Greenfield at Milwaukee Lutheran - Greenfield over Milwaukee Lutheran. Greenfield should win this game but they should win a lot more games too. They had the talent to win the east div. last year but they didn’t and ended up at 5-6 somehow. Joe Koch isn’t walking through that door.
Lutheran won this game in a rout last year and had 457 total yards. Their qb had a 153.7 qb rating in the game. Lutheran doesn’t have that kind of production at qb this year but teams seem to find a way to move the ball against Greenfield in the air and on the ground. Greenfield’s D looks real similar to the D played at WAC in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. They aren’t well schooled in the secondary and lack gap integrity up front. Lutheran isn’t as productive on O as they were last year, however.
It’s Greenfield’s to lose. The east is up for grabs and this is an opportunity for Greenfield. Greenfield is a couple plays away from being 0-4. Is Jim Morrison singing, “This is the End?"
Brown Deer at Whitnall - Brown Deer is bad grabs
South Milwaukee at Shorewood/Messmer - SM can smell the east title
Pewaukee at West Allis Central - A much needed opponent for Pewaukee
New Berlin Eisenhower at New Berlin West - I will take IKE this week. I haven’t gone against them much at all in recent years until last week. They were out gained badly but found a way to win. They play defense and stay in character on offense with an inexperienced group for the most part.
This game is sexier than we would have guessed in the preseason. NBW has not played anyone of note but has done their job. I think NBW will have tough sledding on O. Sean Crowley is a former detective but won’t need those skills to sniff out a 1 dimensional attack from NBW. NBW won’t be able to run with consistent success and I don’t think they can make plays in the air. IKE’s O is heavily committed to the run regardless of the outcome. Jim Crowley is a high ranking banking exec and will not be pressured into tossing the ball around simply for the sake of doing so. A wrinkle or two would not surprise this week though as Jim Crowley is more than just Burt Reynolds handsome. Kern was the coach of the week in WI and is another Madison Ave. type guy.
Spock will get plenty of carries as usual. Shields will need to be Jim Thorpe to some degree. Mark Shields had a pet rock.....He named it Earth.
Rivalry games mean the world to schools and there have been some fun ones between these 2 teams. I think back to 1989 when IKE had an absolutely loaded team and traveled to the old swamp at NBW. QB Jeff Pintar of NBW outplayed Matt Pierce and NBW pulled off a massive upset. Pierce threw several pics and many more near pics in addition to taking some unneeded sacks. NBW coach Doug Lange changed his defense for that game and told his team that they were going to dare IKE to throw the ball. Granger took the bait and IKE went home with the loss. I heard the Homecoming King for IKE the next year was a cross country runner instead of a football player. Granger overhauled the offense after the loss to NBW. IKE actually won a playoff game against WAC in 1989 with only 1 completion from Pierce as IKE was going to live on the ground. The power backfield of Dobner, White and Schopf was a safer way to live. Turn up the volume and enjoy a couple minutes of grainy video from a fun era:
Wisconsin Lutheran at Greendale - GD wins easy. We all know that a win over Wisco isn’t worth anything these days. GD was unable to beat Wisco when they mattered. GD will be fine until playoffs even if they are sulking about a weak showing against IKE.
You can’t turn the ball over 5 times and win against a stingy D. Stoltz will have to buy a ticket if he wants to go to the Woodland Conference Championship game. Do they get a rematch with IKE? Let’s see what division they end up in and how the draw looks. GD made the road more difficult for themselves. They are best as a frontrunner. When games get tight they don’t finish well. Maybe they should go to finishing school.
Cudahy at Pius XI - Fryer versus Michalowski should be a good one.
Game of Note
Ashland at Merrill - Give me Ashland, I lam fan of the Apostle islands.