GAME OF THE WEEK (Aug. 31–Sept. 6)
PREP FOOTBALL: Iowa–Grant (2–0, 0–0 SWAL) at Fennimore (2–0, 0–0 SWAL), Friday 7 p.m.
The McDonald’s SWNews4U.com Game of the week is premier matchup in the Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League between undefeated Iowa–Grant and unbeaten Fennimore in the annual Milk Can rivalry game.
The winner of Friday’s conference opener will have an inside track at unseating winless Darlington (0–2) as the SWAL champion. Fennimore and its high-flying offense has opened the year with back-to-back non-conference wins over Lancaster, 18–13, and Richanld Center, 56–26. Junior quarterback Reid Larson has completed 36 of 55 passes for 553 yards and 6 touchdowns through two games. Senior Trevor Neuroth has hauled in 14 receptions for 259 yards and four TDs, while fellow first-team All-SWAL receiver Liam Kenney has caught 10 passes for 164 yards and two scores. Derek Kephart lead the Golden Eagles’ defense with 27 tackles.
“They have had an impressive start,” said Iowa–Grant head coach Gary Allen. “Fennimore is well coaches and has some very good speed and athleticism. We well need to play well.”
The Panthers have also opened the season with back-to-back wins, pounding Richland Center in the opener 38–14 before hammering host Wauzeka–Steuben/Seneca 42–18 last weekend. Iowa–Grant has done it on the ground as senior halfback Brady Peat has ran for 470 and 10 touchdowns in the two I–G wins. Clayton Kite leads the defense with 21 tackles, and has also rushed for 126 years and one TD on 37 carries.
“We know it comes down to stopping the run,” said Fennimore head coach Boone Tollefson. “We have been doing that so far this season, but Iowa–grant is going to be the best running team we will face all year. It’s all going to be decided at the line of scrimmage. Offensively, we have to mix it up, be efficient and hold on to the ball. We also need to play solid on special teams.”
Other Week 3 area games:
Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League
Mineral Point (1–1) at Boscobel (0–2), Friday 7 p.m.
Cuba City (0–2) at Darlington (0–2), Friday 7 p.m.
Six Rivers Conference
Shullsburg (0–2, 0–2 SRC) at Belmont (1–1, 0–1 SRC), Friday 7 p.m.
Potosi/Cassville (1–1, 0–1 SRC) at River Ridge (1–1, 1–0), Friday 7 p.m.
Pecatonica/Argyle (2–0, 1–0 SRC) at Benton/Scales Mound (1–1, 1–1), Friday 7 p.m.
Platteville (2–0) at Westby (1–1), Friday 4 p.m. (WPVL 107.1 FM)
Lancaster (1–1) at Black River Falls (0–2), Friday 7 p.m. (WGLR 97.7 FM)
Dodgeville (1–1) at Onalaska Luther (2–0), Friday 7 p.m.
Viroqua (1–1) at Prairie du Chien (2–0), Friday 7 p.m.
Gale–Ettrick–Trempeleau (2–0) at Richland Center (0–2), Friday 7 p.m.
Arcadia (1–1) at River Valley (1–1), Friday 7 p.m.
Poynette (1–1) at Southwestern (2–0), Friday 7 p.m.
Black Hawk (2–0) at New Lisbon (2–0), Friday 7 p.m.
Independence/Gilmanton (2–0) at Highland (1–1), Friday 7 p.m.
PREP VOLLEYBALL: Richland Center (8–2, 0–0 SWC) at Platteville (3–4, 0–0 SWC), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
The premier volleyball game of the week is Richland Center at Platteville on Thursday night. The defending champion Hornets went 8–2 to win the silver division (7th place) at the 18-team Great River Sprawl Tournament in Onalaska last Wednesday and Thursday. Senior Madison Rizer led the Hornets with 67 kills, surpassing the 1,000-kill mark for her career, in 10 matches. Roslyn Johnson added 42 kills and McKenna Nigl led the team with 85 assists.
Meanwhile, Platteville opened the season under first-year head coach Danielle Duerst with a fourth-place finish at the 29-team UW–Whitewater Warhawks Open last Friday and Saturday. Senior Skye Digman led the Hillmen to a 3–4 mark with a team-high 78 kills, 18 blocks and 58 digs in seven matches. Sophomore Izzy Carroll added 33 kills, 15 blocks and senior setter Britney Baker passed out 101 assists. Two of Platteville’s four losses came against eventual champion Franklin, first in Friday’s pool play round and again in the gold bracket semifinals.
Other Area games/tournaments this weekend include:
Thursday, Aug. 31
Southwest Wisconsin Conference
Lancaster (3–3, 0–0 SWC) at River Valley (1–2, 0–0 SWC), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Dodgeville (2–3, 0–0 SWC) at Prairie du Chien (2–6, 0–0 SWC), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League
Boscobel (2–3) at Fennimore (0–5), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Cuba City (8–2) at Darlington (3–1–1, 1–0 SWAL), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Iowa–Grant (3–2) at Mineral Point (0–1, 0–1 SWAL), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Southwestern (4–2) at Riverdale (1–6), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Six Rivers West
Benton (5–0, 1–0 SRW) at Belmont (0–3–1, 0–0 SRW), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Highland (1–5, 0–1 SRW) at Potosi (3–2, 1–0 SRW), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
River Ridge (7–0, 1–0 SRW) at Shullsburg (2–3, 0–1 SRW), Thursday 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Richland Center Invitational: The Hornets will host a 16-team tournament on Saturday. Participating teams include Platteville, Belmont, Fennimore, Mineral Point, Barneveld, Belleville, Brookewood, La Crosse Logan, Lodi, Monroe, North Crawford, Reedsburg, Stoughton, Verona, Wisconsin Dells and host Richland Center.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Darlington Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 2, 8:45 a.m.
Participating teams include: Beaver Dam, Cashton, North Crawford, Cassville, Dodgeville, Fennimore, Mount Horeb, Pec/Argyle, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center, River Ridge, Riverdale, Southwestern, Wisconsin Heights, Holy Family, Lancaster, River Valley, Belleville, Iowa-Grant, Tri-State Home, St. Ambrose Academy, Albany, Stockton-Warren and host Darlington.