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Schools with 450 + enrollment
River Falls
Last Week:  47 - 20 win vs. Eau Claire North
The Wildcats dropped a 28-27 heart breaker to Hudson in Week 3 to open Big Rivers play and that left many wondering if River Falls could find enough wins to even make it to the playoffs. Six convincing wins later have many wondering if this might be a team that could play in the finals in Madison.
Next Game: vs. Kaukauna (5-4)
Rice Lake
Last Week:  33 - 21 win @ Superior
Rice Lake reestablished their season with the Week 8 win against Menomonie. Just qualifying doesn't intimidate anyone but that signature Big Rivers win gave the Warriors the credibility to advance to the playoffs as the D3 team to beat again.
Next Game: vs. Hayward (3-6)
Last Week:  35 - 21 win @ Eau Claire Memorial
The Mustangs bounced back from the Rice Lake loss to take care of business against EC Memorial and get back to the preparation for a playoff run. First round in the playoffs usually has Menomonie as a big favorite but this year the Mustangs have an extremely tough road to advance each week.
Next Game: @ Pulaski (8-1)
Last Week:  7 - 17 loss @ Chippewa Falls
It's hard to dismiss last week's loss to Chippewa Falls as a game the Raiders looked past. A win meant a title share and higher seed, a loss meant long road trips in the playoffs. So Hudson had much to play for. Hats off to the Cardinals.
Next Game: @ Appleton North (5-3)
Chippewa Falls
Last Week:  17 - 7 win vs. Hudson
Finally, a season's hard work finally paid off for the Cardinals. All the blown leads in their losses, melted away for one night in the Cards upset of Hudson. The playoffs may consist of only one game but it is something to build upon for 2019.
Next Game: @ Kimberly (8-1)

Schools with 250 - 449 enrollment
St. Croix Central
Last Week:  42 - 24 win vs. Somerset
The Panthers methodically took apart Somerset to win the outright Middle Border championship. SCC held the Spartan's great fullback, Jack Peterson, to a mere 41 yards rushing and showed all the D4 brackets that the title goes through St. Croix Central once again.
Next Game: vs. Adams - Friendship (4-5)
Last Week:  56 - 8 win @ Lake Holcombe / Cornell
The Pirates capped an undefeated regular season with another overwhelming win over LH/C. RB Leo Chenal needs to lead Grantsburg to a bracket win over Regis to get that monkey off of the Pirates' backs.
Next Game: vs. Glenwood City (4-5)
Last Week:  76 - 6 win @ Barron
The Tigers finished as undefeated HON champs to set the tone for their D4 run. This is one of the toughest brackets in the state top to bottom and Northwestern needs Reagan Ruffi to be magical.
Next Game: vs. Ellsworth (3-6)
Spencer / Columbus
Last Week:  49 - 20 win @ Altoona
The Rockets were second in the Cloverbelt to Regis but showed enough to garner the number one seed in their D5 bracket. No prohibitive favorites in this D5 playoff pool so games should be very exciting.
Next Game: vs. Arcadia (5-4)
Last Week:  56 - 20 win @ Hayward
The Blackhawks are an intriguing playoff team. A dearth of injuries in the middle of their schedule had Bloomer playing multiple underclassmen and scrambling to make things work. Athletes coming back healthy, like QB Zach Ruf, make Bloomer a force and a potential bracket winner.
Next Game: vs. Spooner (6-3)

Schools with 249 and under enrollment
Eau Claire Regis
Last Week:  42 - 8 win @ Neillsville / Granton
The Ramblers have won so many games by a 35 plus point margin, it makes you think that they are more machines than football players. Plug a half dozen running backs into the game and low and behold they all produce. Big props to the offensive line, who have made tight formations fun to watch. Robotic wins in the playoffs will be harder to come by.
Next Game: vs. Lake Holcombe / Cornell (6-3)
Last Week:  49 - 22 win vs. Loyal
Abbotsford staked their claim for a potential run to Madison through the running of Joe Aguilera. Aguilera rolled up 280 yards and 5 TDs against Loyal in the winner take all Cloverwood battle. Getting by Iola-Scandinavia and then either Regis or Grantsburg will take a Herculean effort.
Next Game: vs. Niagara / Goodman / Pembine (6-3)
Melrose - Mindoro
Last Week:  42 - 14 win @ Independence / Gilmanton
The Mustangs were once again dominant in Week 9, as they finished up the season with a win against I/G. In the opposite bracket of Regis and Iola-Scandinavia, Mel-Min has a real chance to create their own destiny in pursuit of Camp Randall.
Next Game: vs. Darlington (4-5)
Last Week:  22 - 49 loss @ Abbotsford
Loyal was stunned by the ability of Abbotsford to run at will against their staunch run defense in the Cloverwood championship game last Friday. Now it is time to regroup and embrace the mantra that anybody can win in the playoffs. Dropping into D7 certainly helps their chances of staying around longer.
Next Game: vs. Hurley (5-4)
Last Week:  41 - 0 win vs. Greenwood
The Pirates had a very good regular season, losing only to Abby and Loyal. The Greenwood win was a nice tune-up for Level 1 against an up and down Elmwood/Plum City team. Level 2 could be a rematch with conference rival Loyal and revenge for the Week 8 loss.
Next Game: vs. Elmwood / Plum City (5-4)