Your home for Milwaukee-area prep football as teams make a push for the 2016 postseason.
D1: Oconomowoc (4)
D2: Brookfield Central (3), Homestead (4), Whitefish Bay (6), Waukesha West (7), Brookfield East (8), Waukesha North (9), Greendale (10)
D3: Catholic Memorial (2), Pewaukee (5)
D6: Lake Country Lutheran (5)
Player of the Week
In a battle that kept Whitefish Bay alive for the North Shore Conference title, Alex Anthony caught 13 passes for 165 yards and two scores, and a field goal in the final seconds played a huge role in Bay’s win over Germantown. Quarterback Cade Garcia, for whom Anthony once filled in when Garcia went down with injury a couple games ago, threw for 245 yards on 22 of 41 passing. Apologies to other players with big stats this week, including Jake Simuncak of South Milwaukee, Jacob Rams of Oconomoowc, Thomas Gibson of Brookfield Central, Rayvon Bartlett Jr. of Greenfield and Darios Garrett of Martin Luther.
Past Players of Week
- Griffin Johnson, West Allis Central
- Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc
- Peter MacCudden, Waukesha West
- Brennan Demark, Waukesha North
- Mitchell Gnadt, Greendale
Surprise of the Week
We have been sleeping on West Allis Central. The Bulldogs haven’t been to the playoffs since 2004, but they put themselves in interesting position with a huge 21-17 win over Menomonee Falls this week. They still need two wins in the final three games but have struggling Wauwatosa East still on the docket, so a win over Sussex Hamilton (or a major upset over Marquette) would put WAC into the dance under second-year coach Keith Ringelberg. New Berlin West also found itself in prime playoff position by beating Wauwatosa West this week.
- Messmer/Shorewood wins thriller
- Metro Classic goes up for grabs
- Waukesha North stuns Arrowhead
- KM gives Oconomowoc a push
- Nicolet breaks losing streak
Brookfield Central (6-0, 4-0 in Greater Metro) The Lancers took control of the Greater Metro after huge back-to-back showings, starting with a dominant showing over Brookfield East two weeks ago and rallying for a win over Marquette on Friday. This is as dangerous a team as we have in the area, one that can be expected to reach Level 3 or Level 4 of the Division 2 playoffs – at least.
Catholic Memorial (6-0, 4-0 in Classic 8). Catholic Memorial has been a threat to win the Division 3 state title since before the season began, but to win the Classic 8, the Crusaders had to prove they could overcome traditional hurdles like Arrowhead. In a 7-3 win over the mighty Warhawks on Sept. 23, CMH showed it had a championship-caliber defense.
Franklin (5-1, 4-0 in Southeast). Starting quarterback Max Alba was back on the field and back being brilliant as the Sabers defeated Oak Creek in the “Helmet Game” two weeks ago, and a follow-up win over Horlick kept the Sabers in line for a major Southeast showdown against Kenosha Indian Trail next week.
Greenfield (5-1, 4-0 in Woodland East). Quarterback Rayvon Bartlett Jr. continued to sparkle as his team downed Whitnall en route to a Woodland East showdown with Messmer/Shorewood on Sept. 30.
Homestead (5-1, 4-0 in North Shore). Homestead handled Port Washington to stay perfect in the North Shore, clinching an 18th consecutive trip to the playoffs and keeping the Highlanders alive for a league-title showdown with Whitefish Bay in two weeks.
Lake Country Lutheran (6-0, 4-0 in Midwest Classic). LCL remained perfect after downing Midwest Classic challenger University School in impressive fashion on Sept. 23, but the Lightning still have stiff tests remaining against St. Francis and Brookfield Academy.
Messmer/Shorewood (5-1, 4-0 in Woodland East). After a couple thrilling finishes, the Greyhounds won more conventionally in a big win over Brown Deer, and now that the squad knows its headed to the playoffs, it can add icing to the cake with a win over Greenfield for the Woodland East title next week.
Oconomowoc (6-0, 4-0 in Wisconsin Little Ten). Rinse. Repeat. Oconomowoc trailed but rallied back thanks to an explosive offensive performance – this time by Jacob Rams on the ground – and the Raccoons remained undefeated in beating West Bend East on Friday. Cardiac Oconomowoc rolls on.
Pewaukee (6-0, 4-0 in Woodland West). A massive two-week stretch for Pewaukee included wins over Greendale and New Berlin Eisenhower, and now the Pirates are lined up to be Woodland West champs if they can seal the deal against Wauwatosa West next week.
