WIAA Level 1 Football Playoff Preview – 11-13-20

WIAA 4-Team Playoffs

Division One

#3 Watertown (2-5) @ #2 Oconomowoc (3-4) – 7pm

A pair of former Wisconsin Little Ten rivals square off in this playoff opener.  Watertown enters the playoffs having dropped four games in a row after seeing their roster depleted by injuries and COVID quarantines.  Goslings junior quarterback Caleb Huff has thrown for 779 yards and 7 touchdowns.  He’s also rushed for a team high 204 yards and eight TDs.  Oconomowoc finished fifth in the Classic Eight.  Running back Ryan Van Ells has 664 yards rushing and 8 TDs.  Oconomowoc has three receivers who have caught 19 or more passes in Nick Sulla (25 for 229, 3 TDs), Augie Marks (20-241, 2TDs) and Kane Harpster (19-359, 3 TDs).  The winner will face either #1 seed Hartford or #4 West Bend West in the pod-champoinship game next Friday.


Division Four

#3 New Holstein (4-3) vs. #2 Marshall (6-0) @ Fall River – Saturday at 1pm

Marshall is hosting New Holstein at Fall River High School because Dane County health regulations won’t let them play on their home field.  The Cardinals won the outright Eastern Suburban Conference championship and are led by junior Bryce Frank.  Frank has rushed for 739 yards and 7 TDs.  He also has 251 receiving yards and 5 TDs.  Frank has also thrown an TD pass and returned a punt and kickoff for scores in 2020. New Holstein rides a three game win streak into the postseason.  They finished 4th in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference.  Senior running back Michael Volz has 1040 yards rushing and 11 TDs.  The winner will face either #1 Watertown Luther Prep or #4 Wautoma in the pod championship game next Friday.


Division Five

#1 Markesan earns forfeit win over #4 Westfield

Markesan will wait to face either #2 Weyauwega-Fremont or #3 Howards Grove next Friday in Markesan after Westfield decided to forfeit their Level One Game.

#3 Waterloo (3-3) @ #2 Cambridge (4-2) – Saturday – 1pm

Waterloo travels to Eastern Suburban Conference foe Cambridge for their playoff opener.  These two teams met two weeks ago with Cambridge picking up the 43-13 win. Pirates finished 3rd in the Eastern Suburban Conference and are led by running back Eugene Wolff.  He has had the hot hand, averaging 143 yards per game over the last five games this season. Cambridge is the Eastern Suburban runner-up after capturing three straight Capitol South title.  The Blue Jays have a nice one-two combo on offese.  Ezra Stein has thrown for 601 yards and six TDs and also rushed for 336 yards and eight TDs.  Trey Colts has run for a team high 510 yards and caught 11 passes for a team high 196 yards and a score.  The winner will face either #1 Mineral Point or #4 Palmyra-Eagle in the pod championship next Friday.

Division Six

#4 Ozaukee @ #1 Randolph (5-2) – 7pm

Randolph opens up the postseason looking to recover from getting punched in the mouth by Watertown Luther Prep 35-0 last week.  The Rockets ride a well balanced offense into tonight’s playoff opener.  Senior running back Zach Paul has run for 656 yards and eight TDs.  Senior QB Brayden Haffele has thrown for 447 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 379 yards and seven TDs. Sam Grieger has caught 11 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. Grieger also has a team high four interceptions. Ozaukee finished fourth in the Big East Conference.  Junior running back Jack Genzmer has rushed for 1017 yards and nine touchdowns.

#3 Burlington Catholic Central (2-2) @ #2 Cambria-Friesland (3-1)

Cambria-Friesland comes into the post-season having fresh legs after playing just one time over the last month because of COVID related cancellations.  The Hilltoppers have a ton of weapons on an offense that’s led by senior QB Kobe Smit.  He’s thrown for 317 yards and five TDs.  Three Toppers lead share carries in the backefield, led by senior Cade Burmania’s 329 yards and 5 TDs.  Owen Jones has 275 yards rushing and 3 TDs, while Mason Hughes has added 196 yards and three scores.  Drake Burmania has caught 7 passes for 148 yards and two TDs.  Catholic Central hasn’t played a game since October 16th as they come to Cambria with a 2-2 record. Junior QB Max Robson has thrown for 250 yards and two TDs.  He’s also rushed for a team high 306 yards and eight TDs. The winners of Randolph/Ozaukee and Catholic Central/Cambria-Friesland will square off in the pod championship game next Friday night.


Non-Playoff Games

Markesan @ Reedsville – 6pm

Iowa-Grant @ Fall River-Rio – CANCELLED

Pardeeville @ Dodgeland – 7pm

Horicon/Hustisford was not able to secure a non-playoff game so their season will come to an end at 2-1.


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