Each week during the high school football season, the Sports Express team will provide a list of match-ups to watch for, including our Game of the Week. Catch the highlights every Friday night on Sports Express during Newsline 9 at 10.
Green Bay Preble (#5) at Wausau West (#4) Thom Field – Friday, 7 p.m.
first home playoff game in Wausau West history and first postseason contest at Thom Field since 2007
Wausau West: 1-8 in the playoffs, 4-2 at home this season
winner faces (1) Hudson/(8) Eau Claire Memorial
D.C. Everest (#6) at Bay Port (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Rematch of last year's Level 1 playoff game (Bay Port won 17-14)
Mitchell Boals suffered an internal injury in last year's game. Returned this season as one of the best wide receivers in the conference with 21 receptions, averaging 12.7 yards per catch.
Winner faces (2) Appleton North/(7) SPASH
Stevens Point (#7) at Appleton North (#2) – Friday, 7 p.m.
SPASH sneaked into the playoffs despite a sub-.500 conference record after the Panthers' 35-0 win over Oshkosh West in the final week of the regular season.
Panthers: 10th playoff berth in past 11 seasons, reached Level 2 in 2012
7th meeting between SPASH and Appleton North since 2004. (Lightning leads 4-3)
Merrill (#8) at Ashwaubenon (#1) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Merrill finished second in the Great Northern conference with a 4-1 record.
Ashwaubenon is undefeated, looking for its first state title since 2005.
Winner faces (5) Menasha/ (4) Green Bay Southwest
Marshfield (#7) at Menomonie (#2) – UW-Stout – Friday, 7 p.m.
Marshfield finished third in the VFA South.
Fifth meeting between Tigers and Mustangs since 2006 (Marshfield leads 3-1)
Tigers' top rusher, Keiron Howlett, expected to play despite not practicing this week (ankle).
Antigo (#8) at Waupaca (#1) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Waupaca: 2012 Division 3 runner-up, undefeated heading into Friday's match-up.
Antigo: 4th in the Great Northern with a 3-3 conference record
winner faces (5) Seymour/(4) Medford Area
Seymour (#5) at Medford Area (#4) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Medford: Great Northern champions with 6-0 conference record
Curtis Peterson led the conference in receptions while QB Austin Salzgeber has 15 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Seymour: 3rd in Bay conference with 6-2 record.
Mosinee (#7) at West De Pere (#2) – Friday, 7 p.m.
West De Pere: 10th straight postseason appearance
Mosinee: 3rd in Great Northern, 4-2 conference record
winner faces (3) Appleton Xavier/(6) Notre Dame Academy
Northland Pines (#7) at Somerset (#2) – Friday, 7 p.m.
The Eagle-River based Eagles finished the regular season with a 6-3 record.
Somerset finished 2nd in the Middle Border with just one loss in conference play.
Montello/Princeton/Green Lake (#8) at Nekoosa (#1) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Nekoosa: earned top-seed 2nd time in school history
Papermakers on five-game winning streak and coming off fourth straight South Central title
M/P/GL: 3rd place in Trailways Large (4-2 in conference play), lost three of its last four games
Stratford (#5) at Marathon (#4) – Friday, 7 p.m. - GAME OF THE WEEK
Rematch between co-Marawood champs of an earlier conference match-up
Marathon won first meeting, 16-0, in Week 4. Earned share of conference title for first time since 1993
winner faces (1) Arcadia/(8) Durand
Colby (#6) at Amherst (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Rematch of last year's state semifinals that Amherst won 34-6 en route to its first state title
Matches up the last two Division 5 state champions
Both teams enter Friday night's game with just one loss.
Colfax (#8) at Edgar (#1) – Friday, 7 p.m.
The Wildcats did not play in Week 9 after Neillsville canceled its non-conference game with them
Edgar: co-champions of Marawood with 7-1 conference record
2012: Wildcats made trip to state semifinals before losing to Regis, 21-0.
Rosholt (#5) at Webster (#4) – Friday, 7 p.m.
match-up of conference champions
Rosholt: on a 7-0 winning streak, clinching an outright CWC-10 title along the way.
Webster: Lakeland North champions with 5-1 record
Regis (#6) at Athens (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Bluejays earned a share of the Cloverwood title in Week 9 with a 30-20 win over Owen-Withee
Regis: 2012 Division 6 state runner-up, fifth straight playoff appearance
winner faces (7) Spring Valley/(2) Hurley
Crandon (#6) at Iola-Scandinavia (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Iola-Scandinavia is coming off a loss to Amherst in Week 9, which dropped them to third in the CWC-8
QB Nick Wavruk (I-S): 1,948 yards of total offense, 26 touchdowns this season
Crandon: Third straight playoff appearance
Auburndale (#7) at Algoma (#2) – Southern Door HS – Friday, 7 p.m.
Apaches: Finished 5th in the Marawood with a 4-4 conference record
Auburndale wins big: averages a 41-point margin of victory in each of their four wins
Algoma: Olympian-Packerland Small champions, undefeated regular season for 1st time in school history.
Clear Lake (#5) at Greenwood/Granton (#4) – Friday, 7 p.m.
G2: finished 4th in the Cloverwood, with 6-3 record in conference play
Indians made it to Level 2 last year, before losing to Hilbert, 26-14
winner faces (1) Pepin/Alma or (8) Florence
Newman Catholic (#6) at Owen-Withee (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m
Newman: first playoff appearance since 2010
Rematch of Week 8 Cloverwood meeting (O-W won 21-6)
O-W: fell to three-seed after suffering first loss of the season to Athens in Week 9
Bangor (#5) at Pittsville (#4) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Pittsville: currently on a five-game winning streak, finished 3rd in Marawood
Panthers making 3rd straight postseason appearance (played in Division 6 last year, made it to Level 2)
Bangor: looking to stop a three-game losing streak
Hillsboro (#6) at Loyal (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m.
Loyal: finished 3rd in Cloverwood with 7-2 record
Hillsboro: 3-4 in conference play but 5-4 overall
winner faces (7) Blair-Taylor/(2) New Lisbon
Cambria-Friesland (#6) at Almond-Bancroft (#3) – Friday, 7 p.m.
A-B: playing postseason game at home for the first time since 2008, second time in 13 years
Eagles have won seven of their last eight games
C-F: on a four-game winning streak, lost to Almond-Bancroft, 54-22, in Week 3