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whfan202
While it's fine that one thread for playoffs is okay, I probably would have done separate threads with the increased participation this year. JMO though, not that it means anything.

Platteville at Lodi - What killed Lodi last year was simply playing in D3. Although they were at home, they drew a TOUGH MHB team that drilled them 40 to 14. They are back down in D4 again, but I feel like they also got a really tough 5 seed in Platteville. Remember, this Hillmen squad is battle tested from last year's state final run. Lodi really hasn't played anyone that screams dominant except for MAYBE Cambridge. I'm going to let the Cap. homerism get to me and I'll take the Blue Devils, but if they lose, I will not be shocked.

Marshall at Brodhead/Juda - One of several solid D4 games in the Madison area, this Marshall team is still kind of an enigma. How much longer can they rely on Ty DeForest? No one besides him as emerged as a bona fide star like he has been. B/J has talent and size on defense, which means they can stay committed to trying to stop that option attack. If B/J takes one of his abilities away, Marshall will see their season end. I think that happens. B/J by 14.

Poynette at Lancaster - Don't get me wrong, Poynette is a solid group, and they did have a great season, and their record shows it. But Lancaster is at a whole other level right now, and they have been for years. They just flat out have better athletes, and better coaching. Them hanging 82 on O-F came as a minor surprise, but it shows how good they can be. Lancaster ends a very solid team's season in a running clock.

Waterloo at Cambridge - I sense a near repeat of the last time these teams met in Week 9, except that Waterloo might learn from their mistakes and make it a game. I still think that Cambridge's run game and size up front, along with Garlewski's abilities and intangibles as a year shine through.

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importfromil
Platteville at Lodi - Lodi has shown it can stop opposing run offenses, while Platteville allowed 244 yards on 53 carries to Clinton. These two teams have met 4 times in the past with the Hillmen taking the last 3. However, in all 4 matchups the home team has won; note where this game is at. Blue Devils by 17.

Marshall at Brodhead/Juda - The winner likely gets Lodi in the quarterfinals Level 3. Both teams can run, throw, and have put up displays on defense. With a common opponent in River Valley (B/J won 44-18 in the season opener, Marshall won 24-6 last week) there's a little something to compare to. I like Brodhead's overall depth to win out over Marshall's Ty DeForest - though would it really surprise anyone if he carried the visitors to a win here? This should be a fun game to watch; it'll also probably go a lot longer than Lodi/Platteville will. Brodhead/Juda by 11.

Poynette at Lancaster - the Pumas probably cost themselves a #1 seed with the loss to Lodi, and it results in this matchup. The Flying Arrows are 15-0 in the playoffs against teams currently in the Capitol Conference, and most of them haven't been particularly close. Three of those wins came against the Pumas, who will likely keep this closer than most of its conference brethren have in years past (partially courtesy of Lancaster's unimpressive defense) - but not close enough to keep the hosts from making it 16-0 against the Capitol schools. Flying Arrows by 25.

Waterloo at Cambridge - just two weeks ago, the Pirates got whacked 36-0 in Cambridge. Will it be that bad this time around? Probably not. Will Waterloo turn it around and pull the upset? Probably not ... unless Garlewski and Owens can't find their way to the high school. Bluejays by 14.
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badgerfan15
Well, most arguments have already been made, so I'll just put the picks.

Lodi
Brodhead/Juda
Lancaster
Cambridge.
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bcushing
changing my mind on the Marshall at BJ- I think Marshall's defense will stop their offense. They have faced this offense twice already being NGM and River Valley. So I think them knowing how the offense works they will be able to stop it. Marshall in a close game by 7.
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wihsfootball
Platteville by 21, they play in one of the toughest conferences in the state and they made state last year. Lodi won't ever do anything in the playoffs because they play a bunch of smaller schools.

Brodhead juda by 21

Lancaster by 45, having played against them before, they are hands down the best division 5 program in the state.

