d. Marshall 17-10
d. Belleville 43-6
d. Waterloo 36-0

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (l. Laconia 21-7)[/spoiler]
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."
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ash22themagnificent
My picks:

Columbus
Lodi
River Valley (toss up and can Valley's defense shut down DeForest will be the big question along solving the mystery of the opening round blues in the five out of the last six seasons)
Poynette
Cedar Grove/Belgium
Cambridge
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Spencer/ Columbus Catholic at Columbus- I only know things about Columbus as of right now. I looked up the stats for SCC on here and wasn't impressed. I think Columbus finally has things back to normal and will roll over them. Cards by 14

University School of Milwaukee at Lodi- Blue Devils continue their dominance in round one of the playoffs. Last year they were D3 and I think them being D4 will help them out more. Once again I know very little on the other team. Lodi by 21

River Valley at Marshall- This can either be one hell of a game or a long night for either team. I do know they have played each other before in a round one playoff game a few years back. I think the key to this is Marshall will need to run their triple option the way it needs to be ran. No more using one or two guys, all the athletes they have they should dominate every game. River Valley also has a size advantage on the line which could be a difference maker. Whatever defense comes ready to play will help their team get the win. I am going with my cut and hope Marshall takes this one. Marshall by 14

Laconia at Poynette- I think Poynette should win this game with ease. Without Bruchs for I think they can manage to win a level one playoff game. I hope he is able to come back in time for their next game. With him this team is dangerous and could upset many teams. Pumas by 21

Waterloo at Cedar Grove-Belgium- I don't see Waterloo winning this game for some reason. I think it goes to show they face two tough teams, Marshall and Cambridge, and everything falls apart. They looked tired in both games and I think CGB is a good team again this year. Rockets by 21

Shoreland Lutheran at Cambridge- Shoreland Lutheran doesn't look to be that bad of a team. But Owens is playing at his best right now. Rushing over 500 yards in two weeks is something no one has done in the Capitol South in a long time. I hope Cambridge plays well because they have a solid chance at making a run this year. Cambridge by 14
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Spencer/Columbus Catholic at Columbus - I think that Columbus has the edge here. They slipped up a bit in the middle of the year, and I honestly did see that coming, but they finished strong, and as I result, I think they're a bit better than their 7-2 record might indicate. Been a long time coming since Columbus has had teams and players this good, and I think they start off the postseason with a nice win at home. EDIT: Columbus still has my choice to win, but I really am thinking about changing this pick by Friday. S/CC is battle tested. If you can play teams like Stanley-Boyd, Edgar, and EC Regis relatively tough, you got a fair chance to win in the playoffs then. CBus should really be ready for a grinder.

USM at Lodi - I believe that had Lodi been in D4 a year ago, they would have advanced far into the playoffs. They are back, and I believe they're as strong as they were last year, only this time, they did it as a team, not with star power. They get going fast and win a good one.

River Valley at Marshall - Marshall has less size in the trenches than usual, but they usually play bigger than their listed weight (ex: Dayne Retallick). How DeForest chooses to use his athleticism decides this football game. River Valley does no one thing excellent, but they play a tough brand of football, and they don't play in an easy conference. I think Marshall wins here, thanks to being at home, but the Cards do have a penchant for the early exit the last few years. Going with ya, Cards, but be ready for a slugfest.

Laconia at Poynette - Not having Bruchs for this one would obviously make this game different, but I do respect the Flyway conference a ton (perennial D6 contender St. Mary's Springs plays in this conference), and the competition is always pretty fierce for the Spartans. However, I think that Poynette is a fine team and will get a nice win at home. I say somewhere in the vicinity of anywhere from 14 to 21. Could be closer if Bruchs is out or not at 100%

Waterloo at Cedar Grove-Belgium - CGB always seems to have a fair share of talented athletes in its football program and this year is no different. IMO, Waterloo beat the teams they were supposed to, and kind of peaked early this year. They have been beat down bad by Marshall and Cambridge, teams that really can just wear you down with the run, something CGB has always excelled at. Hate to see early exits in the Cap, but Loo goes home with the L.

