Week 2 of the high school football season includes some interesting matchups, including our GameTime Game of the Week.
Here’s to “What to Watch For” in seven key Week 2 games with FOX 11 Top 11 rankings in parentheses:
- No. 2 Waupaca (1-0) at No. 8 Freedom (1-0): This is the GameTime Game of the Week for a reason. Waupaca brings in QB Nate Jenson, who totaled 300 yards from scrimmage in last week’s 30-12 win against Ripon, while Freedom last week displayed a new-found passing game in a 28-0 win over Winneconne. What to watch for: RB Nathan Peters was held to 92 yards on 36 carries (3 TDs) for Freedom last week, QB Andrew Connelly threw for 142 yards a TD. Can the passing game continue against Waupaca?
- Manitowoc (0-1) at Ashwaubenon (1-0): The Ships were upended by Green Bay Southwest in Week 1, 40-14, but now have to travel to Ashwaubenon, which handled Green Bay Preble last week, 40-7. What to watch for: Ashwaubenon’s offense. After scoring 40 points against Preble, can the Jaguars be prolific again against a defense that allowed 40 points in Week 1?
- Pulaski (0-1) at Green Bay Preble (0-1): Pulaski and Preble dropped season openers in a surprise fashion, with Pulaski losing at home to Sheboygan North and Preble getting run down by Ashwaubenon. What to watch for: The final score, since the loser starts 0-2. Not exactly the start either team expected.
- Appleton East (0-1) at Neenah (1-0): Appleton East was humbled by Oshkosh North, 48-7, last week, while Neenah opened eyes with a 42-13 win over Appleton West. What to watch for: Neenah, which with a win can match its 2012 win total and record its first 2-0 start since 2004.
- No. 9. Seymour (0-1) at Luxemburg-Casco (1-0): Seymour handled Marinette, 46-0, last week, while Luxemburg-Casco won at New London, 24-6. What to watch for: L-C QB Caleb Williams threw for more than 200 yards last week, but can he record a similar number against Seymour’s stingy defense?
- Little Chute (1-0) at Xavier (1-0): Little Chute hammered Milwaukee Washington, 56-0, last week, while Xavier topped Clintonville, 51-12. What to watch for: Offense. Based on last week’s point totals, the defenses better be sharp. Also, Xavier QB Matt Ferris threw for 342 yards last week.
- Berlin (1-0) at Ripon (0-1): Berlin thumped Fox Valley Lutheram 35-7, in Week 1, while Ripon fell at Waupaca, 30-12. What to watch for: Berlin never reached 30 points last year while going 1-7. Can Berlin register back-to-back 30-point games? Ripon hopes not.
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