Waterloo at Cambridge, this great rivalry has had a lot of history in the playoffs dating back to 1988. It seems that the one team that wins the regular season game, loses in the playoffs. Cambridge in 1988, and waterloo in 2011. In 2011 Waterloo beat themselves with 3 missed field goals inside the 20 yard line, and jack knett got an early Christmas present interception. I think this game will be a close fought game, and it's no secret that cambridges offence is josh Owens. Waterloo will need to hold him under 200 yards to win. Waterloo needs steven buss to play like last week ,to win this game, Cambridge by a touchdown.
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importfromil
Week 11 (aka "Level 2") Results
Lodi 31, Platteville 6
Marshall 9, Brodhead/Juda 7
Lancaster 42, Poynette 14
Cambridge 33, Waterloo 20

Current postseason standings:
thecrackerjack: 8-2
whfan202: 8-2
bcushing: 8-2
badgerfan15: 7-3
importfromil: 7-3
ash22themagnificent: 6-4
amped0808: 3-3
wihsfootball: 5-5

I didn't see picks from amped0808, so he's struck from the postseason. Everyone got Lancaster and Cambridge; bcushing's late switch got him Marshall (the only one to do so). So, it looks like our quarterfinal Level 3 matchups are:

D4 - #1 Lodi (10-1) vs. #3 Marshall (10-1)
D5 - #1 Racine St. Catherine's (10-1) vs. #2 Cambridge (10-1)

I won't go do recaps for everyone, the only team that would need it is RSC - and I'll just say that in the postseason, they've shut out Howards Grove 28-0 and then Winnebago Lutheran 25-0.

This also means that we'll be picking at least one semifinal Level 4 game in D4. The winner of Lodi-Marshall gets the winner of Spencer/Columbus Catholic and Bloomer/Little Chute (who play Saturday afternoon). The winner of Racine St. Catherine's-Cambridge gets ... the winner of Arcadia-Lancaster.
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ash22themagnificent
My picks:

Lodi
Racine St. Catherine's
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whfan202
S/CC is playing Little Chute in Little Chute. Just so you know. Now, to the picks.

#1 Lodi vs. #3 Marshall - This is always one of those games I wish that could get played in crossover games at the end of the year based on standings, a la the Woodland. I think that both teams have had exceptional seasons and that both deserve L4, but that's the problem with being grouped together, haha. Lodi, coming off a surprisingly easy L2 win over Platteville, is hotter than ever and will get a third consecutive game at home. Marshall won a grinder in Brodhead, and really earned my respect last week. I'm going to go with Lodi, however. Remember, a good chunk of Lodi's staff has coached a Lodi team (might have been 2008) to Level 4..... when they got waxed by a certain dynasty out of Walworth County. These coaches know how to raise good football players, and a stout defense and effective and efficient offense, as well as playing off a home crowd..... will lead the Blue Devils to one game from state.

#1 Racine St. Catherine's vs. #2 Cambridge - I'm going to shake things up a bit and say that we see TWO teams from the Capitol head on to Level 4. Why Cambridge here? Ground and pound. It eats clock. Can't score if you aren't on the field. Long, turnover free drives win this one. Just a hunch.
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badgerfan15
Lodi seems too strong offensively and defensively. Blue Devils.

RSC will be able to contain Owens enough to get the win.
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thecrackerjack
Lodi
Cambridge

I'll take the better team over the best player in Lodi, and I like Cambridge. I don't think the MCC was as strong this year, and Cambridge has seen some high quality competition.
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importfromil
Both picks are subject to change, but right now ...

Lodi vs. Marshall - Put nicely: this could be a war. If Lodi's defense can do what it's done all year long (force turnovers, give the offense a short field to work with) then the hosts will advance ... but the more this game is played on all 100 yards of the field, the more this game tilts toward the visitors. Watch to see if DeForest throws early to stretch the defense and open up space for the run - and watch to see if the Blue Devils can get a couple turnovers to seize control early. Blue Devils by 14.