Whitefish Bay (5-1, 4-0 in North Shore). With an impressive rally against Germantown, the Blue Dukes are in the playoffs and in position to win the North Shore outright with a looming battle against Homestead in two weeks.
One win away
Brookfield Academy (5-1, 3-1 in Midwest Classic). Ian Francis had another big day at quarterback as Brookfield Academy continued to coast toward the playoffs with another win this week.
Brookfield East (5-1, 3-1 in Greater Metro). Brookfield East handled Wauwatosa East in a Greater Metro contest Sept. 23, moving within one win of the playoffs. It’s a safe bet that it’ll happen for the Spartans, but the chances of a shared league title took a hit when Central defeated Marquette.
Greendale (5-1, 3-1 in Woodland West). Greendale’s offensive struggles continued with a 16-0 loss to Pewaukee, and the Pirates win over New Berlin Eisenhower makes it appear as though PHS will be the West Division champ this year. But the Panthers are effectively in the playoffs after an easy win over Milwaukee Pius.
Martin Luther (5-1, 3-1 in Metro Classic). Darios Garrett returned three (!!) punts for touchdowns in a win over St. Thomas More, and the Spartans find themselves in contention for a Metro Classic title. They’re one of the area’s biggest surprise title contenders.
New Berlin Eisenhower (4-2, 3-1 in Woodland West) New Berlin Eisenhower nearly rallied back in the final moments, but a failed 2-point conversion proved to be the difference in a 26-24 loss to Pewaukee that put the Pirates in charge of the Woodland West. It’s shaping up to be the second straight year that Ike has fallen just short of competing in the Woodland title game.
St. Francis (4-2, 3-1 in Midwest Classic). St. Francis will take a swing at knocking off Lake Country Lutheran and create some chaos in the MCC, but even if it doesn’t happen, this is still a playoff team.
University School (5-1, 3-1 in Midwest Classic). USM couldn’t keep pace with Lake Country Lutheran on Sept. 23, but the Wildcats should be safely headed to the playoffs.
Waukesha North (5-1, 3-1 in Classic 8). Waukesha North is on the cusp of the first playoff visit in a decade. After knocking off Waukesha South, the Northstars must win one of their final three games, coming against Muskego, Mukwonago and Catholic Memorial. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s looking great.
Waukesha West (4-2, 3-1 in Classic 8). Waukesha West’s Peter MacCudden is going to be the Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year. He was unleashed again as West handed Waukesha North its first loss of the year, and he was perhaps even better in a win over Mukwonago.
Chances still good
Arrowhead (3-3, 2-2 in Classic 8). Arrowhead’s loss to Catholic Memorial in a defensive battle may have put the Warhawks in dire straits when it comes to contending for the league title, but Arrowhead’s remaining schedule should yield the two wins necessary to still get into the playoffs.
Germantown (2-4, 2-2 in North Shore). Germantown had a lead against Whitefish Bay but couldn’t put the game away in a tough loss Sept. 23. It’s not a slam dunk that Germantown will get two league wins in the next four games, but we still like the odds.
Mukwonago (3-3, 2-2 in Classic 8): A loss to Waukesha West makes things more complicated for Mukwonago, but reaching the playoffs remains achievable if the team can take care of business against Kettle Moraine and sneak past Waukesha North or Catholic Memorial.
Oak Creek (4-2, 2-2 in Southeast). Oak Creek crushed Kenosha Tremper in an excellent bounceback after losing to Franklin the week before. The margin for error isn’t enormous, but except the Knights to make the playoff field.
Port Washington (3-3, 2-2 in North Shore) It’s been a back-and-forth season for Port Washington, alternating wins and losses, and the loss to Homestead on Sept. 23 was the latest. But the Pirates are still in good shape, even if the margin for error is slim.
On the fence
Cedarburg (2-4, 2-2 in North Shore). After beating Nicolet, it’s becoming clear that next week’s battle between Germantown and Cedarburg will be an elimination game, with the winner likely heading to the playoffs and the loser in deep trouble.
New Berlin West (2-4, 1-3 in Woodland West). The Lions shut out Wauwatosa West and threw a wrinkle into what appeared like a surefire playoff miss. Dare we say the outlook is actually rosy now. If the Vikings can beat Pius next week, as anticipated, and win the Woodland East crossover in three weeks – where the Vikings should be favored again – then this is probably a playoff team.
South Milwaukee (2-4, 2-2 in Woodland East): Quarterback Jake Simuncak was an absolute monster for the second straight week as the Rockets took down Cudahy in a rivalry battle. For the Rockets, it’s very simple: win next week against Whitnall in what looks like it could be an elimination game as the playoffs go. Lose, and SM will be in a do-or-die situation in a Woodland West crossover game, potentially against New Berlin West.
