GAME OF THE WEEK (Nov. 9–Nov. 15)
WIAA DIVISION 7 LEVEL 4 FOOTBALL: Black Hawk (12–0, #3 in D7) vs. Fall River (11–1, #9 in D7), at Middleton, Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., WGLR (97.7 FM)
Black earned its first trip to the WIAA Level 4 playoffs since winning the D7 state title in 2013 with a 28–7 victory over visiting Potosi/Cassville last Friday night. The Warriors scored touchdowns on two of their first three offensive plays to open up an early 14–0 lead on their Six Rivers Conference rival, and then turned in a dominating defensive performance to chop down the Chieftains in a WIAA Division 7 Level 3 playoff football game held at Murphy Field on Friday, Nov. 3.
The Warriors will head to Middleton High School on Friday to face ninth-ranked Fall River (11–1), which knocked off fourth-ranked and previously unbeaten Wild Rose (12–1) by a score of 8–7 in a Level 3 contest last Friday.
Fall River has won 10 consecutive games since suffering a 27–12 loss to that same Wild Rose squad in week two of the regular season. The Pirates score an average of 29.4 points per game while allowing 12.9 points per game. Junior Davyn Braker leads Fall Rivers with 1,108 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on 155 carries. Junior Luke Figol has completed 48 of 97 passes for 792 yards, 11 TDs and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 565 yards and 13 TDs on 103 carries. Junior linebacker Sam Nelson leads the Pirates with 109 tackles.
The Warriors average 50.9 points per game on offense and allow an average of just 8.3 points per contest. Senior Brody Milz has rushed for 1,498 yards and 25 touchdowns on 152 carries to lead Black Hawk. He also leads the team with 216 tackles. Junior Colby Argall has 1,292 yards and 23 TDs on 129 carries. Senior Michael Flanagan has completed 40 of 70 passes for 801 yards, 12 TDs and four interceptions. His favorite target is senior Jett Rufenacht, who has 21 catches for 454 yards and seven touchdowns.
“I don’t know much about them other than they made it to Level 4, too,” said Black Hawk head coach Cory Milz following Friday’s game. “We’ll soon get to know them really well.”
Friday’s kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
GIRLS SWIMMING: WIAA Division 2 State Championships, at UW Natatorium (Madison), Friday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
Platteville sophomore Madison Albert-Nelson will make her second appearance at the WIAA Division 2 girls swimming state championships Friday even when she competes in the 100-yard butterfly. Albert-Nelson, the school record holder in the event, earned her return trip to Madison with a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly (1:00.72) at last Saturday’s WIAA D2 Stoughton Sectional. Albert-Nelson is seeded 12th going into Friday’s state championships that will be held at the UW Natatorium in Madison at 6 p.m. She placed 13th in the 100 fly at last year’s D2 state meet.