Last week there were two huge games in the FOX 11 Top 11 involving four teams in the top seven and after all the dust settled Waupaca and Hortonville came out on top.
Waupaca clinched a share of the Eastern Valley Conference by scoring the final 29 points in a 36-20 win over Xavier. With the win, Waupaca stays at No. 2 in this week’s poll, while Xavier falls from No. 5 to No. 11.
Meanwhile, Hortonville outlasted West De Pere, 34-27, in overtime and moved from No. 7 to No. 3 in this week’s poll, while the Phantoms fell to No. 7, which is its lowest ranking ever in the FOX 11 Top 11.
Hortonville won its first conference title in 29 seasons and ended West De Pere’s reign at seven seasons.
While those games had conference implications, No. 1-ranked Kimberly showed why it’s No. 1. The Papermakers outscored Appleton West, 76-7, including 42-0 in the second quarter.
Ironically, the 76 points are not the most Kimberly has even scored in the last two seasons. The Papermakers scored 77 in a Level 1 playoff win last season.
Looking ahead to this week, there is one big game involving ranked teams as the Olympian-Packerland Large is up for grabs as undefeated Kewaunee travels to undefeated Roncalli on Thursday.
While two ranked teams lost last week, no team fell out of the poll. Here’s how this week’s poll looks:
FOX 11 TOP 11
1. Kimberly (8-0): Last week – beat Appleton West 76-7. After a season-low 35 points in Week 7, Papermakers score season-high 76 last week. This week – host D.C. Everest.
2. Waupaca (8-0): Last week – beat Xavier 36-20. Comets secure a No. 1 seed in Division 3 with win over Xavier. This week – at Fox Valley Lutheran.
3. Hortonville (8-0): Last week – beat West De Pere 34-27 (OT). Polar Bears can call themselves conference champs for first time since 1984. This week – at Freedom.
4. St. Mary's Springs (8-0): Last week – beat Kettle Moraine Lutheran 51-7. Ledgers riding an impressive 35-game winning streak. This week: host Winnebago Lutheran Academy (Thursday).
5. Ashwaubenon (8-0): Last week – beat Sheboygan South 35-13. Ashwaubenon clinches share of FRCC title but wants to win it outright. This week – at Notre Dame.
6. Oshkosh North (8-0): Last week – beat Oshkosh West 28-0. Spartans clinch share of first conference title in 11 seasons. This week – host Marshfield.
7. West De Pere (7-1): Last week – lost to Hortonville, 34-27 (OT). Phantoms look to start another regular-season winning streak on Friday. This week: host Denmark.
8. Kewaunee (8-0): Last week – beat Brillion 41-14. Storm has been impressive this season but needs win this week to win O-P Large. This week – at Roncalli (Thursday).
9. Roncalli (8-0): Last week: beat Southern Door, 42-24. Defense might have to step up for Jets this week as they allowed 24 points in Week 8 and 20 points in Weeks 1-7. This week: host Kewaunee (Thursday).
10. Shiocton (8-0): Last week – beat Weyauwega-Fremont 51-0. Chiefs have allowed just 22 points all season. This week – host Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
11. Xavier (7-1): Last week – lost to Waupaca 36-20. Hawks look to get back on winning track before postseason kicks off. This week: host Berlin.
—Dropped out: None.
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