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Consolidating the final week of pick 'ems into the two boards with the most participation.

Friday 11/9

Catholic Memorial vs. New Berlin Eisenhower
Marquette vs. Muskego
Marshfield vs. Homestead
Waunakee vs. Brookfield Central
Lakeside Lutheran vs. Racine St. Catherine's
Lake Country Lutheran vs. St. Mary's Springs
Lancaster vs. Racine Lutheran
Bangor vs. Black Hawk
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Friday 11/9

Catholic Memorial vs. New Berlin Eisenhower - CMH is on some kind of roll. They basically sleepwalked through that Level 3 game last week and still weren't even challenged. People forget they missed 2-3 golden chances to Fox deep downfield against IKE last year that would have swung that game. Fox is now at QB and is not missing those throws. IKE is not as strong offensively this year but is still facing a lot of the same CMH guys who may the sledding tough last year. IKE will probably keep this closer than they should, but I struggle to see any other result than another trip to Camp Randall for the Bill Young Football Company.

Marquette vs. Muskego - Marquette spent years stopping Krause's Wing-T with varying degrees of success...in the end they almost always (bar 1999) won anyway. This is the best team Krause is bringing to this matchup, and while Marquette has been real good this year, Muskego has been that much better, and in a league that required you to bring it every week. Also looked like MUHS had to go back to passing to get it done last week? Doesn't bode well against a team that just flat-out stonewalled Franklin's offense a week ago.

Marshfield vs. Homestead - Homestead presents a far different look for Marshfield than Pulaski's one-man show did last week. The Highlanders have nary been pushed all year and I can't see it happening here. Nice resurgent season for the Tigers though.

Waunakee vs. Brookfield Central - They're not calling it a revenge game...but you know it is. Waunakee'll be game, but I think push comes to shove BC is the better team here, certainly more dynamic anyway...they probably were last year to when you think about it. If the Lancers protect the ball, they should win comfortably.

Lakeside Lutheran vs. Racine St. Catherine's - I think this one might be an absolute barnburner. Not sure I see either team stopping the other that much. Instant classic? Last with the ball wins? Perhaps. All I know is we have two senior-dominated teams hungry for their turn to go to Madison to come up. Should be fun.

Lake Country Lutheran vs. St. Mary's Springs - It may seem odd to pick against Springs, but a combination of injuries and playing up a division has somewhat muted Springs' dominance this post-season. At least one radio guy has described their play as having been in a bit of a funk since Schueffner's passing. LCL is about as dynamic as it gets offensively in D5, combine that with a team hungry to finish what they started last year and it may spell a shock loss for the Ledgers if the Lightning can avoid giving up the big plays on defense.

Lancaster vs. Racine Lutheran - There's no doubt Lancaster will be well-prepared for Racine Lutheran. Truth is though, Lancaster took advantage of dropping down to D6 as this isn't one of the Flying Arrows better sides (in fairness, they do have stiff competition with all those gold and silver balls). They're also a bit on the young side...and I can guarantee they haven't seen a back like Tenner either. Should be plenty of scoring in this one, but there's no slowing down the Crusaders.

P.S. To answer the question as to why Park and Case continue to struggle? Well, look at the D4 and D6 semifinals. Therein lies a sizable part of it.

Bangor vs. Black Hawk - Bangor was pretty well-handled by a team that went down to Black Hawk twice. All I got to go on.
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sonsofdonbosco
Big weekend for the Catholic Conference. I'm taking Memorial, Marquette and St. Cat's to go 3 - 0 (which probably spells their collective doom) and a win for Springs to round out the biggest year for WISAA football since it ceased to exist. And even Racine Lutheran?! Damn.