Shoreland Lutheran at Cambridge - SL is a good story this year... I believe they didn't win a game a year ago, and now they got into the playoffs rather comfortably this season. Cambridge won the conference title outright, and that was no fluke. Owens carries the team, yes, but I think when called upon, Garlewski is the real x-factor here. He's been the man to run this team for the last three years, and he has experience. He'll be able to make the big play when his number is called, and that's what makes this Cambridge team pretty great.
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thecrackerjack
Spencer/Columbus Catholic
Lodi
Marshall
Poynette
Cedar Grove-Belgium
Cambridge

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importfromil
In order of confidence:

Shoreland Lutheran at Cambridge -- the Pacers have a bit more balance on offense, but don't have a great run defense. Unless this game gets wide-open (I don't expect it to), that's going to be a problem. Josh Owens needs 254 yards for 2000 on the season; he won't get it all in this game, but he'll get a sizeable chunk of it. Bluejays by 21.

USM at Lodi - the Wildcats have Michael Tucker; the Blue Devils have an entire defense and USM doesn't have a passing game to loosen it up. Lodi will go as far as its defense carries it; that's at least through this game. Blue Devils by 28.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic at Columbus - in theory, this is a toss-up ... but I think when you look at the stats for both teams, this isn't that close. S/CC doesn't do any one thing great on offense; they have no dominant RB, the QB is OK, ... the defense is maybe the bright spot here, and in the 3 losses it was an inability to bottle up the run that did the Rockets in. Columbus has Geiger and Herschleb, and as long as they're both used they should combine to wear down the S/CC defense. The other thing that stands out: Columbus has a decided size advantage on both sides of the line. In the 2nd half, that may be on display. Cardinals by 21.

Laconia at Poynette - haven't heard anything on the injury to Bruchs (details, severity) - but it won't matter for this game. The Spartans aren't nearly as loaded as last year, and the run defense isn't strong ... which is a problem going against the two-headed attack of Lenius and Reddeman. This will probably be closer than it should be, though. Pumas by 8.

Waterloo at Cedar Grove-Belgium - long last two weeks for the Pirates, who are basically playing Cambridge's schedule from 2013. Waterloo will hope that their 2015 turns out like Cambridge's 2014 has so far. Too much offense from CG-B; if injuries are still a concern for Waterloo, this could get ugly. Rockets by 14.

River Valley at Marshall - as noted above, Marshall has had fits in the opening round and RV put up a fight before falling a couple years ago. The blueprint to stopping Marshall is to stop Ty DeForest ... which is easier said than done - but one way is to keep that offense off the field. It's close (again), but the hosts survive the opener at home this year. Cardinals by 2.

I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."
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badgerfan15
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Colombus
Lodi
Marshall
Poynette
CGB
Cambridge
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amped0808
Columbus: S/CC has had a good season in the Cloverbelt but being in a mainly D5-D6 league seems to hurt them come playoff time.

Lodi: The bigger Midwest Classic schools struggle when it comes to the postseason.

River Valley: SWC is a tough conference despite being handled by the Coulee this year.

Poynette: Pumas seem to be geared for a deep run.

Cedar Grove-Belgium: Toss up. Despite finishing second to Ozaukee in the CLC, it is never a good idea to underestimate the Rockets.

