AREA GRID PREVIEW
While the biggest gridiron game in the area this weekend is likely the Mississippi Valley Conference battle between cross-county rivals Sparta and Tomah, there are a couple of important match-ups in the Scenic Bluffs Conference as well.
League-leading Bangor hosts New Lisbon under the Friday Night Lights, while Cashton travels to Brookwood for a battle of southern Monroe County schools.
Cashton at Brookwood
The Eagles enter the Scenic Bluffs game with some momentum after posting back-to-back conference victories over the past two weeks.
Cashton scored a huge upset on the road Sept. 24 when they knocked off previously unbeaten Hillsboro 19-0.
The Eagles followed up the big win by scoring a pair of unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come-from-behind and defeat New Lisbon 27-20 last week.
Against New Lisbon, Cashton took its first lead of the game in the third quarter, before falling behind 20-14 after back-to-back touchdowns gave the Rockets a 20-14 advantage in the final quarter.
Cashton scored a defensive touchdown on an interception by Jeffry Janzen to take a 21-20 lead, then put the game away late in the quarter on a 13-yard touchdown run by Jaden Schmitz.
Brookwood posted two straight wins before falling 22-17 at Shullsburg in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons blanked Royall 13-0 in a Sept. 18 SBC home game and handed Necedah a 25-12 defeat in a Scenic Bluffs road game a week later.
Brookwood’s weekend went just the opposite of Cashton’s.
The Falcons fell behind early at Shullsburg, but rallied in the second half to take a 17-16 lead behind a 32-yard field goal and a four-yard touchdown run courtesy of Jack Hansen.
The Miners answered late in the game on a 46-yard touchdown pass that proved to be the game winner.
Falcon running back Cory Ottum rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Shullsburg.
Cashton enters Friday’s SBC match-up with a 3-2 conference record and a 4-3 overall mark, while Brookwood’s record stands at 2-2 in league play and 4-3 overall.
Bangor vs. New Lisbon
The fifth-ranked Cardinals have dominated the SBC to date, rolling to four straight league wins.
Bangor, which enters the game with a perfect 7-0 overall mark, has yet to be challenged on the gridiron this season.
In seven games this season, the Cardinals have given up just 33 points on defense, while the Bangor offense has scored a whopping 316 points.
Running back Andrew Piske is among the area’s scoring leaders.
IN a 41-14 rout of Hillsboro last week, Piske rushed for 197 yards and scored four touchdowns to increase his season total to 21.
New Lisbon is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the SCB race with Cashton and Hillsboro after the Rockets opened their 2015 campaign with four straight wins.
New Lisbon’s first loss came to then undefeated Hillsboro on Sept. 18, but the Rockets bounced back to score a 6-0 nonconference win over Belmont before falling 27-20 to Cashton last week.
New Lisbon enters Friday’s SBC road game at Bangor with a 3-2 league record and a 5-2 overall mark.