Catholic Memorial vs. New Berlin Eisenhower - Ike has their own WISAA guys on staff but I don't think that'll be enough. Memorial has been bigger, faster and more physical than the Classic 8 this year (excepting that one-point loss to Muskego) so you have to believe the same will be true against Ike. Ike's defense might keep it close for a while, but the last time Memorial had a Fox playing QB they won a state title. The delta between Ike's defense and the Crusader offense might turn out to be slim, but the difference between the CMH defense and Ike's workmanlike offense is a whole lot bigger. This will be a well-played game but this year, the Crusaders put the Woodland back in its place.


Marquette vs. Muskego - I have not seen Muskego all year. It could be that they're so big, strong and fast that they can dictate the game on both sides of the ball-- but that didn't happen against Memorial, which is why I don't think it happens against MUHS. Marquette has so many ways they can hurt you. On offense, they run four guys out there who regularly beat one-on-one coverage-- including not one but two big tight ends-- PLUS a complete back in DBW who is both a grinder and a home run threat. Defenses can't take everyone away, and MUHS is really good at finding the guy you didn't account for. I wouldn't say they couldn't run against Horlick, I'd say they barely needed to. Every pass seemed to be going for a big gain. They will stretch Muskego in ways the Warriors haven't been stretched all year, while Marquette's come out ahead against offenses that may not be Wing-T but heavily feature similar misdirection, pulling and ball fakes (BC, Hamilton, Horlick). Bottom line... I see more reasons to pick the Hilltoppers.

Marshfield vs. Homestead - Glad to see any of the old powers from Up North still doing well, but this looks to be a tough one for Marshfield. That said... I'm not sure Homestead's really beaten anyone. Their last win was against a conference foe they'd already beaten on. Their margin of victory tells me they're pretty darn good, but this is really their first step into a larger world. If they're going to stumble, it happens in the first half against Marshfield.

Waunakee vs. Brookfield Central - Which side does the chain gang stand on in a neutral-site game? How does the WIAA staff those positions? Are they provided by the "home" team and stand on the "away" side? 

Lakeside Lutheran vs. Racine St. Catherine's - Continuing the 20 Questions theme of the BC game, how much of Lakeside's success has Denoyer's stamp on it? Does he take any sort of active role in their football success, or just sit back and play the Barry Alvarez role? Only thing I know for sure is that the Angels' team speed is going to shock these guys early. How Lutheran adjusts (or not) will determine this game. Coach Miller has his eyes on the prize he last tasted with Park in the Moss/Dawkins years, and he's got all of Raytown behind him. 

Lake Country Lutheran vs. St. Mary's Springs - Springs always played up to Class A in the WISAA years and won more often than not. Jumping up to Division 5 shouldn't faze them. LCL surely wants this one, but they also have that nagging knowledge in the back of their head that they just can't get over the hump against these guys-- and that mental hurdle is tough to top. Gimme the Ledgers... even though I still don't know what a Ledger is.

Lancaster vs. Racine Lutheran - They're not Catholic, but I guess being Lutheran is close enough for a pick this week. The services follow pretty much the same order, anyhow.  DB raises a good point about Park... in the old days all this talent would have been there.  Isn't Lutheran's coach Miller's former lieutenant from St. Cat's? There's some good football being played in Raytown right now.  I'll take the Purple Lutherans.
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melkamania
Friday 11/9

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


 
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Catholic Memorial vs. New Berlin Eisenhower - Hoping that 'spach is alright....live long and prosper dude, and hope to see him out there Friday. That said, I see this as the end of the road for Ike; CMH should have this, but will have to work for the points.

Marquette vs. Muskego - Many have billed this as the fight for the silver ball. Well, okay...I'm saying it's for the silver ball. Going for Muskego if only because this MU squad *did* struggle with G-town.

Marshfield vs. Homestead
Waunakee vs. Brookfield Central
Lakeside Lutheran vs. Racine St. Catherine's .
Lake Country Lutheran vs. St. Mary's Springs - I'm picking LCL because it's within walking distance of my buddy's house.
Lancaster vs. Racine Lutheran
Bangor vs. Black Hawk

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