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Sports Express - Week 9 Preview



Owen-Withee (8-0) at Athens (7-1), 7PM – GAME OF THE WEEK

 The top two teams in the Cloverwood collide in Athens, with the conference title on the line. Bluejays can clinch a share of the Cloverwood, Blackhawks look to win it outright.



Assumption (1-7) vs Newman Catholic (4-4), 7PM at Stiehm Stadium

Newman is looking for its first trip to the playoffs since 2010. A win and the Cardinals are in. Assumption's only win came against Thorp on Sept. 6. Royals are 0-4 on the road. Cardinals are led by Eric Bychinski in passing and rushing. Marcus Gabriel is his main target when throwing.


VFA North

Appleton East (3-5) vs. Wausau West (5-3), 7PM at Thom Field

West is looking to improve their seeding and host a playoff game for the first time in program history. Warriors clinched first playoff berth last week in Log Game win over East. Wausau West's Jake Whalen is tied for 2nd in the VFA North with 61 tackles.


VFA North

D.C. Everest (5-3) at Kimberly (8-0), 7PM at Papermaker Stadium

Everest clinched a playoff spot with a 38-30 win over Kaukauna in week 8. Evergreens feature conference's top rusher in Wyatt Brown, who has 730 yards to his name. Kimberly is the 2nd ranked school in the state's large division by the Associated Press. 


VFA South

Oshkosh West (2-6) vs SPASH (4-4), 8PM at Goerke Park

SPASH has a slim chance of making the playoffs, despite a losing conference record, but will need a win over Oshkosh West. Panthers suffered first loss in three games last week, falling to Marshfield, 31-10.


VFA South

Marshfield (6-2) vs. Oshkosh North (8-0), 7PM at UW-Oshkosh Titan Stadium

Tigers play for share of the VFA South against unbeaten Oshkosh North. This is the second straight year Marshfield plays final game with conference title on the line. Keiron Howlett had135 rushing yards, 12 carries before leaving last week's game with an ankle injury 



Stratford (7-1) at Auburndale (4-4), 7PM

The Apaches can still clinch a playoff spot and end the regular season with a winning conference record. Stratford looks to get a piece of the Marawood title with a win, sharing with Edgar and Marathon, should the Red Raiders defeat Chequamegon.



Phillips (0-8) at Pittsville (5-3), 7PM

Loggers are looking to avoid futility with an upset win over the Panthers. Pittsville can make the postseason with a win after defeating Auburndale last week by 30 points.



Rosholt (6-2) vs. Tigerton/Marion (4-4), 7PM at Marion High School

Hornets defeated Almond-Bancroft in week 8 for share of CW-10 title. A win over Tigerton/Marion gives conference title to Hornets outright. It would be the first back-to-back conference championship since 1991-1992.



Iola-Scandinavia (7-1) at Amherst (7-1), 7PM

This match-up is a battle for second place in the CWC-8 behind third-ranked Shiocton. Iola-Scan finished dead last in the conference last year and are in position to finish with a 8-1 record, six more wins than in 2012. Defending Division 5 state champs look to head into the playoffs on a winning note.



Weyauwega-Fremont (1-7) vs. Pacelli (2-6), 5PM at Goerke Park

Fighting Cardinals haven't won since Week 3 when they shut out Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 21-0. W-F is looking to end a three-game winning streak.



Colby (7-1) at Altoona (3-5), 7PM

Colby looks to clinch home-field advantage in the Level 1 playoffs with a win Altoona looking to clinch a spot in the postseason with a winning conference record.



Great Northern

Ashland (0-8) at Medford (6-2), 7PM

Medford can cement their status as Great Northern champions with a win over winless Ashland. Raiders' Chris Tomski leads the conference in rushing with 627 yards. Medford is coming off a close 14-10 win over Antigo in Week 8, when the Raiders trailed by 10 in the 4th quarter.

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