Rock Valley Preview
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Jefferson (2-1 conference; 4-1 overall) at Evansville (2-1; 3-2) - Game of the Week
7 p.m., Friday, September 27th
Jefferson Eagles have a sour taste in their mouth after losing their homecoming game in front of a packed crowd last week 28-13 to Edgerton. This week’s game against the Evansville Blue Devils not only will mean sole possession of second place in the Rock Valley North but also a confidence booster for this club. An Eagles defense that looked to be very talented got exposed greatly against Edgerton’s Ricky Williams who rushed for 243 yards. The Eagles look to get back in the win column this week and show everyone that their defense is still something to be talked about. An always-bright stop for this Eagles team is star running back Garrett Blaeske, who besides Williams is the second leading rusher in the conference with 919 yards. The Eagles signal caller senior Andrew Braheir struggled last week, only completing two passes but against a Blue Devil defense that struggles against the run, Braheir may only need to hand the ball off for his team to get the win. The Eagles have to be extra motivated for this matchup because with a win and an Edgerton loss to East Troy tonight the Eagles are right back in the conference champ picture. The Eagles main goal tonight is to stop the all around play of Blue Devils quarterback Matt Sperry. Sperry not only can throw the ball but also fill up the stat sheet with his feet; he has 471 combined yards on the season.
The Blue Devil's are lucky to be in the position that they are in the standings. That’s because they barely beat a very talented Whitewater team last week, 21-20. The Blue Devil's could easily be sitting with a 1-2 conference record right now and in high school football a single loss could make or break a successful season. The Blue Devil's are led by three outstanding seniors on the offensive side of the ball. Sperry is their do it all quarterback, wide-out Isiah Shell who has 288 receiving yards on the season and running back Ryan Cashore. Cashore has 218 rushing yards and the closest behind him on the stat sheet is Sperry with 88 yards. This shows how important Cashore is too this team, with the Blue Devils not having many options at running back if Cashore went down. The Blue Devils will have their hands full tonight on offense, going against an Eagles defense that kept Edgerton in check the entire first half, which not many teams have been able to do. This game is not only big for the Blue Devils team but also the football community. The Blue Devils have not been much to talk about the last few years on the gridiron and a win tonight could be just the thing this team needs before getting into the second half of the season. This should be a great matchup tonight between two teams that are hungry to still be in the hunt for the conference crown.
Big Foot (2-0; 5-0) at Clinton (1-1; 3-2)
7 p.m., Friday, September 27th
Big Foot Chiefs don’t need any introduction, everyone knows who they are and what they stand for. The Chiefs always have talent and always produce great football players. This is evident by just looking at their record, undefeated on the season and having fun doing it. The Chiefs got their third shutout of the season last Friday, beating Beloit Turner 63-0. As for many of the games this year, Coach Wedig has the opportunity to put in all his younger guys in after halftime to get them valuable experience. The Chiefs are the only team in the Rock Valley Conference that has the ability to do that, because when they win, they win big. In the Chiefs last two victories have outscored their opponents 112-14, the competition won’t start getting difficult until the playoffs begin but this team should not take any opponent lightly. The Chiefs know that they have a target on their back all season long and it would make an opponents season if they could knock off the six time conference champs.
There is no much you can say about this Chief’s team besides pure dominance, they are led by their three seniors Brett Morris, Gus Wedig and Tim Long. Morris a great pocket passer, Wedig a big 6’4 receiver and key linebacker, and Long a power running back that always keeps his feet moving. The Clinton Cougars will be a much tougher opponent then the Chiefs faced last week but shouldn’t strike fear in an undefeated season. The Cougars are coming off an ugly loss last week to Brodhead, 52-26 and are facing an even tougher opponent this week. The Cougars would love nothing more than to come out with a win tonight after facing the two toughest teams in their division back to back. Quarterback Derrick Severson leads his team in passing and rushing yards, with 368 yards through the air and 637 on the ground. The Chief’s defense will need to have a key eye on Severson all game long, since he is really the Cougars only playmaker. Jacob Marchillo is the starting running back for the Cougars but doesn’t get a lot of touches with Severson handling the football most of the game. Against a stout defense like the Chief’s the Cougars will need to find more guys that can make plays if they want to come out with a win Friday night. The Chiefs’ defense is too big and strong for one player on the opposing team to beat them. The Chief’s come into this game wanting to keep their undefeated record alive and the ultimate goal of winning a seventh straight Rock Valley South title. The Cougars hope to get momentum back after getting man-handled last week and now getting to play in front of their home crowd.
Other Upcoming Games This Week
Kickoff at 7 p.m.
East Troy (1-2) (2-3) at Edgerton (3-0) (4-1)
McFarland (1-2) (2-3) at Whitewater (1-2) (3-2)
Brodhead (2-0) (4-1) at Palmyra-Eagle (1-1) (2-3)
Beloit Turner (0-2) (1-4) at Parkview (0-2) (0-5)
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