GAME OF THE WEEK: (Sept. 3–Sept. 9)
Prep Football: Black Hawk (2–0, 2–0 Six Rivers) at Pecatonica/Argyle (2–0, 1–0), Friday, 7 p.m. at Blanchardville, www.south78radio.com
The Warriors head to Blanchardville Friday night to take on the Vikings in an early-season battle of unbeatens in a key Six Rivers showdown that could go a long way to decide this year's conference champion. With defending champion Potosi falling to 0–2 in league play with last week's loss to Cassville, the league title is up for grabs. The Comets will likely have a say in this year's title race, but Friday's Black Hawk vs. Pec/Argyle clash is the premier game of the weekend.
"This is a big game for Argyle and Pecatonica," said Black Hawk head coach Cory Milz. "They have looked forward to this year's group of juniors/seniors for quite a while. Our kids always look forward to playing them."
Milz's Warriors are fresh off a 24–0 shutout of Shullsburg in last Friday's downpour. The Miners couldn't contain Jacob Quinn, who rushed for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. The Black Hawk defense was equally impressive, limiting Shullsburg to just 159 yards of total offense, but will have its hands full this week agasint the Vikings.
Pec/Argyle defeated Iowa–Grant 34–12 in a non-conference tilt Friday night, six days after pounding Potosi 38–0 to open the season on Aug. 22 at UW–Platteville. Senior halfback Rily Ostby rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns Friday against I–G, a typically stout defensive program. Ostby's 75-yard breakaway in the third-quarter put the game out of reach at 28-6. The Vikings only attempted one pass in the win, but junior Logan Green tossed a pair of TD passes in the opener against Potosi and has plenty of experience after injury to last year's starting QB forced him into the starting lineup midway through the 2014 season.
The Vikings front line is enormous on both sides of the ball with four players tipping the scales at more than 250 pounds: senior Ben Thorsen (6'3", 337), sophomore Josh Lehman (5'10, 270), senior Jesse Puckett (6'0", 259) and senior Grayson Scholl (6'1", 250).
OTHER WEEK 3 PREP FOOTBALL MATCHUPS
Potosi (0–2, 0–2 SRC) at Highland (1–1, 1–1 SRC), 7 p.m.
Benton/Scales Mound (2–0, 1–0, SRC) at Shullsburg (0–2, 0–2 SRC), 7 p.m.
Belmont (1–1, 1–1 SRC) at River Ridge (0–2, 0–2 SRC), at Bloomington, 7 p.m.
Cassville (2–0) at Hillsboro (2–0), 7 p.m. (Non-conference)
Iowa–Grant (1–1, 0–0 SWAL) at Boscobel (2–0, 0–0 SWAL), 7 p.m.
Fennimore (1–1, 0–0 SWAL) at Mineral Point (2–0, 0–0 SWAL), 7 p.m.
Darlington (2–0, 0–0 SWAL) at Riverdale (1–1, 0–0 SWAL), Friday, 7 p.m.
Southwestern (0–2, 0–0 SWAL) at Cuba City (2–0, 0–0 SWAL), Friday, 7 p.m.
SWC (Non-conference games)
Arcadia (2–0) at Lancaster (1–1), Friday, 7 p.m., WGLR 97.7 FM, WQPC 94.3 FM
Platteville (0–2) at Viroqua (0–2), Friday, 7 p.m., Xtreme 107.1 FM
Prairie du Chien (1–1) at Black River Falls (2–0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Gale–Ettrick–Trempealeau (1–1) at Dodgeville (1–1), Friday, 7 p.m.
River Valley (2–0) at Onalaska Luther (0–2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Westby (2–0) at Richland Center (0–2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Cuba City (7–2–3, 0–0 SWAL) at Mineral Point (5–3, 1–0 SWAL), Thursday, 7 p.m.
The defending SWAL champion Cubans open their 2015 title defense against a Point team, hoping to contend for this year's title. Keri Lawson's Cubans went 7–2–3 to finish third over the weekend at the two-day Janesville Cougar-Viking Classic. The Pointers went 4–3 and advanced to the championship game of the silver bracket at the 32-team Khaos at the Kolf Tournament at UW–Oshkosh on Aug. 25–26, then opened SWAL play with a 3–1 victory over Darlington on Tuesday.
Richland Center Invitational, Saturday, 9 a.m.
The Hornets (3–2) will host a 16-team tournament Saturday at Richland Center High School. Teams competing will include Barneveld, Belleville, Brookwood, Fennimore, Highland, La Crosse Logan, Lodi, Mineral Point, Monroe, North Crawford, Reedsburg, Sauk Prairie, Sparta, Verona, Wisconsin Dells and the host Hornets.
Prep Cross Country:
Darlington Cross Country Invitational, Saturday, 8:45 a.m.
The Redbirds host a 22-team invite to open the 2015 regular season. Competing teams include Albany, Belleville, Boscobel, Cashton, Cassville, Fennimore, Holy Family, Iowa–Grant, Lancaster, Monroe, Mount Horeb, North Crawford, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center, Riverdale, St. Ambrose Academy, Stockton–Warren, Tri-State Home School, Dodgeville, Pecatonica, Southwestern and Darlington.
#3 Alabama (0–0) vs. #20 Wisconsin (0–0) at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m. on ABC
First-year Badgers coach Paul Chryst, a 1984 graduate of Platteville High School, Darlington's Alex Erickson and the #20-ranked Badgers open the season with a non-conference clash with #3 Alabama at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the only Division 1 college football game this weekend between two ranked teams.
Buena Vista (0–1) at UW–Platteville (0–0), at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium, 1 p.m., Xtreme 107.1 FM
The Pioneers kick off a new season under head coach Mike Emendorfer with a non-conference title against Buena Vista. A year ago Emendorfer's bunch blasted the Beavers 63–3 in Storm Lake, IA to open the season.