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Schools with 450 + enrollment
Menomonie
(9-0)
Last Week:  35 - 0 win @ Chippewa Falls
The Mustangs wrapped up a second straight Big Rivers championship with a 35-0 win over Chippewa Falls. RB Justin Evans led the offensive charge with 165 first half rushing yards and 2 TDs while the defense limited the Cardinals to just 109 rushing yards. Menomonie is about as healthy as they can be going into the playoffs and take on a skilled La Crosse Central eleven in Level 1.
Next Game: vs. La Crosse Central (5-4)
Osceola
(9-0)
Last Week:  25 - 24 win vs. New Richmond
Osceola finished 9-0 in dramatic fashion with a late, 4th quarter game, winning two point conversion to beat New Richmond 25-24 and clinch the Middle Border championship. This season has been a rollercoaster ride of wild finishes on offense and hard nosed effort on defense. The Chieftains have their work cut out for them in a very tough D4 bracket that features 2 other conference champions in G-E-T and Bloomer as well as last year's D4 state champ St. Croix Central.
Next Game: vs. Nekoosa (4-5)
Hudson
(7-2)
Last Week:  38 - 7 win @ River Falls
The Raiders eased to a second place finish in the Big Rivers with their Week 9 win over River Falls. Hudson starts Level 1 play against Week 2 opponent Stevens Point. SPASH beat the Raiders with a field goal with only 10 seconds left in the game for a 23-21 win. Hudson needs a big defensive effort against Stevens Point's running game to move on.
Next Game: vs. Stevens Point (5-4)
Rice Lake
(7-2)
Last Week:  28 - 14 win @ Eau Claire Memorial
The Warriors were inconsistent in their season ending win over Memorial. The defense gave up too many rushing yards to a one dimensional Old Abe team but came up big in the second half when they needed it. The offense continues to grind out yards but touchdowns have become more scarce in the second half of the season. Rice Lake has a very good chance to advance to Level 3 if they play without mistakes in the early rounds.
Next Game: vs. Merrill (4-5)
New Richmond
(6-3)
Last Week:  24 - 25 loss @ Osceola
The Tigers came oh so close to sending the Middle Border seeding into chaos in their tight 25-24 loss to Osceola. New Richmond dropped to a 5 seed and plays Mississippi Valley tri-champ West Salem. The Tigers play well on the road but advancing and then facing Antigo and probably Rice Lake is expecting too much.
Next Game: @ West Salem (7-2)



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Schools with 250 - 449 enrollment
Stanley - Boyd
(9-0)
Last Week:  50 - 12 win vs. Altoona
Stanley-Boyd knew they had the Cloverbelt in the bag with early wins over Regis and Spencer/Columbus so clinching over Altoona last week was merely a formality. Now things get serious for the Orioles with Wittenberg-Birnamwood on tap in Level 1 and either Spencer/Columbus or Amherst waiting in the other half of the bracket. Home field advantage could be a huge edge for S-B in the first three levels of the playoffs.
Next Game: vs. Wittenberg - Birnamwood (6-3)
Grantsburg
(9-0)
Last Week:  31 - 6 win vs. Unity
The Pirates officially won the Lakeland North with a grueling win over Unity. Grantsburg had been anointed as probable champions with a series of overwhelming wins over Lakeland teams but Unity played hard to force the issue. RB John Chenal rushed for 247 yards and 3 TDs to drive the Pirates offense. Grantsburg has a good chance to face Cumberland again in Level 2 and a repeat of their wild 72-52 fireworks in the opening game of the season is definitely a possibility.
Next Game: vs. St. Croix Falls (4-5)
St. Croix Central
(8-1)
Last Week:  21 - 6 win @ Somerset
SCC fell just short of the Middle Border title this season but they won last season's D4 state title without winning the Middle Border either. The Panthers have been extremely consistent in their play this year and have the offensive and defensive formulas to keep on winning in the playoffs. Ball control offense and stingy run defense are the measures of success for this year's squad and another run to Madison is a distinct possibility.
