Week 3 of the high school football season includes some big conference matchups, including our GameTime Game of the Week.
Here’s to “What to Watch For” in seven key Week 3 games with FOX 11 Top 11 rankings in parentheses:
- (11) Ashwaubenon (2-0) at (5) Green Bay Southwest (2-0): The GameTime Game of the Week has a team in Ashwaubenon off to its first 2-0 start since it won its lone Fox River Classic Conference title in 2010, while the Trojans aren’t only the defending FRCC champs, they have won 15 games in a row against FRCC teams. What to watch for: Ashwaubenon’s passing game, led by QB James Morgan (6 TDs) will be tested by Southwest’s defense, which as usual is strong.
- Hortonville (2-0) at (8) Seymour (2-0): Most view the Bay Conference as a two-team race between West De Pere and Seymour. That may not sit well with Hortonville, which is the next in line in this conference battle, so the Polar Bears have an opportunity Friday to make a statement. What to watch for: The Polar Bears have scored 101 points through two games, but they will be up against their biggest test thus far as Seymour has pitched two shutouts.
- Freedom (1-1) at Berlin (2-0): Freedom suffered a tough loss at home last week to Waupaca, while Berlin has opened eyes as the Indians have matched their win total from last season. What to watch for: This is Berlin’s toughest test so far and it will need to find a way to stop Freedom RB Nathan Peters, who rushed for 203 yards last week. If he’s on, Berlin will likely be off.
- Brillion (2-0) at Roncalli (2-0): Nobody is surprised these two teams are off to 2-0 starts. Brillion and Roncalli will battle long into the season to help determine what the top of the Olympian-Large Conference ends up looking like. What to watch for: Brillion has only scored 28 points combined in two games, while the Jets are averaging 38.5 points per game, so it appears the offenses are on different levels right now.
- Kaukauna (0-2) at Appleton East (0-2): The Ghosts and East are not off to starts they hoped for. Kaukauna scored just two points last week, while the Patriots, 2012 playoff participants, are struggling. What to watch for: East has allowed 90 points combined in two weeks, while Kaukauna has allowed 81 points. Offenses must take advantage of their opponent in this one.
- Stevens Point (2-0) at Menasha (1-1): This is a key game in the race for the Valley Football Association South Division as Point is a defending co-champ while Menasha has the look of a team that could win the title this season. What to watch for: Menasha showed it’s for real when it challenged Kimberly in Week 1 and then won going away in Week 2. Now the Bluejays have to step up on the road.
- Neenah (2-0) at Oshkosh West (1-1): Neenah is one of the early surprises, matching its 2012 win total, while West challenged Appleton North last week before falling, 27-16. What to watch for: Neenah has scored 42 points in each of its first two games, so the Wildcats’ defense better be up to the task or the Rockets will be 3-0 by late Friday night.
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