West Allis Central (3-3, 2-2 in Greater Metro): A win over Menomonee Falls suddenly gives the Bulldogs a very tangible playoff outlook, though the squad would still need to beat Sussex Hamilton in two weeks and take care of business against Wauwatosa East to close the year. But a playoff berth is within reach for the first time since 2004.
Whitnall (3-3, 2-2 in Woodland East). It’s pretty simple for Whitnall – win next week over South Milwaukee, and the Falcons are probably in. Lose, and Whitnall is at the mercy of a Woodland crossover against a West Division that looks awfully talented, and the battle would likely be against New Berlin West.
Dominican (3-3, 2-2 in Metro Classic). Dominican still needs to turn an upset to get into the playoffs for the first time ever. The Knights are clearly on the path in the right direction, but can they pull off the win it takes to move on?
Grafton (1-5, 1-3 in North Shore). A loss to Milwaukee Lutheran makes a playoff berth a very difficult task for the Black Hawks, who must now win out in the tough North Shore.
Kettle Moraine (3-3, 2-2 in Classic 8). Kettle Moraine’s win over Muskego has kept the Lasers in the conversation, but the Lasers must beat two of Arrowhead, Waukesha West and Mukwonago to get to the playoffs. It’s not easy at all, but it’s also not impossible.
Menomonee Falls (2-4, 2-2 in Greater Metro). The outlook for this squad took a dramatic turn for the better with an overtime win over Sussex Hamilton, but the follow up loss to West Allis Central on Sept. 23 has swung the pendulum back the other way. Now, Falls must beat at least one of the Brookfield schools to get in.
St. John's Northwestern (1-5, 1-3 in Midwest Classic). SJNMA lost this week to Brookfield Academy.
Sussex Hamilton (4-2, 2-2 in Greater Metro): Hamilton fell in overtime against Menomonee Falls two weeks ago, and that’s a pretty devastating blow when you consider how strong Brookfield Central and Brookfield East have been this year. The Chargers need to beat at least one of those schools to make the playoffs.
Wauwatosa West (3-3, 1-3 in Woodland West). New Berlin West’s shutout of the Trojans has put Tosa West in a precarious spot. The Trojans must win next week over Pewaukee – a team on the cusp of the Woodland West title – to even stay in the conversation.
Brown Deer (0-6, 0-4 in Woodland East). Brown Deer has had success in recent seasons but hasn’t had the firepower to stay competitive this season.
Cudahy (1-5, 0-4 in Woodland East). Just one touchdown over three Woodland East games proved to be the Packers’ undoing.
Muskego (2-4, 0-4 in Classic 8). Muskego’s loss to Kettle Moraine is the death knell in the Warriors’ playoff hopes. This is a team that was one play away from beating Waukesha West and is an early casualty of the powerful Classic 8. The squad shared the league title each of the past two seasons.
Nicolet (1-5, 0-4 in North shore). For the first time in nearly four full years, Nicolet won a football game in a narrow win over Waukesha South. The Knights have not won since.
St. Thomas More (0-6, 0-4 in Metro Classic). Thomas More has not been able to compete in the Metro Classic in recent years.
Waukesha South (0-6, 0-4 in Classic 8). South has the misfortune of rebuilding at a time when the seven other programs in the league appear to have something cooking.
Wauwatosa East (0-6, 0-4 in Greater Metro). East has been in six one-sided losses thus far.
West Allis Hale (1-5, 0-4 in Greater Metro): Hale fell to Sussex Hamilton on Sept. 23, and the Huskies will look to reboot for 2017.
Asking area football coaches their anonymous thoughts on the greater issues of coaching at the prep level (Updated Sept. 21)
Do you feel the WIAA has done enough to address competitive imbalance among area conferences? If not (and I realize there may not be an easy answer here), what more could they do?
Coach 1: I think they should have super conferences of 16 teams and the bottom two of the top half switch with the top two of the bottom half each year. This way, even the worst 8 could compete for a conference divisional title.
Coach 2: Line up, and we will play them. I’m not overly concerned about it, to be honest.
Coach 3: Our job as high school coaches and competitors is to develop the student-athletes we have in our school and compete against the opponents we are given. We are huge believers in controlling the controllable. Conference realignment is outside our control.
Coach 4: The No. 1 criteria for competitive imbalance should be enrollment. Period.
Coach 5: The WIAA is in an impossible position. The WFCA's district plan addressed this a few years ago. Hopefully, the district plan (football-only conferences) gets another look.