Cambridge: Shoreland had a big bounceback year from going 1-17 the last two years but Cambridge are more battled tested.
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Columbus

Lodi by a lot

Marshall by 7, it will be a close game

Poynette will get their last win of the year

Cgb by 14, their not as good this year as in the past

Shorleland Lutheran by 10, they have more size and cambridges only weakness is lack of size. Plus shoreland plays way more tougher teams then cambridge.
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Heard through the twittersphere that Deforest got offered a preferred walk on to UW-Madison (tweeted by Travis Wilson). That's awesome to hear. Anyone know if he has any scholarship offers from D1 schools?
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wihsfootball
Heard through the twittersphere that Deforest got offered a preferred walk on to UW-Madison (tweeted by Travis Wilson). That's awesome to hear. Anyone know if he has any scholarship offers from D1 schools?

First player from the Capitol south to get a preferred walk on, since the great Evan kurkowski from waterloo in 2012.
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importfromil
Standings after Level 1

thecrackerjack: 5-1
whfan202: 5-1
bcushing: 5-1
badgerfan15: 4-2
importfromil: 4-2
ash22themagnificent: 3-3
amped0808: 3-3
wihsfootball: 3-3

No one got Waterloo over Cedar Grove-Belgium, everyone got Lodi and Poynette. No matter what happens, the Capitol South will still be alive in the quarterfinals Level 3 in D5.

Level 2 Pairings

#5 Platteville (7-3) at #1 Lodi (9-1)

[spoiler]Platteville "Hillmen" - Southwestern Wisconsin

d. Darlington 35-19
l. Holmen 27-0
d. Viroqua 32-0
l. Black River Falls 36-14
d. Prairie du Chien 48-13
d. Richland Center 47-14
d. River Valley 27-20
d. Dodgeville 39-25
l. Lancaster 50-20

2014 Playoffs: d. Clinton 31-12

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (d. Dodgeville 34-0; d. Brodhead/Juda 31-21; d. Big Foot 7-2; d. Roncalli 22-15; l. Winneconne 28-14 in D4 championship game)


Lodi "Blue Devils" -- Capitol North

d. McFarland 27-0
d. Edgerton 42-0
l. Wautoma 26-7
d. Cambridge 34-13
d. Columbus 10-7
d. Lakeside Lutheran 42-14
d. Lake Mills 42-7
d. Poynette 34-7
d. Luther Prep 35-0

2014 Playoffs: d. University School of Milwaukee 37-0

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D3 (d. West Salem 45-7; l. Mount Horeb/Barneveld 40-14 in Level 2)

Previous playoff meetings: 2003, D4 (Lodi d. Platteville 42-25 in Level 1); 2004, D4 (Platteville d. Lodi 54-40 in Level 1); 2007, D4 (Platteville d. Lodi 37-22 in Level 1); 2012, D4 (Platteville d. Lodi 32-27 in Level 1)[/spoiler]

#3 Marshall (9-1) at #2 Brodhead/Juda (9-1)

[spoiler]Broadhead/Juda "Cardinals" - Rock Valley North

d. River Valley 44-18
d. Evansville/Albany 12-7
d. McFarland 40-3
d. East Troy 41-0
d. Parkview 41-7
l. Clinton 36-34
d. Beloit Turner 41-0
d. Palmyra-Eagle 36-0
d. Big Foot 27-21

2014 Playoffs: d. Kettle Moraine Lutheran 47-14

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (d. Saint Thomas More 43-6; l. Platteville 31-21 in Level 2)


Marshall "Cardinals" -- Capitol South

d. Lake Mills 42-3
d. Jefferson 28-21
d. Westfield 43-14
d. Luther Prep 46-6
d. Belleville 61-26
d. New Glarus/Monticello 29-0
l. Cambridge 17-10
d. Waterloo 22-6
d. Wisconsin Heights 34-12

2014 Playoffs: d. River Valley 28-6

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D4 (l. Columbus 14-12 in Level 1)

Previous playoff meetings: none[/spoiler]

#3 Poynette (9-1) at #2 Lancaster (9-1)

[spoiler]Poynette "Pumas" -- Capitol North

d. Westfield 40-18
d. Adams-Friendship 42-12
d. Nekoosa 28-14
d. Belleville 50-14
d. Luther Prep 45-7
d. Columbus 31-12
d. Lakeside Lutheran 37-6
l. Lodi 34-7
d. Lake Mills 21-7

