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Big 8 Week 7 Preview

Oct 05, 2012 -- 10:21am


Big 8 Week 7 Preview

Janesville Parker vs. Sun Prairie at Cardinals Heights Upper Middle School

            The Janesville Parker Vikings will travel to Sun Prairie to take on the Cardinals this evening in a battle between two of the conferences elite running backs. Donte Starlin-Merriam from Sun Prairie and Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins from Parker sit at first and third respectively in the conference in rushing yards. For Starlin-Merriam, who has 846 yards on the season, this game should be an opportunity to rack up some more yards and add to his total of eight touchdowns on the season. Vance-Jenkins on the other hand will, in all likelihood, have much more of a struggle gaining yards going up against one of the best defenses in the entire state. Sun Prairie has yet to allow more than seven points in any contest this year and the Cardinal defense effectively shutdown the Middleton rushing attack a week ago in route to the second shutout of the season for this defense. The last time these two teams met the Cardinals narrowly beat the Vikings 18-17 last season so look for this game to be a tough, grind it out type contest. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Cardinals Heights Upper Middle School.

Madison Memorial vs. Madison La Follette at Lussier Stadium

            Both of these teams have had what some may say is a disappointing season so far. Both sit at 3-3 on the season and both teams believe they could have performed a little better in some contests earlier on. For Madison Memorial, all three losses have come at the hands of conference juggernauts in Madison West, Verona and Sun Prairie. Same goes for La Follette as well. All three of the Lancer losses came at the hands of West, Verona and Sun Prairie as well but La Follette had close contests against Sun Prairie, a 13-6 loss, and West, a 14-6 loss. This Lancer team has proved it can compete with some of the conferences top dogs but will have to prove it once again going up against Madison Memorial who boasts the conference most explosive offense. Memorial is led by Joe Ferguson at quarterback and his two top weapons in Jester Weah and Daurice Fountain are two of the best wide receivers in the conference. La Follette counters with a potent passing attack as well as Lancer quarterback Troy Teigen is second in the conference in passing yards right behind Ferguson, who is first. The last time these two teams played, La Follette had its way with Memorial in a 24-9 contest. This season, look for a much higher scoring affair as two of the conferences best quarterbacks square off. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Lussier Stadium.

Beloit Memorial vs. Madison West at Mansfeild Stadium

            The Beloit Memorial Purple Knights will travel to Madison to take on Madison West in a game that could solidify the Regents chances of a favorable seed in the playoffs. Beloit Memorial was riding a 29 game losing streak this season but that was eventually snapped against Madison East two weeks ago. Madison West has been an awesome story this season as the Regents sit at 5-1 on the season after going 1-8 a year ago. Quarterback Alex Brown has led the Regents this season and hopes this magical year continues with an extended stay in the playoffs. Memorial quarterback Denzel Barnes has also had a fabulous year and is looking to lead the Knights to the second victory of the season. Last season, West beat up on Beloit for the Regents only win of the year in a 33-7 contest that was never really in question. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Mansfeild Stadium.

Middleton vs. Janesville Craig at Monterey Stadium of Janesville

            Middleton must respond this week against Janesville Craig if the Cardinals hope to have a good draw in the playoff seeding’s come seasons end. After back-to-back losses to both Verona and Sun Prairie, Middleton went from first in the Big 8 to being fourth in the conference. Jevarious Rockmore is still the second leading rusher in the conference so Middleton will rely heavily on him to finish out the season on a positive note after being kept out of the end zone in both previous games. Janesville Craig will welcome back the schools prior graduates as the Cougars celebrate homecoming this weekend. Wide receiver Darian Sharifi is the second leading pass catcher in the conference with 333 yards so far this season and quarterback Andy Miller has filled in nicely for Craig this season with 581 yards through the air. The Cardinals took care of business last season against the Cougars in a 24-14 game and will look to do the same this year if Middleton has aspirations on a playoff run. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Monterey Stadium.

Madison East vs. Verona Area High School at Verona Area High School

            Verona will welcome in the Madison East Purgolders this week as the Wildcats also celebrate homecoming this weekend. Since the week one loss to Sun Prairie, Verona has looked every bit like the team from a year ago that took home the conference championship. Running back Dom Wise is fully healed and is set to continue his stellar season the remainder of the year and into the playoffs. While the Wildcats will in all likelihood have to hand over the conference crown to Sun Prairie, Verona is still a team no one wants to face come playoff time because of a potent rushing attack led by Wise and a defense that can shut down opponents. On the other side, Madison East has had a forgettable season. With a 0-6 record, the Purgolders will likely finish winless this year and will have a long, cold winter. East has only scored seven total touchdowns this year and has not really been in any game this season for the most part. Last year, Verona thrashed East 56-21 and the outcome of this game doesn’t look to be any different than it was a season ago. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. from Verona Area High School.

By:Tyler Zavadsky

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