Racine St. Catherine's vs. Cambridge - I can't tell if the rosters here at wissports.net are complete or not, but by the looks of it RSC is young. Howards Grove and Winnebago Lutheran were easy; a battle-tested Cambridge won't be. Bluejays by 14.
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bcushing
Marshall at Lodi- Last week Marshall may have beat on of the best teams in division 4. Brodhead/Juda was one of the tougher teams in D4 and Marshall's defense took it to them. The only thing that struggled was the offense and they couldn't get much going the whole game. If Marshall get's the running game going early then they will be in control of the game. I think Lodi is a tough team but Marshall's defense is as good as I have ever seen it. Their linebackers are the heart and soul of the run game. Haefner, Deforest and Killerlain are very good this year and their secondary is very good in the pass game. If Marshall stops the run game they will win, they faced a team with a big oline last week and did very well against it. Marshall by 7

Cambridge at Racine St. Catherine- RSC hasn't played a tough team all year and Cambridge has played a pretty tough schedule. Owens has been running all over teams throughout the regular season and thus far in the post season. I think he will have a good game and the bluejay's qb will throw the ball well when needed. CTOWN by 7.
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wihsfootball
Lodi

Racine st. Catherine's
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bcushing wrote:
Marshall at Lodi- Last week Marshall may have beat on of the best teams in division 4. Brodhead/Juda was one of the tougher teams in D4 and Marshall's defense took it to them. The only thing that struggled was the offense and they couldn't get much going the whole game. If Marshall get's the running game going early then they will be in control of the game. I think Lodi is a tough team but Marshall's defense is as good as I have ever seen it. Their linebackers are the heart and soul of the run game. Haefner, Deforest and Killerlain are very good this year and their secondary is very good in the pass game. If Marshall stops the run game they will win, they faced a team with a big oline last week and did very well against it. Marshall by 7

Cambridge at Racine St. Catherine- RSC hasn't played a tough team all year and Cambridge has played a pretty tough schedule. Owens has been running all over teams throughout the regular season and thus far in the post season. I think he will have a good game and the bluejay's qb will throw the ball well when needed. CTOWN by 7.


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Quarterfinal Level 3 Results
Lodi 33, Marshall 19
Racine St. Catherine's 15, Cambridge 0

Current postseason standings:
thecrackerjack: 9-3
whfan202: 9-3
badgerfan15: 9-3
bcushing: 8-4
importfromil: 8-4
ash22themagnificent: 8-4
wihsfootball: 7-5


So, your one (1) game to select is:

D4 - #1 Lodi (11-1) vs. #3 Little Chute (10-2) -- at West Bend

If I had time, I'd do up a nice little thing to compare the two teams ... but I don't - so here's your cheat sheet on Little Chute.

[spoiler]Little Chute "Mustangs" - Eastern Wisconsin
d. Clintonville 42-6
d. Wrightstown 21-6
l. Xavier 44-28
d. Fox Valley Lutheran 28-6
d. Ripon 37-20
l. Freedom 27-20
d. Winneconne 32-6
d. Waupaca 42-7
d. Berlin 33-27

2014 Playoffs: d. #6 Omro 47-14; d. #2 Bloomer 35-8; d. #5 Spencer/Columbus Catholic 20-14 (OT)

Leading Passer: Sam Merryfield (191-297-2446, 22 TD, 5 INT, 107.7 rating)
Leading Rusher: Shane Schwaller (207-1056, 21 TD)
Leading Receiver: Scott Hietpas (67-1021, 11 TD)

Playoff History: 9-16 in 17 playoff appearances. This is Little Chute's 4th appearance in the state semifinals.
1977 - lost to Denmark 14-12 (Class B)
1980 - lost to Two Rivers 20-7 (Division 3)
1990 - lost to Columbus 10-8 (Division 4)

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