2014 Playoffs: d. Laconia 36-14

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (l. Racine St. Catherine's 35-0 in Level 1)


Lancaster "Flying Arrows" - Southwest Wisconsin

d. Fennimore 42-0
d. Onalaska 51-22
l. Arcadia 31-24
d. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 42-10
d. Richland Center 39-6
d. River Valley 67-37
d. Dodgeville 55-28
d. Prairie du Chien 42-30
d. Platteville 50-20

2014 Playoffs: d. Osseo-Fairchild 82-45

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (d. Waterloo 44-12; d. Laconia 34-13; d. Racine St. Catherine's 21-0; d. Kewaunee 52-26; l. Stanley-Boyd 21-16 in D5 championship game)

Prior Playoff Matchups: 1999, D4 (Lancaster d. Poynette 26-7 in Level 4); 2000, D4 (Lancaster d. Poynette 52-14 in Level 2); 2005 (Lancaster d. Poynette 42-7 in Level 3)[/spoiler]

#6 Waterloo (8-2) at #2 Cambridge (9-1)

[spoiler]Waterloo "Pirates" - Capitol South

d. Pardeeville 41-0
d. Luther Prep 28-12
d. Lake Mills 27-21
d. Adams-Friendship 14-8
d. Wisconsin Heights 48-15
d. Belleville 47-36
d. New Glarus/Monticello 21-14
l. Marshall 22-6
l. Cambridge 36-0

2014 Playoffs: d. Cedar Grove-Belgium 42-29

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (l. Lancaster 44-12 in Level 1)


Cambridge "Bluejays" -- Capitol South

d. Beloit Turner 47-0
d. Deerfield 35-0
d. Adams-Friendship 21-14
l. Lodi 34-13
d. New Glarus/Monticello 40-3
d. Wisconsin Heights 38-0
d. Marshall 17-10
d. Belleville 43-6
d. Waterloo 36-0

2014 Playoffs: d. Shoreland Lutheran 34-26

Last playoff appearance: 2013, D5 (l. Laconia 21-7 in Level 1)

Prior Playoff Meetings: 1988, D5 (Waterloo d. Cambridge 30-13 in Sectional Final); 2011, D5 (Cambridge d. Waterloo 19-14 in Level 2)[/spoiler]
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."
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bcushing
Playoffs Round 2

Platteville at Lodi- I think Platteville has played the tougher schedule so far and it will show on Friday night. They run a very similar offense and if one team can stop the run the it will be game over for the other. I just don't see Lodi winning this game. Platteville is a good and strong team. Hillman by 14

Marshall at Brodhead/Juda- Both teams won pretty easily week won but it won't be easy for the Cardinals this week when they travel to Brodhead. Marshall doesn't have the size on the line like BJ does. The will just run run run and run until they game is over. Marshall got out of the first round this year but it ends on Friday for them. Brodhead by 14

Poynette at Lancaster- Poynette has had a good and strong season so far but they got a bad draw in the bracket getting Lancaster second. Lancaster will get up early and will continue the dominance going into the next round. Lancaster with a running clock.

Waterloo at Cambridge- These two teams met twice in one year back in 2011 and Cambridge won when it really mattered in the second round. It's all going to come down to if Owens has a big game and if Cambridge can stop Gallitz and Lincks. I see Buss went off last week and is a candidate to win player of the week. If the Pirates get him going early they have a chance. But knowing that Owens had over 200 yards last time these teams met I don't like the odds of stopping him again. Bluejays win but it'll be a closer game then two weeks ago.
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ash22themagnificent
My picks:

Lodi
Brodhead-Juda
Lancaster
Cambridge
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thecrackerjack
Lodi
Brodhead-Juda
Lancaster
Cambridge
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