jess23
Top to bottom, this is the weakest D5 playoff field in a LONG time.  D6 is tougher this year.  Springs and LCL are the two elite teams, and unfortunately one is making it to Camp Randall. Kewanee raises some eyebrows but but their competition seems pretty weak. This years Springs team is one of the best they have ever had, right up with with the 2011, 2012, and 2014 teams. Nobody has come close to hurting them.  LCL could give them a tough game but don't think they have the weapons on offense to move the ball consistently.  SCC lost to Regis by multiple scores, Amherst is solid but not a powerhouse, CGB got shutout by Springs, Stanley Boyd is down, Stratford is consistenly solid but lost to Edgar last night. No Lancaster either.  
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nyybball
jess23 wrote:
Top to bottom, this is the weakest D5 playoff field in a LONG time.  D6 is tougher this year.  Springs and LCL are the two elite teams, and unfortunately one is making it to Camp Randall. Kewanee raises some eyebrows but but their competition seems pretty weak. This years Springs team is one of the best they have ever had, right up with with the 2011, 2012, and 2014 teams. Nobody has come close to hurting them.  LCL could give them a tough game but don't think they have the weapons on offense to move the ball consistently.  SCC lost to Regis by multiple scores, Amherst is solid but not a powerhouse, CGB got shutout by Springs, Stanley Boyd is down, Stratford is consistenly solid but lost to Edgar last night. No Lancaster either.  

I think you will see Springs over Spencer/Columbus Catholic in the state final.
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chetek84
I agree 100% with the weakest D5
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mickjagger
jess23 wrote:
Top to bottom, this is the weakest D5 playoff field in a LONG time.  D6 is tougher this year.  Springs and LCL are the two elite teams, and unfortunately one is making it to Camp Randall. Kewanee raises some eyebrows but but their competition seems pretty weak. This years Springs team is one of the best they have ever had, right up with with the 2011, 2012, and 2014 teams. Nobody has come close to hurting them.  LCL could give them a tough game but don't think they have the weapons on offense to move the ball consistently.  SCC lost to Regis by multiple scores, Amherst is solid but not a powerhouse, CGB got shutout by Springs, Stanley Boyd is down, Stratford is consistenly solid but lost to Edgar last night. No Lancaster either.  
PERSPECTIVE:
Spencer-Marshfield Columbus lost to Regis by 2 TD's.  Spencer-Columbus also defeated Stratford 27-7.

OPINION:
D-5 Fondy Springs is a better team than any team in D-6.
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traviswilson
I don't think D5 is as strong at the top as it was when Arcadia, Amherst, Stanley-Boyd, and Lancaster were elite for several years (throw CGB and a couple others in there too), but it may have better or at least equal overall depth. I think a lot of the strength of the division is concentrated a bit in Group D, where there are probably six teams that I could see making a run to at least Level 2 or 3 potentially. But, they all are in the same group as Springs. 
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db11
I don't think D5 is as strong at the top as it was when Arcadia, Amherst, Stanley-Boyd, and Lancaster were elite for several years (throw CGB and a couple others in there too), but it may have better or at least equal overall depth. I think a lot of the strength of the division is concentrated a bit in Group D, where there are probably six teams that I could see making a run to at least Level 2 or 3 potentially. But, they all are in the same group as Springs. 


I guess that is the real question. What do people mean when they say divisional depth?

Is it most teams capable of a state run in one division?

Is it four great teams all in different regions?

Is lack of depth partly due to one elite team and no real challenger?

I'm always intrigued by what this means. People are bringing up Lancaster dropping to D6 as hurting D5. I'm not sure they're not a L1 exit in D5 this year. Their results haven't been very Lancaster-like this year (or the last couple years, really).
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sam20
I dont see any of these D5 teams being able to stop or at least slow Redwine and Elk mound down. Its like tackling a speeding tank. You think HS kids want that? Altoona didn't even want to play him last week. They tried to forfeit a day before cause they didn't want their players getting hurt trying to bring him down. 
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dfnewburry
sam20 wrote:
I dont see any of these D5 teams being able to stop or at least slow Redwine and Elk mound down. Its like tackling a speeding tank. You think HS kids want that? Altoona didn't even want to play him last week. They tried to forfeit a day before cause they didn't want their players getting hurt trying to bring him down. 


Elk Mound will be gone by round 3 , SPCC and Bloomer are a notch above .








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nospotshooters
Enrollment finally caught up with Lancaster. If the SWC wasn't so top-heavy they might have missed the playoffs once in the past few years. They would be wise to protest the district plan and ask to be placed in the old SWAL II grouping, but I don't see Hoch doing that.
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dkelly28

Enrollment finally caught up with Lancaster. If the SWC wasn't so top-heavy they might have missed the playoffs once in the past few years. They would be wise to protest the district plan and ask to be placed in the old SWAL II grouping, but I don't see Hoch doing that.

In next year's SW Wisconsin Realignment, Lancaster does in fact move to the SWAL but then for 2020 they move back to the SWC.

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traviswilson
Enrollment finally caught up with Lancaster. If the SWC wasn't so top-heavy they might have missed the playoffs once in the past few years. They would be wise to protest the district plan and ask to be placed in the old SWAL II grouping, but I don't see Hoch doing that.

Hoch is the one that was in charge of assigning conferences in the WFCA 2020 plan.
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db11
sam20 wrote:
I dont see any of these D5 teams being able to stop or at least slow Redwine and Elk mound down. Its like tackling a speeding tank. You think HS kids want that? Altoona didn't even want to play him last week. They tried to forfeit a day before cause they didn't want their players getting hurt trying to bring him down. 


Not sure Altoona is the greatest example of an opponent to prove your mettle against...
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gstacy
Stanley-Boyd is next?
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thecrackerjack
Prediction:

LCL will give Springs all they can handle. I'll likely pick them as my D5 champ if I get enough time to fill out brackets this year.
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ggfalcon
Another case of the WIAA failing to place what most consider clearly the two best teams in the division (Springs and LCL) on opposite sides of the bracket for a potential state championship matchup. 2015 Arcadia/Amherst another perfect example. Barring injury, Springs or LCL may running clock whomever they face in the title game ... 
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