The prep football regular season comes to an end on Friday night, and some area teams still have plenty to play for. Lodi is playing to earn a share of the Capitol North Conference title, while Cambria-Friesland and Pardeeville are likely playing in must-win games if they want to continue playing into the postseason.
Here is a closer look at the area’s Week 9 games:
Lakeside Lutheran (4-0, 7-1) vs. Lodi (3-1, 7-1), at Waunakee
Due to wet and deteriorating field conditions in Lodi, this game was moved to the turf field at Waunakee High School. Lodi suffered its first loss of the season last week, losing to Lake Mills 25-14, but can still earn a share of the Capitol North Conference championship with a win over Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran on Friday night. In last week’s loss, which ended a 21-game winning streak for the defending WIAA Division 4 state champions, the Blue Devils committed five turnovers. The Lodi defense gave up 307 yards of offense to Lake Mills last week. Prior to that, the previous high for yards given up by the Blue Devils was 205 yards to Saint Viator (Ill.) in Week 3. Lakeside Lutheran clinched at least a share of the Capitol North Conference title with a 49-7 win over Poynette last week. In the win over Poynette, Lakeside Lutheran rushed for 289 yards and six touchdodwns, while holding Poynette to just 47 yards rushing.
Columbus (0-4, 1-7) at Poynette (0-4, 4-4)
After winning four straight non-conference games to open the season, Poynette has now lost four straight after falling to Lakeside Lutheran last week. Poynette’s lone score in last week’s 49-7 loss was a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jackson Elsing to junior running back Brayden O’Connor with 7 seconds left in the first half. Poynette senior defensive tackle Skyler See had a season-high 13 tackles last week, giving him a team-high 61 tackles on the season. See also leads Poynette in sacks with 6½. Columbus took a 14-7 lead to the fourth quarter last week against Watertown Luther Prep, but saw the Phoenix kick a 22-yard field goal in the closing seconds, handing the Cardinals a 17-14 loss. It was the second straight week Columbus ended up losing on late field goal, as the previous week Lodi beat Columbus 10-8 on 33-yard field goal with 4:50 left in the game.
Wautoma (3-1, 5-3) at Westfield (0-4, 0-8)
Westfield was shut out for the third straight game and fourth time overall in last week’s 35-0 loss to Adams-Friendship. In the loss, quarterback Trevor Gray completed 11 of 33 passes for 79 yards and three interceptions. Gray’s top targets were junior receiver Kade Kangas, who had three catches for 17 yards, and sophomore receiver Brady Holly, who had two catches for 18 yards. Wautoma became playoff-eligible with last week’s 33-20 win over Wisconsin Dells. In the win, senior running back Matthew Kroll had 179 yards and three scores on 23 carries, giving him 1,064 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on the season. Wautoma could get a second 1,000-yard rusher on Friday, as senior quarterback Ryan Lois currently has 967 yards on 98 carries.
Markesan (4-1, 6-2) at Pardeeville (2-3, 4-4)
Pardeeville was shut out for the second straight week after losing to Horicon/Hustisford 41-0 last week. Both teams have plenty to play for, as Markesan has an outside shot at winning a share of the Trailways Large Conference with a win, while Pardeeville needs one more win to become playoff-eligible. In last week’s loss to Horicon/Hustisford, Pardeeville quarterbacks were sacked seven times. Since scoring 26 points in a Week 3 win over Orfordville Parkview, Pardeeville has scored only 20 points in its last five games. That could be a matchup that favors Markesan on Friday, as the Hornets have given up 8 points or less five times this season. Markesan is led by senior running back Tyler Lawson, who rushed for 129 yards in last week’s win over Rosholt, giving him 622 yards on the season.
Randolph (3-3, 4-4) at Cambria-Friesland (3-3, 3-5)
The winner of this game will be headed to the playoffs, while the loser will likely be staying home when the postseason begins the following week. Cambria-Friesland nearly punched its playoff ticket last week. The Hilltoppers led Fall River 20-17 entering the fourth quarter, only to see the Pirates rally to take the lead on a 3-yard run by Luke Figol with 7:57 remaining on their way to a 24-20 victory. Cambria-Friesland junior running back Max Raymond rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss, giving him a team-high 672 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Randolph ended a three-game losing streak with a 53-8 win over Beaver Dam Wayland last week. In the win, sophomore quarterback Brayden Haffele completed 7 of 11 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. His top target was senior receiver Sawyer Westra, who hauled in four passes for 101 yards and also caught both of Haffele’s touchdown passes.
Fall River (5-1, 7-1) at Rio (2-4, 3-5)
Rio enters this game riding a two-game winning streak. In Rio’s three wins this season, it has scored 60 points or more, including last week’s 60-18 win over Deerfield. The Vikings are led by junior running back Teagan Prochnow, who rushed for 116 yards last week, giving him 1,607 rushing yards on the season. Junior running back Nick Larson had a season-high 170 yards rushing last week for Rio, giving him 642 yards on the ground this season. Rio will be trying to play spoiler against the rival Pirates on Friday, as Fall River would earn a share of the Trailways Small Conference title with a win over the Vikings. In last week’s win over Cambria-Friesland, Fall River quarterback Luke Figol completed 12 of 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. His 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was also the winning score.
Palmyra-Eagle (3-2, 5-2) vs. Montello co-op (0-4, 1-6), at Princeton
The Montello/Princeton/Green Lake rushing game came to life in last week’s 38-19 loss to Juneau Dodgeland, as the Phoenix rushed for 225 yards as a team. Leading the ground game was senior Drew Torres, who had 90 yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Senior receiver Brad Myers continued to show his big-play ability, as he had two receptions for 55 yards in the loss to the Trojans. Montello/Princeton/Green Lake is looking to end a five-game losing streak. Palmyra-Eagle became playoff eligible with last week’s 48-14 win over Orfordville Parkview. In that game, Palmyra-Eagle junior quarterback Brandon Wilde completed 21 of 32 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns. Wilde’s go-to receiver was senior Morgan Carpenter, who had four catches for 126 and two touchdowns in the win.