Standings (league, overall)
|West Allis Central||2||2||3||3|
|West Allis Hale||0||4||1||5|
|Kenosha Indian Trail||4||0||5||1|
Woodland - West
|New Berlin Eisenhower||3||1||4||2|
|New Berlin West||1||3||2||4|
Woodland - East
Wisconsin Little Ten
|West Bend East||1||3||1||5|
|West Bend West||0||4||0||6|
|Lake Country Lutheran||4||0||6||0|
|Living Word Lutheran||1||3||2||4|
|Kenosha Christian Life||0||4||0||6|
|Racine St. Catherine's||3||1||4||2|
|Kenosha St. Joseph||3||1||4||2|
|St. Thomas More||0||4||0||6|
Circle the calendar
Friday, Sept. 30
Franklin at Kenosha Indian Trail. The Southeast Conference title could very well come down to this battle in Kenosha, with both teams at 4-0 in league play thus far. Follow Steven Tietz for updates.
Mukwonago at Waukesha North. Even as we start to get some handle on the Classic 8 title chase, there remains a number of big games left on the schedule. Both teams are looking for a playoff berth – and North could clinch its first since 2006 with a win. It’s a colossal battle for both sides. Follow Evan Frank for updates.
Greenfield at Messmer/Shorewood. The winner of this game gets the Woodland East title. Will it be the preseason favorite Greenfield or the upstart co-op program looking to upset the apple cart as it gears up for a return to the postseason for the first time since 2013. Follow Dan Zielinski for Twitter updates.
Germantown at Cedarburg. This might very well be a playoff game. The winner is all but assured a spot in the postseason, and the loser is behind the 8-ball.
Kettle Moraine at Arrowhead. Normally, this would be a game you’d expect Arrowhead to win, but the Lasers are fighting for their playoff lives and the Warhawks seem at least slightly vulnerable, even if the win-loss record suggests a team that’s struggling to make the playoffs themselves. Follow Chuck Delsman for updates.
New Berlin Eisenhower at Greendale. This is, at least a curiosity between two strong Woodland West teams, though it seems both are looking up at Pewaukee in the chase for the league title – though Wauwatosa West (who plays Pewaukee this week) did upset the Pirates last year. Follow Andrew Gruman for updates.
Catholic Memorial at Waukesha West. This has the feel of a Classic 8 title clash, with Memorial at 4-0 in league play and Waukesha West looking like the top contender to unseat the Crusaders.
Slinger at Oconomowoc. Every game is an adventure for the Oconomowoc football team, though the Raccoons will still be favored in this homecoming battle as they continue looking for a second straight Wisconsin Little Ten title. Follow JR Radcliffe for updates.
Stat leaders (Through Week 6)
- Jake Simuncak, South Milwaukee, 1,218
- Peter MacCudden, Waukesha West, 1,018
- Zach Heckman, Brookfield Central, 1,017
- Spencer Papandrea, Arrowhead, 763
- Max Meleski, New Berlin West, 762
- Paris Howell, Wauwatosa West, 715
- Darios Garrett, Martin Luther, 665
- James McCray, St. Francis, 628
- Bradley Woldt, Homestead, 605
- Nick Mirasola, Sussex Hamilton, 604
- Rayvon Barlett Jr., Greenfield, 597
- Marcus Arteaga, Whitnall, 538
- Seth Bickett, Pewaukee, 538
- Matt Ruppel, Port Washington, 525
- Tony Wojnowski, Catholic Memorial, 521
- Zach Heckman, Brookfield Central, 16
- Jake Simuncak, South Milwaukee, 16
- Paris Howell, Wauwatosa West, 13
- Peter MacCudden, Waukesha West, 11
- Bradley Woldt, Homestead, 10
- Ezekiel Banks, Greenfield, 10
- Nick Mirasola, Sussex Hamilton, 9
- Marcus Arteaga, Whitnall, 9
- Zach Genrich, Mukwonago, 8
- Darios Garrett, Martin Luther, 8
- James McCray, St. Francis, 8
- Joey Scaffidi, New Berlin Eisenhower, 8
- Max Meleski, New Berlin West, 8
- Max Duchow, Kettle Moraine, 1,587
- Ben Nienhuis, Oconomowoc, 1,574
- Brennan Demark, Waukesha North, 1,522
