George Stacy
looking to see if there are any predictions for the upcoming football season?
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Taking a shot in the dark here, but I have a feeling G-E-T, Wautoma and Mauston will fight for the conference title with Nekoosa, Dells, A-F, BRF and Westfield taking up the rear.

It will be interesting to see how the Coulee teams far in their one-year foray in the South Central before returning to a revamped (though I'm not sure how much better) Coulee with a tough Middle Border crossover. - Follow me. Because we all need a bit of sports snark in our lives.

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George Stacy
Mauston played close to Tomah. Tomah is at brf tonight. brf hopefully will make a few adjustments move some people around and maybe, just maybe by the time they play Mauston, they will have things ironed out on both sides of the ball. but these next 2 weeks will be a huge learning curve for them. .500 is not out of the question if things go their way. Not sure if that means playoffs or not.
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After the first two games, I was quite unimpressed by the South Central teams in their non-conference schedules. My expectations weren't that high to begin with, but the conference as a whole did not do well.

Adams-Friendship: 0-2 - This is where I expected them to be. Lakeside Lutheran and Poynette are pretty good non-con teams to go up against, and it was pretty obvious that they would struggle in these games.

Black River Falls: 0-2 - Again, I predicted BRF would start 0-2, but I thought they would have at least closer finishes against Sparta and Tomah. BRF is still a question mark for me. They did return a lot of players from last season, including senior QB and team leader Elliot Bird, but they seem to have the same problems as the past couple seasons. This team has a chance as a playoff spot, but it is kind of an outside chance. 3-4 in conference is a realistic possibility, likely bringing them into tiebreakers for a postseason appearance.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau: 1-1 - *TLDR: G-E-T needs to clean up the little things on both sides of the ball if they want to look like the teams of two and three seasons ago.* I knew Baldwin-Woodville, a pretty decent team in the MBC, would be a test for them, but there were some serious problems I saw in that game and the previous game against West Salem that need to be fixed before this team can overcome their struggles from last season. On defense in particular, the tackling has been very poor. Part of that is how inexperienced the defense is this year as I remember a couple juniors played on C-team last season as sophomores due to low numbers in the then freshman class. For most of the game, B-W was running all over G-E-T after the RB was initially wrapped up by one guy at the line. At the beginning of the second half, G-E-T was finally making good tackles at the line, and good things happened as a result until they slipped back into lazy tackling. The Red Hawk's offense is quite promising, but it still needs to be cleaned up. What I love so much about this season is that Coach seems to be a lot more willing to pass the ball. It has worked quite will with the combination of two very fast "receivers" (really just wings that split out) who both qualified for state track and field and a new QB that is much better and much more accurate at passing. The main issue with the offense, however, is the inexperienced lineman. Only two starters return, but one of them is now at a different position in the line while the other didn't start until around week 4 last season. G-E-T's best lineman will not play this season due to something in his knee being torn. That puts three new juniors into starting roles; one of them was a tight end until this year, and the other two were just OK on JV. Once they clean up their blocking schemes and know how to read and communicate defensive fronts, this will be a very dangerous team. Right now it is the little things that are holding G-E-T back. It's just the beginning of the season, so there is plenty of time to get it down. Unfortunately there really aren't anymore good tests in their schedule before the playoffs.

Mauston: 0-2 - Tomah is a little better than I gave them credit for, but I'm still thinking Mauston should have won that match-up. Losing to Edgar with a running clock was expected. I haven't seen Mauston play this season except for a couple highlights against Tomah. From the very few plays that were shown, it looks like senior QB Cade Hall is pretty good and forms a nice duo with a crafty and athletic RB Kraig Armstrong. It will be interesting to see how they do now in the revamped South Central.

Nekoosa: 0-2 - As was expected, Nekoosa lost against some very good teams in River Valley and Somerset. It's so weird seeing this program down after making it to level 3 in each season from 2010-2013. Since then, they have been struggling to even make it into the playoffs let alone getting past level 1. I don't see any long-term success coming soon for the Papermakers, and I don't see them making the post season this year.

Wautoma: 0-2 - Similarly to Mauston and Tomah, I definitely didn't think Laconia would be as good as they are. That being said, it was a game Wautoma should have played much better in. Losing at Berlin was no surprise. Coming into the season I thought Wautoma would likely be fighting for the top spot in the conference, but after getting shut out twice by large margins, I'm not sure what to think.

Westfield Area: 0-2 - Ah, Westfield. Isn't it odd how in 2013 Nekoosa and Westfield were the best teams in the conference and Mauston was at the bottom? Now it's almost the opposite...

Wisconsin Dells: 1-1 - One of two teams in the South Central to actually manage a win. While it was against Richland Center, a win is still a win. Lodi is a tough opponent, so I wasn't expecting much from them there. This is one of the most improved teams in the conference, and their ceiling is as high as a top-2 conference finish. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Dells at 2nd or 4th after the season is complete, though a playoff appearance is a likely possibility.

