AREA GRID PREVIEW: Cards look to remain unbeaten
When Sparta faces Mississippi Valley Conference rival on the gridiron Friday night, both teams will be looking for their first win of the season.
But that’s not the only big game on the area football slate this weekend.
Bangor puts its undefeated season on the line with a nonconference home game against Highland Saturday, Brookwood and Cashton both battle Scenic Bluffs Conference foes at home and Tomah travels to Holmen for an early-season MVC battle of unbeaten.
Bangor vs. Highland
The Cardinals flexed their muscles last week, holding Scenic Bluffs rival Brookwood under 100 yards on offense in a 51-0 victory at Bangor.
Look for Cardinal senior running back Andrew Piske to play a key role against Highland Saturday.
Only playing in the first half, Piske rushed 13 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons.
Cardinal quarterback Kellen Kravik added a pair of touchdown runs and a 19-yard scoring strike to Jack Reader, as Bangor opened up a 41-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
Bangor enters the game with a perfect 3-0 record.
Highland opened its season with a 29-0 win over Six Rivers Conference foe River Ridge, before dropping back-to-back conference games to Belmont 6-0 and Potosi 34-21.
Brookwood vs. Hillsboro
The Falcons look to bounce back from Friday’s lopsided loss at Bangor when it hosts Hillsboro in a Scenic Bluffs Conference match-up Friday night.
Brookwood opened its 2015 season with a 21-7 win over DeSoto and moved to 2-0 with a 35-6 victory over Riverdale, before falling from the ranks of the unbeaten at Bangor.
Hillsboro is off to a solid start as well, opening the season with convincing wins over conference rival Wonewoc Center and nonconference foe Kickapoo-LaFarge, before outlasting Cassville 14-0 in a nonconference game last week.
Cashton vs. Royall
In another Scenic Bluffs battle, Royall travels to Cashton for a Friday night game.
Both the Eagles and the Panthers are looking to get back on track after tough conference losses last week.
Cashton suffered a 33-26 loss to Necedah in a Scenic Bluffs home game last week, while Royal was edged 6-0 by conference foe New Lisbon on the road.
Cashton opened its 2015 season with a 40-14 loss to Ithaca, but bounced back to earn a 44-14 nonconference win over Onalaska Luther, before falling to Necedah last week.
Royal enters the gave with a 1-2 overall record as well.
After opening with a 34-14 nonconference loss to Riverdale, the Panthers evened their record at 1-1 with a 38-22 victory over Alma Center Lincoln, then fell to 1-2 with the narrow loss at New Lisbon.
Tomah at Holmen
Back in the Mississippi Valley Conference, Tomah and Holmen will duke it out in Holmen Friday night to see who can stay perfect in league play.
The Timberwolves are coming off a big victory over MVC newcomer West Salem, after building an early lead and holding off a late Panther charge.
Tomah quarterback Jack Haye threw second quarter touchdown passes to Joe Georgeson and Jack Hessil to give the Timberwolves a 14-0 lead at the half.
Haye has tossed seven touchdown passes and amassed more than 400 yards through the air so far this season.
Holmen is fresh off a 46-14 thumping of La Crosse Aquinas last Thursday, and looking to improve its MVC record to 2-0.
Both teams enter Friday’s game with identical 1-0 MVC records and 2-1 overall marks.