GAME OF THE WEEK (Sept. 22–28)
SIX RIVERS FOOTBALL: Pec/Argyle (5–0, 4–0 SRC, ranked 4th in D6) at Highland (4–1, 4–0 SRC), Friday, Sept. 23 7 p.m.
Can anyone end Pecatonica/Argyle’s reign as Six Rivers champion? Highland may have the best chance this Friday at home in this week’s McDonald’s Swnews4U.com Game of the Week.
Last Saturday, sophomore Drew Hennessey kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:14 remaining to lift the Cardinals to a 25–22 victory at seventh-ranked and previously unbeaten Shullsburg (5–1, 4–1 SRC) to spoil the Miners’ Homecoming. Senior quarterback John Ross Linscheid, reigning Six Rivers Offensive Player of the Year, completed 5 of 10 passes for 118 yards with a TD and led the Cardinals’ rushing attack with 92 yards on 24 carries. On defense, he recorded a team-high eight tackles with a sack, and he forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass in Highland’s.
The undefeated, fourth-ranked Vikings had a week to get healthy and prepare for this week’s showdown. Pec/Argyle had a bye week last Friday, collecting a forfeit victory over Cassville to move to 5–0 on the season. Coach Larry Green’s club has outscored its opponents 39.8–6.0 in four games this season. The last time out on Sept. 9, the Vikings blew out winless Belmont 62–12.
PREP FOOTBALL: This week’s area games
Platteville (4–1, 1–0 SWC) at Prairie du Chien (2–3, 0–1 SWC), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Hillmen hammered Richland Center a week ago 62–8 as senior running back Luke Fugate rushed for 92 yards and three TDs and returned a kickoff 70 yards for a fourth score.
Dodgeville (4–1, 1–0 SWC) at River Valley (2–2, 0–1 SWC), Friday, 7 p.m.
Lancaster (5–0, 1–0 SWC, ranked 4th in D5) at Richland Center (0–5, 0–1 SWC), Saturday, 3 p.m.
The Arrows held off River Valley for a key 21–15 SWC victory to open conference play last week despite being held to -5 yards of total offense in the second half. Lancaster will look to give back on track this week at winless Richland Center.
Darlington (5–0, 2–0 SWAL, ranked 2nd in D6) at Boscobel (1–4, 1–2 SWAL), Friday, 7 p.m.
Senior Hunter Johnson tallied 475 total yards and six touchdowns in last week’s 63–20 win over Cuba City. What will he do this week against the struggling Bulldogs.
Iowa–Grant (3–2, 2–0 SWAL) at Mineral Point (3–2, 0–2 SWAL), Friday, 7 p.m.
Fennimore (3–2, 2–1 SWAL) at Southwestern (1–4, 0–3 SWAL), Friday, 7 p.m.
Senior quarterback Jordan Williams completed 10 of 13 passes for 208 yards and three TDs in a rout of Boscobel last week. This week Williams and company can clinch a playoff berth with a road win over the Wildcats.
Shullsburg (5–1, 4–1 SRC) at River Ridge (3–2, 3–1 SRC), 7 p.m.
The Miners look to get back on track after last Saturday’s 25–22 loss to Highland. River Ridge can clinch a playoff berth with a win.
Black Hawk (4–2, 4–2 SRC) defeats Cassville (0–5, 0–5 SRC) by forfeit.
Potosi (1–5, 1–4 SRC) at Benton/Scales Mound (1–4, 1–3 SRC), Saturday, 2 p.m.
Palmyra/Eagle (1–4) at Cuba City (2–3), Friday, 7 p.m.
New Lisbon (4–1) at Belmont (0–5), Friday, 7 p.m.
Sturgeon Bay (1–4) at Black Hawk (4–2), Saturday, 2 p.m.
The Warriors collect a forfeit victory against Cassville this week to become playoff eligible. To fill the vacant spot on the schedule, Black Hawk welcomes Sturgeon Bay on Saturday for Homecoming.
PREP VOLLEYBALL: This week’s area games of note
River Valley (18–9, 4–0 SWC) at Richland Center (20–4, 4–0 SWC), Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:15 p.m.
The Hornets will host the Blackhawks next Tuesday night with first-place in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference on the line. This is the first meeting this season between the two SWC-front runners after their first scheduled match was postponed two weeks ago due to flooding in Richland Center. The sixth-ranked Hornets survived a scare from Platteville (8–15, 3–2 SWC) Tuesday night, 23–25, 25–21, 25–18, 15–25, 15–9. Senior Morgan Rizner had 14 kills and a season-high 28 digs to lead the comeback.
River Valley swept Platteville 25–11, 26–24, 26–24 two weeks ago. Tuesday’s night will not decide this year’s SWC title, but it will give the winner the upperhand.
Iowa–Grant (12–4, 4–2 SWAL) at Mineral Point (17–4, 4–1 SWAL), Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:15 p.m.
The Panthers nearly forced three-way tie for first-place in the SWAL, but fell to visiting Cuba City Tuesday night after winning the first two sets. The Panthers defeated Mineral Point 25–19, 20–25, 15–13 Saturday in the championship match of the eight-team Iowa–Grant Tournament. The Pointers defeated I–G earlier this season at IGHS in five sets on Sept. 1, 25–14, 25–18, 21–25, 14–25, 15–10.