G-E-T - 8-1 (7-0)
Mauston - 6-3 (6-1)
Wisconsin Dells - 6-3 (5-2)
Wautoma - 4-5 (4-3)
Black River Falls - 3-6 (3-4)
Nekoosa - 2-7 (2-5)
Adams-Friendship - 1-8 (1-6)
Westfield - 0-9 (0-7)

Unfortunately for Black River Falls, they do not have a good tiebreaker situation if my projections for the rest of the state are accurate. Defeated conference opponents have a conference win percentage of 0.107, which is tied for last in that tiebreaker. I don't have them or any team beating their respective conference champion. BRF's win percentage against playoff teams is 0, and the overall win percentage of defeated conference opponents is 0.111, which is tied for last. The overall win percentage of all defeated opponents is the same, which is, again, tied for last. Finally, their overall win percentage is 0.333, which is tied for last. This is as far as I needed to go to fill the playoff spots, and the next one would involve first half points allowed/first half points earned, which I can't possibly know and don't care to predict.
Woah, it's been awhile

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It's now just past week four, and each team has played two conference games. The conference is starting to take shape almost midway through the 2019 season.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 3-1 (2-0)
Mauston 2-2 (2-0)
Wautoma 2-2 (2-0)
Nekoosa 2-2 (2-0)
Wisconsin Dells 1-3 (0-2)
Adams-Friendship 0-4 (0-2)
Black River Falls 0-4 (0-2)
Westfield 0-4 (0-2)

Adams-Friendship: 0-4 (0-2) - It's no surprise Adams-Friendship is sitting at 0-4. Their last loss to Nekoosa could have gone either way, and they lost in a very close fight. Realistically there are really only one or two winnable games for A-F remaining on their schedule. They were able to make the playoffs last season, but this season they will be lucky to have more than one conference win. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to watch this team play yet. I couldn't tell you their schemes and play style this season, but last season I remember they were more of a spread offense and loved to pass a lot. If the stats uploaded are correct, it seems they are more of a run-first/balanced offense now.

Black River Falls: 0-4 (0-2) - I really don't know what to think about the South Central this year especially after BRF's loss to Mauston. I knew Mauston and the South Central as a whole would be pretty weak, but I didn't expect BRF to only lose 7-0 at Mauston. I think it is a little too early in conference play to tell what this game means for BRF, but if Mauston is looking at a top 2 or 3 finish in the conference, BRF could be just a step behind them. Going 0-4 is always tough, but looking at the rest of their schedule, every game is a winnable one for them assuming they play like they did at Mauston.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau: 3-1 (2-0) - It was obvious the Red Hawks were a little rusty for the opening two games, but I don't think I gave Baldwin-Woodville enough credit this season. I figured New Richmond would be battling a MBC title with St. Croix Central. B-W beating New Richmond certainly puts the Blackhawks in there for a chance at the MBC crown... but this isn't a MBC thread, so back to G-E-T. G-E-T and BRF coaches agreed to a running clock in the second quarter for a blow-out G-E-T win, though I wasn't able to attend the game so I don't know how either team looked. Hosting Wisconsin Dells was something I was a little worried about. The Dells seemed to have improved greatly, and they didn't let Lodi get too carried away in a 26-point loss. The Red Hawks were on the gas from start to finish and looked very impressive. The offensive line was on point, and the dynamic duo of wing backs Bryce Burns and Luke Vance took over with almost 200 yards and 3 TDs each for a massive 68-13 win. After Wautoma's and Mauston's close wins over the Dells and BRF respectively, I don't think anyone can touch G-E-T.

Mauston: 2-2 (2-0) - This is another team that I haven't been able to watch yet, but I will be able to when they travel to Galesville to take on G-E-T on Friday. Looking at some player stats, it seems like Mauston has some pretty good weapons including a nice duo of QB Cade Hall and receiver Jack Leuhman to go with two solid running backs. I remember hearing that both teams struggled with turnovers when in scoring position in their 7-0 win over BRF, so if they clean some things up, they should be a pretty good team. I don't think they will be able to top G-E-T, but their final four games should be wins with what will likely be a competitive game against Wautoma in week 8. A playoff appearance will be no problem for the Golden Eagles.

Nekoosa: 2-2 (2-0) - Nekoosa earned a hard-fought win over Adams-Friendship after an  8-point win over Westfield. These are the two easiest games of the season, and they were able to come away winning both. Unfortunately for the Papermakers, I don't think they can win any more games this season. They should be at least somewhat competitive against BRF and Wisconsin Dells, but other than that I don't see any success left for Nekoosa this season.

Wautoma: 2-2 (2-0) - I was quite unimpressed by Wautoma's opening two games, and the disappointment has continued. I thought Wisconsin Dells was better than they are, so the 7-0 win didn't look as bad at first. They should have blown Westfield out of the water rather than a 21-8 win. I don't see them being competitive with G-E-T, but the rest of their schedule is winnable with an interesting game against Mauston later on. I don't imagine they miss the playoffs.

Westfield: 0-4 (0-2) - I'm not surprised seeing Westfield at 0-4, but they had some games that were closer than I had thought they would have been. Aside from G-E-T, the South Central is pretty close in skill, so there is a possibility that Westfield does get a win or two. It seems their only good chance is against Nekoosa.

Wisconsin Dells: 1-3 (0-2) - I thought that Wisconsin Dells would G-E-T a little more of a fight after a close loss to Wautoma, but it really wasn't close. I attended the game at G-E-T on Friday. While I wasn't impressed by them as a whole, they did show some promise. Returning all-conference selection Brett Hirst is quite the talented player. He can catch, and he is pretty fast especially as the returner on special teams. Hirst even ran a kick off back for a TD. That being said, the lineman at Wisconsin Dells aren't very big, so the Dells struggled to get plays going downfield. The rest of their schedule is very winnable, but it is also possible they lose some.

1. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau - 8-1 (7-0)
2. Wautoma - 6-3 (6-1)
3. Mauston - 5-4 (5-2)
4. Wisconsin Dells - 5-4 (4-3)
5. Black River Falls - 3-6 (3-4)
6. Nekoosa - 2-7 (2-5)
7. Adams-Friendship - 1-8 (1-6)
8. Westfield - 0-9 (0-7)

I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a lot more chaotic based on how close these teams are in terms of skill and talent.
Woah, it's been awhile

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