GREEN BAY — Green Bay Southwest has reached at least Level 3 in the last two postseasons, so when the Trojans kick of their postseason Friday against Menasha they have high expectations.
Southwest enters the postseason seeded No. 4 and hosts No. 5 Menasha as both teams enter with 7-2 records. The records indicate an even game, so much so the teams actually were originally seeded differently.
At the seeding meeting, Menasha was given the No. 4 spot, while Southwest was No. 5. However, the Trojans appealed, won and now have a home game.
Home sweet home.
“I think it always helps,” Southwest co-coach Pat Wallace said about being home. “I think there’s a comfort level with the kids, especially with us being a new staff, they kind of know the routine now. So I think for our kids it was helpful.”
Southwest might need that home cooking after coming off a 21-0 loss at Bay Port in its regular-season finale. Not exactly the way a team wants to enter the playoffs, but the Trojans feel that’s in the past.
“It’s a whole new season now that we’re in the playoffs,” senior lineman Max Scharping said. “We have to put that behind us; use it as experience but learn from it and move forward.”
“We watched the film, learned from it and put it behind us; don’t even worry about it after that, just move forward,” senior running back/defensive back Jake Gorzek said.
Wallace said maybe the loss served as a positive for the week of practice.
"We're hoping it refocused our kids,” he said. “Tonight is a new opportunity for our team. They know everyone is 0-0 and the winner moves on and the loser is done for the year.”
Southwest reached Level 4 two years ago and Level 3 last year. As a No. 4 seed, it would seem the Trojans aren’t being looked at as a team that can reach the state title game, but The Trojans are in a competitive bracket and hope the experience of playoff runs serves them well this fall.
“We’re definitely hoping that our experience with our kids being in it before can help us,” Wallace said. “The kids that are back that played in the last two years in the postseason made it all the way to the state semifinals once and they know you need to bring your best all the time.”
Wallace and co-head coach Tim Birr have coached in the playoffs before, but as assistant coaches. Now, they are running things for the Trojans and expect the experienced players to help out.
Added Wallace: "We've got some seniors that have been on the field for both of those runs and we're counting on them to take the rest of the guys and teach the intensity that's necessary because when you get to the playoffs it's whole new level of intensity you have to play with."
GB SOUTHWEST BY GAME
@Manitowoc, W 40-14
Sheboygan North, W 53-20
Ashwaubenon, L 20-17
@Pulaski, W 41-0
Sheboygan South, W 18-7
@Notre Dame, W 13-10
Green Bay West, W 42-16
De Pere, W 34-6
@Bay Port, L 21-0
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