Spending a couple days in Ecuador before I head to Galapagos. Said I will miss this weeks Ike game. Don't have best internet right now, but here we go.
Catholic Memorial vs. New Berlin Eisenhower - I’m going to go with IKE in a throwback, fist fight type of a game. I realize others might go the other direction and that’s ok as I’m used to taking the road less traveled. IKE has been very good for my winning percentage while Greenfield has crippled me. I believe sonsofdonbosco has made the opposite reference this season or maybe last season. IKE will need a special teams or defensive td to make this happen. My prediction could be swayed based on big health concerns for both teams. As of now, I’m counting on everyone playing. I’m putting out my weekly rambling a little early because of obligations I have this week. I’m sorry I have to be so vague, but I can’t blow my cover. Although, I hope my passport isn’t flagged because of things which I’ve written on message boards.
IKE took care of business last week and left little doubt of who is in charge of the Woodland. Hey Greendale - IKE is the boss of you. Times have changed. Greendale wanted the rematch and did nothing with the opportunity. It was a ragged showing by Greendale and that’s the type of game they had too many times this year even in victories. IKE played smarter and more physical. The body language said it all. IKE has a togetherness and a camaraderie that I didn’t see on the other side of the field. The positive energy shows with IKE. It’s got to be a long offseason for GD after a loss like that, a real long offseason. Greendale will have to carry that around with them and there’s nothing they can do about it for a long time. Some of their kids will never get another crack at IKE and never beat them. I mean that has to sting. I would have gut rot until I avenged the loss. I’m not suggesting that Greendale is going to fall of the face of the earth the way Cudahy did after their run years ago, but something is off and communities change.
IKE and CMH have both cruised in the playoffs. I thought that the Classic 8 wasn’t up to it’s usual high standards this year. Obviously, the Woodland isn’t going to be in the same universe as the Classic 8 even when the Classic 8 has a down year. While Muskego and CMH would be very legit in any league, the quality depth of the Classic 8 in the middle of the league this year is so many levels above the Woodland as schools with larger enrollments and several Lake Country communities should be. IKE’s win over CMH last year planted the seed that future victories aren’t impossible. CMH had some limitations on offense last year and IKE’s strong defense exposed them. CMH played great defense last year and is playing pretty good defense this year. CMH has improved at quarterback, the downside for them was they lost a good WR to do so. CMH hasn’t had that dominant offensive line the last few years. Some of their title teams really steamrolled people up front. IKE is playing real strong defense again this year. I realize facing Pius is not the same as facing Muskego, but IKE earned their stripes with some meaningful playoff wins last year. IKE’s offense is not full of gifted track athletes this season, however they still find the end zone.
Both teams have good special teams units. Jake Belongia sparked IKE last year with a return.
Gabe Seifert (a sophomore) has shown a lot of improvement during the season. His numbers are real good and I think IKE is going to have a nice dual threat at qb the next 2 years. Let’s go inside the numbers a bit:
Seifert is 69 of 122 with 12 td’s and only 2 pics and a rating of 108.6. IKE gave the nod to a sophomore (Matt P. Pierce, the middle initial really doesn’t stand for pic!) back in my era and his numbers don’t even approach what Seifert has done. For his entire career, Pierce threw 21 td’s with 19 pics while completing less than half of his passes and I won’t even tell you the qb rating. He too, had a great defense along with a fleet of talented WR’s and the great Dan Dobner at RB. Frank Granger essentially neutered Pierce in the playoff run in 89’ by taking the ball out of his hands. His playoff numbers in 89’ were the following:
3-9, 39 yards, 0 pics, 0 tds in a rout over West Allis Hale.
3-6, 29 yards, 1 pic, 0 tds in a 13-7 win over West Alls Central.
1-2, 11 yards, 0 pics, 0 tds in a 23-8 win over Monroe.
6-15, 118 yards 2 pics, 1 td in a blowout loss to Marinette 43-19. The td was late 4th quarter against reserves.
Pierce and I played football together in the adult rec league and the numbers were similar. Excuse me, I got off track there for a bit. The message would be that Seifert has a nice future. I will throw it in that Seifert will face a defense Friday that is better than anything Pierce had to face. Bill Young would salivate about what he could have done against Pierce. I may have been sidetracked again, but that is neither here or there.
Ozzy Osbourne bites the heads off of bats. Mark Shields bites the heads off of Siberian Tigers. Shields will need to play real well for IKE to have success and be part of the crazy train.
I’d like the opportunity to say a few words and make a prediction for next week about a game at Camp Randall, we will see. I have learned that IKE and Greenfield will play each other next season. I look forward to that. Kern has made the complete blueprint for how to run a program. Other staffs should take notes. I’m working on having Kern throw out the first pitch for opening day at Miller Park next season or maybe do the coin toss at the Super Bowl.
That’s the news and I’m out of here.
Marquette vs. Muskego - This MUHS team is better then the 2009 team
Marshfield vs. Homestead - Homestead is on a roll
Waunakee vs. Brookfield Central - Jed gets revenge
Lakeside Lutheran vs. Racine St. Catherine's
Lake Country Lutheran vs. St. Mary's Springs
Lancaster vs. Racine Lutheran
Bangor vs. Black Hawk