Rock Valley Preview
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Jefferson (3-2 conference; 5-2 overall) at Whitewater (2-3; 4-3) - Game of the Week
7 p.m., Friday, October 11th
Jefferson has to be happy that last weeks game didn’t count in the conference standings. That’s because they lost to Brodhead 6-0, on a Jefferson Eagles Field that looked like it was covered in mud. Neither offense could get going, as there as more slipping players and fumbles than points scored. The Eagles are still sitting in a good place; they are second in the conference and are now focused on a good playoff seeding. The Edgerton Crimson Tide are 5-0 in the Rock Valley North and unless they have a monumental collapse they will win the conference. The Eagles look to get back on track this week but it won’t be as easy as past years. That’s because they are going on the road to face a very improved Whitewater Whippets football team. Looking at the standings, the Whippets are at the bottom of the barrel but with the rest of the teams having similar records, a win tonight could jump the Whippets to a second place tie with the Eagles. The Eagles will still use their ground and pound game on Friday night to wear down the Whippets defense. Last week was the first time star running back Garrett Blauske was held to under 50 yards at the half. The Eagles surely have a bad taste in their mouth after a single touchdown last week would have given them the win over Brodhead. This is a crucial game for the Eagles, as they have not lost back-to-back games all year. They also have been known to struggle on the road and if they can’t get their running game going to could spell trouble. The Whippets on the other hand are lead by junior quarterback Scott Gorsuch, even though he didn’t play on the team last year he is second on the conference with 828 passing yards. The Whippet have not had a quarterback in a long time that can air it out and also get yards on the ground. Gorsuch is the second leading rusher on the team and that means he isn’t afraid to take off if no one is open. This game is also crucial for the Whippets; if they win this game it will boost them all the way up to a second place tie with the Eagles. Second place in the conference is a position that the Whippets haven’t been apart of much but have hopes for this year. The game will come down too if the Whippets can stop the excellent running duo of Blauske and Garrett Ebert, these two have combined for over 200 yards per game. On the Whippets side of things, if they can stop the running game and Gorsuch can make some big throws; Whitewater could come out victorious tonight.
Big Foot (3-0; 7-0) at Palmyra-Eagle (1-2; 2-5)
7 p.m., Friday, October 11th
Big Foot is still what everyone thought they would be, undefeated in conference and rolling into this Friday night too take on a very vulnerable Palmyra-Eagle team. The Big Foot Chiefs beat the Whitewater Whippets last week 42-0, to keep their hot streak going. The Chiefs know if they take care of business this week then they can now look forward too next week’s huge matchup against undefeated Brodhead. The Chiefs have had a running clock in the second half the last three games they’ve played, this just goes to show how dominate this team is. Tim Long, Gus Wedig and Brett Morris, that’s all you need to say about Chiefs football. These three players are the do-it all for this team and cannot be stopped. I feel bad for the Palmyra team this week that is going to have to face a monumental task of trying to slow down this Chief’s team. Palmyra is coming off a 27-21 loss to McFarland last week and is looking to improve their win total at home. Palmyra unfortunately has had trouble with teams this year that possess a good running attack and that’s just what the Chiefs have. Running back Tim Long is the big brusher who will carry the pile and extend the play. Long leads the conference with 1,085 rushing yards and he doesn’t even play in the second half of games. This Chiefs team is scary good and Palmyra is going to witness it first had tonight. Unless the Chiefs starters miss the bus or someone gets injured I don’t see a way that Palmyra can win this game. Palmyra must take full control of this game from start to finish if they want to walk off the field victorious. They must control the running back of Long and also get pressure on Brett Morris who can put the ball anywhere on the field. The way to beat Big Foot is to wear them down on the offensive side of the ball, no team this year has been able to stop the Chief’s running attack yet and now Palmyra gets a chance to try. Palmyra can win this game if they are perfect on offense and can get some crucial turnovers from the Chiefs. Palmyra is hoping to catch the Chief’s thinking ahead to next week’s matchup against Brodhead then the game they have tomorrow night.
Other Upcoming Games This Week
Kickoff at 7 p.m.
Parkview (0-3) (0-7) at Brodhead (3-0) (6-1)
Beloit Turner (1-2) (2-5) at Clinton (1-2) (3-4)
Edgerton (5-0) (6-1) at McFarland (2-3) (3-4)
East Troy (2-3) (3-4) at Evansville (3-2) (4-3)
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