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Schools with 450 + enrollment
Last Week:  16 - 7 win @ Superior
The Raiders maintained their one game lead in the Big Rivers with a conservative 16-7 win at Superior. QB Keyser Helterbrand wasn't as effective through the air as in previous weeks but his legs were working just fine. The senior QB rushed 31 times for 183 yards to lead Hudson to the win. Rivalry week for the Raiders as they play host to a hungry Menomonie squad that needs the win to keep from dropping out of the Big Rivers title chase.
Next Game: vs. Menomonie (4-1)
River Falls
Last Week:  61 - 44 win @ Rice Lake
The Wildcats have now shown that they can win with defense, 25-18 against Menomonie, and win with a whole lot of offense, 61-44 over Rice Lake. The passing of QB Logan Graetz and running of Seth Kohel has River Falls playing at a level that is completely new to Wildcat fans. Don't overlook speedy wide receiver Jarrod Creen, who has 30 catches for 546 yards and 8 TDs already this year.
Next Game: vs. Eau Claire Memorial (2-3)
Last Week:  42 - 0 win vs. Eau Claire North
The Mustangs put it in high gear to start the game off against North, easing to a 42 point lead in the first half and shutting things down thereafter. Menomonie has had its share of troubles with Hudson over the last decade but beat them 36-24 last season to hand the Raiders their only conference loss on their way to winning the conference championship. Now the Mustangs need to match last season's effort to get back into the title hunt. Can't overlook what a win like this also means to playoff seeding.
Next Game: @ Hudson (5-0)
Rice Lake
Last Week:  44 - 61 loss vs. River Falls
Just another typical year in the Big Rivers for Rice Lake. The defending D3 state champs may be just as capable as the 2017 team but every week is a grind for the Warriors. In the past, River Falls has been a win they could count on but last Friday, River Falls showed why they might be in the mix to go to Madison this year. Rice Lake now needs to come up with 2 more conference wins to ensure a spot in the playoffs. The Warriors should notch win number 3 against EC North this week.
Next Game: @ Eau Claire North (0-5)
Chippewa Falls
Last Week:  67 - 65 (2OT) win @ Eau Claire Memorial
The Cardinals played a wild one last Friday, taking two overtimes to finally pull out a victory over Memorial. A TD pass and two point conversion with 45 seconds left in regulation completed an amazing comeback to tie things up at 51. Chi Hi trailed by 24 points in the second half but fought their way back in overtime to win 67-65 and get back in the Big Rivers race. It will be tough for the Cards to get wins against River Falls and Hudson but a 5-4 season record could possibly get Chippewa Falls into the playoffs.
Next Game: vs. Superior (3-2)

Schools with 250 - 449 enrollment
St. Croix Central
Last Week:  56 - 14 win @ Baldwin - Woodville
The Panthers have pared the Middle Border chase down to a Week 9 clash against Somerset for the championship. After rolling over upstart Baldwin-Woodville, SCC has simply to stay healthy in rolling to a 9-0 season and a number one playoff seed. Against the Blackhawks, the Panthers had three rushers over 100 yards to showcase their versatility. Amery is in the playoff hunt but might as well not figure this week into its plans.
Next Game: vs. Amery (3-2)
Last Week:  35 - 12 win @ Bloomer
The Tigers laid to rest any doubts as to who has the best team in the HON this year with 35-12 win at Bloomer. RB Reagan Ruffi delivered time and time again for Northwestern, rushing 33 times for 224 yards and 3 TDs. The Tigers held the Blackhawks to a mere 75 yards rushing to take over first place in the Heart of the North. Far north rival Hayward provides a test with their strong midline running game but do not have the defensive speed to contain Ruffi and the rest of the Tigers.
Next Game: vs. Hayward (2-3)
Last Week:  45 - 6 win vs. Webster
The Pirates have only had one game circled on their entire schedule and this week the waiting is over. Grantsburg dispatched Webster with their usual aplomb, using 5 rushing TDs from Leo Chenal on only 11 carries to score the game's first 38 points. Lakeland North conference rival Unity is next. The Eagles bring in a 5-0 record and are the only team left that can play with the Pirates. A win this week cements the conference title for either team and a top seed in the playoffs.
Next Game: @ Unity (5-0)
Spencer / Columbus
Last Week:  46 - 16 win @ Neillsville
The Rockets continued their defensive mastery over opponents this season. Sp/C has yet to give up a point in the first half this season and last week's effort against Neillsville was no different as the Rockets blasted off to a 40- 0 halftime lead. Like highly ranked Regis, Spencer/Columbus has not played a challenging schedule through 5 games but that changes this week as unbeaten Colby hosts the Cloverbelt co-leaders.
Next Game: @ Colby (5-0)
Last Week:  33 - 13 win @ Lake Holcombe / Cornell
The Eagles faced an undefeated Lake Holcombe/Cornell team that was Unity's biggest test of the season. Unity passed with flying colors with a lopsided 33-13 victory. Unity uses their spread double wing attack to get the whole backfield into the offense but when push comes to shove, they are not shy in giving RB Hunter Houde a few more carries to get into the end zone. Houde will need to exceed his 154 per game rushing yardage if the Eagles are to upset Grantsburg this week.
Next Game: vs. Grantsburg (5-0)

Schools with 249 and under enrollment
Eau Claire Regis
Last Week:  35 - 0 win @ Altoona
The Ramblers are an excellent team and they have shown their defensive prowess with back to back 35-0 shutouts over Osseo-Fairchild and Altoona. With only one touchdown given up in the first half all season, Regis appears to easily be on its way to Madison. But a closer look shows that those 5 teams that they have beaten so far have a combined record of 7-18. The Ramblers have yet to play Colby and Spencer/Columbus in conference play so the Cloverbelt is still up for grabs and a trip to the state finals is still miles away.
Next Game: @ Durand (1-4)
Last Week:  52 - 15 win @ Owen - Withee
The Greyhounds showed little respect for conference rival Owen-Withee on their way to a commanding 37 point winning margin. With many players rotating carries in the backfield, Loyal is staying healthy and fresh as they move through the schedule to the Week 9 showdown with Abbotsford.
Next Game: vs. Athens (2-3)
Last Week:  41- 6 win vs. Assumption
The Falcons were led to an easy win by RB Joe Aguilera. Aguilera needed only 8 carries in piling up 195 yards and 3 TDs for Abby. Abbotsford takes on a decent Greenwood team this week but, like Loyal, will not face any real challenges until the conference championship game in Week 9.
Next Game: @ Greenwood (3-2)
Melrose - Mindoro
Last Week:  49 - 0 win vs. Whitehall
The Mustangs are once again rolling through the Dairyland conference. Whitehall was not able to move the ball at all against the staunch Mel-Min defense. The defense, led by LB Kyle Stair, only gives up 129 yards of total offense per game. Week 7 game against Cochrane-Fountain City should be the game that decides the Dairyland title.
Next Game: @ Augusta (1-4)
Lake Holcombe / C.
Last Week:  13 - 33 loss vs. Unity
LH/C fell from the ranks of the unbeatens last week in the loss to Unity and it wasn't unexpected. It had been a long time since this combine had won 4 games in a row so the success of the season so far is something to build on. Grantsburg will most likely be another loss but Lake Holcombe/Cornell has a good shot at a 7-2 record and to make some noise in the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
Next Game: @ St. Croix Falls (1-3)