Next Game: vs. Mauston (5-4)
Spencer / Columbus
(8-1)
Last Week:  44 - 21 win @ Glenwood City
Spencer/Columbus finished a strong runner up to Stanley-Boyd in the Cloverbelt and has been playing their best football of the season in the last few weeks. RB Hunter Luepke ran all over the Hilltoppers last Friday for 235 yards and 5 TDs to bring his season total to a whopping 33 touchdowns rushing and 1441 yards rushing. The road to Madison is a very challenging one however, as Level 2 will bring on a great Amherst team and a Level 3 possible rematch with Stanley-Boyd.
Next Game: vs. Oconto (7-2)
Bloomer
(8-1)
Last Week:  38 - 20 win vs. Barron
The Blackhawks took the Heart of the North title with a systematic dismantling of Barron last week and now march into a D4 storm starting with a good 6-3 Ellsworth team. Any Middle Border team has the chance to go a long way into the playoffs, so Bloomer needs to be at the top of their game to advance. A win will likely bring more Middle Border mayhem for Bloomer in the form of Osceola in Level 2. A win over SCC in the bracket quarter finals should make them unofficial Middle Border champs as well but first up is a tough defensive match up with the Panthers of Ellsworth.
Next Game: vs. Ellsworth (6-3)



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Schools with 249 and under enrollment
Clear Lake
(9-0)
Last Week:  47 - 8 win vs. Pepin / Alma
Pepin/Alma did the unthinkable last week. No, they did not pull off a gigantic upset over Clear Lake but they did score a touchdown in the second quarter. Big deal? Well it is a big deal when it is Week 9 and that is the first score your team has given up in the first half all season. Clear Lake is the clear favorite in their bracket and should meet either Edgar or Bangor in the semifinals.
Next Game: vs. Elmwood / Plum City (3-6)
Melrose - Mindoro
(8-1)
Last Week:  39 - 13 win vs. Independence / Gilmanton
The Mustangs have been on a roll since settling down after a Week 1 thrashing by Bangor. Come to think of it, maybe not scheduling Bangor would be a good idea as Mel-Min is 29-3 the last 4 years against regular season foes not named Bangor but 0-4 against Bangor in that same stretch. Last week, the Mustangs rolled to the Dairyland conference crown with a win over previously unbeaten Independence/Gilmanton 39-13. People may finally stand up and take notice if the Mustangs march through their D6 bracket and into the semifinals.
Next Game: vs. Lake Holcombe / Cornell (4-5)
Spring Valley
(8-1)
Last Week:  20 - 24 loss @ Elk Mound
The Cardinals came up fourth quarter empty in their loss to Dunn-St. Croix champ Elk Mound last week. The magic that Spring Valley found in most second half wins this season was not there as the Cards were handed their first loss on the season. Level 2 match up against Regis will pit identical undersized, overachieving teams facing each other with an outside chance of making it to Madison for the winner.
Next Game: vs. Whitehall (5-4)
Loyal
(7-2)
Last Week:  8 - 7 win vs. Abbotsford
The Greyhounds must still be on a high after upsetting Cloverwood power Abby in a showdown for the conference title. Loyal has been known as a very good defensive team and that was the answer in the 8-7 win, that and Clayton Rarick's two point conversion in the fourth quarter. Loyal is in a very tough D7 bracket but after winning the Cloverwood, nothing is impossible to the Greyhounds.
Next Game: vs. Owen - Withee (3-6)
Independence / G.
(8-1)
Last Week:  13 - 39 loss @ Melrose - Mindoro
The Indees came crashing back to earth in their one-sided 39-13 loss to Melrose-Mindoro as the Mustangs tagged them with their first loss on the season. Losing the Dairyland title was a jolt to I/G's collective egos but the prospect of making some noise in their D7 bracket has to be uplifting as they prepare to face Hillsboro in Level 1.
Next Game: vs. Hillsboro (6-3)