- Rayvon Bartlett Jr., Greenfield, 1,334
- Bryce Miller, New Berlin Eisenhower, 1,232
- Cade Garcia, Whitefish Bay, 1,168
- Mitchell Gnadt, Greendale, 1,030
- Ian Francis, Brookfield Academy, 979
- Nik Mueller, Martin Luther, 944
- Ben Nimz, Catholic Memorial, 936
- Bo Bennett, Dominican, 926
- Michael Johnson, West Allis Hale, 924
- Jacob Flores, Whitnall, 887
- Grayson Cooley, Waukesha South, 856
- Drew Leszczynski, Brookfield Central, 798
- Brennan Demark, Waukesha North, 20
- Ian Francis, Brookfield Academy, 16
- Rayvon Bartlett Jr., Greenfield, 16
- Ben Nienhuis, Oconomowoc, 15
- Bryce Miller, New Berlin Eisenhower, 15
- Max Duchow, Kettle Moraine, 13
- Cade Garcia, Whitefish Bay, 12
- Mitchell Gnadt, Greendale, 11
- Max Alba, Franklin, 10
- Jakup Sinani, Oak Creek, 10
- Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc, 897
- Sam DeLany, Kettle Moraine, 757
- Thomas Gibson, Brookfield Central, 629
- Alex Anthony, Whitefish Bay, 599
- Kendall Gould, Waukesha North, 540
- Zach Harrison, Greendale, 512
- Kyle Lewis, Franklin, 496
- Ben Psicihulis, Kettle Moraine, 492
- Max Cooper, Catholic Memorial, 459
- Tripp Grebe, University School, 452
- Ethan Wittenburg, Franklin, 448
- Jonathan Jensen, Brookfield Academy, 424
- Ryan Harvey-Turner, Oak Creek, 411
- Michael Kirkendoll, Whitefish Bay, 378
- Taylor Anderson, Waukesha North, 353
- Zach Clayton, Oconomowoc, 9
- Max Cooper, Catholic Memorial, 8
- Kendall Gould, Waukesha North, 7
- Thomas Gibson, Brookfield Central, 7
- Ben Psicihulis, Kettle Moraine, 6
- Jonathan Jensen, Brookfield Academy, 6
- Alex Anthony, Whitefish Bay, 6
- Ethan Wittenburg, Franklin, 6
- Ryan Harvey-Turner, Oak Creek, 6
- Zach Harrison, Greendale, 6
- All statistics based JSOnline database powered by wissports.net. Coaches can report inaccurate statistics to email@example.com for inclusion.
By the numbers
WIAA state titles
- 6 Arrowhead (2013, 2012, 2007, 1996, 1994, 1993)
- 4 Homestead (2012, 2008, 2006, 1999)
- 2 Waukesha West (2010, 2004), Germantown (2003, 1998), New Berlin Eisenhower (1996, 1995)
- 1 Catholic Memorial (2012), Franklin (2006), Mukwonago (2004), Cudahy (1994), Kettle Moraine (1988), Grafton (1982), Menomonee Falls (1976, as Falls East)
- 7 Arrowhead (2015, 2014, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000)
- 3 Catholic Memorial (2015, 2010, 2001), Brookfield Central (2006, 2002, 1999)
- 2 Waukesha West (2015, 2014) , Greendale (2013, 2006), Menomonee Falls (2009, 1985), Oak Creek (1998, 1997), Germantown (1997, 1979), New Berlin Eisenhower (1989, 1986), Port Washington (1990, 1974), Grafton (1984, 1977)
- 1 Franklin (2013), Cedarburg (2010), Homestead (2007), St. Francis (2004), Sussex Hamilton (2000), Muskego (1994), Waukesha South (1989), New Berlin West (1988), Oconomowoc (1987), Waukesha North (1983), Wauwatosa West (1982), Cudahy (1982)
Current streak of playoff berths (through 2015)
- 20 Arrowhead
- 17 Homestead
- 15 Franklin
- 11 Cedarburg, Greendale, Pewaukee
- 9 Catholic Memorial, Waukesha West, Whitefish Bay
- 8 Lake Country Lutheran
- 6 Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Germantown
- 5 Oak Creek
- 3 Greenfield, University School
- 2 Brookfield Academy, Muskego, St. Francis
- 1 Cudahy, New Berlin Eisenhower, Oconomowoc, Wauwatosa West, Whitnall
- 0 Brown Deer (last: 2014); Menomonee Falls (2014); Mukwonago (2014); South Milwaukee (2014); Sussex Hamilton (2014); Messmer/Shorweood (2013), New Berlin West (2013), St. Thomas More (2013), Martin Luther (2012), St. John's Northwestern (2012), Kettle Moraine (2008), Port Washington (2008), West Allis Hale (2008), Wauwatosa East (2007), Waukesha North (2006), West Allis Central (2004), Waukesha South (1999), Grafton (1997), Nicolet (1989)