Wisconsin’s Quintez Cephus shines while playing for late father

MADISON — This season the University of Wisconsin football has had a relatively inconsistent passing game. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been up and down, tight end Troy Fumagalli and wide receiver Jazz Peavy have been in and out of the lineup with injuries, and freshman wide receiver Danny Davis has been learning on the fly. The most consistent part of the air attack has been sophomore wide receiver Quintez Cephus.

Cephus entered the season with very limited experience and an extremely tumultuous offseason in which he had to deal with the murder of his father, Andre Taylor, last April. Understandably, there have been difficult moments for him, just as there are for anyone who loses a loved one unexpectedly.

“My teammates have been there for me through the season, through all my trials and tribulations,” Cephus said. “My coaches, everybody, have always been a shoulder for me to lean on. I’m thankful to be where I am and to have the people around me that support me.”

While he’s been able to lean on teammates and coaches for support mentally and emotionally, the offense has been able to lean on him at times as well.

“I’m just pumped for him,” offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said. “Quintez busts his tail, and he gives everything he possibly can with a smile on his face and great energy. I think a lot of things are coming his way and I love it. I think he’s got a great heartbeat to what this offense needs to be. I love his energy and I love what he’s bringing to this offense and this team.”

So far on the season, Cephus has put up the best receiving numbers on the team for the Badgers. He’s made 23 grabs for 401 yards and five touchdowns in the first six games of the season. Everything he’s doing this season comes with a heavy heart and his late father on his mind.

“Any time I make a good play or a bad play I want to make him happy. Either way it goes. He’s always with me. Any moment whether it’s good or bad I’m always thinking about him.” Cephus said.

The Badgers are sitting at 6-0 for the first time since 2011 and are currently ranked fifth in the AP Top 25. Cephus has played a big role in that success, and it’s something he thinks his father would be proud of.

“It’s crazy to think about, but I know he would be really excited for me. He would probably be talking about me right now if he was here,” Cephus said. “[Despite] everything that’s has happened to me, as I pray and talk to God, I think things are going to work out for me. As long as I keep working hard and have faith, I think things will continue to be great for me.”

Before deciding on Wisconsin as his destination to play football, Cephus was actually committed to Furman to play basketball. The Macon, Ga., native loves LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and still has passion for the game of basketball that almost led him to the hardwood rather than the gridiron.

“I was about to go there [Furman],” Cephus said. “I was committed and signing day was coming. At the last second I wanted to come here and I know my dad wanted me to come here and play football. I felt like that was the right decision for me.”

Cephus made a decision that not only the Badgers are happy with, but one that honors his late father as well.

Wisconsin releases depth chart ahead of season opener

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin football team opens the season on Friday night, and on Sunday the team released its official two-deep depth chart.

Among the noteworthy decisions are the inclusion of four true freshmen slated to get reps in the two-deep: LS Adam Bay (starter), QB Jack Coan (backup), WR Danny Davis (backup), RB Jonathan Taylor (committee).

With Jack Cichy out for the year with a torn ACL, Ryan Connelly and T.J. Edwards will get the start at the two inside linebacker spots. Hawaii transfer Nick Nelson will supersede Jazz Peavy as the main punt returner, while A.J. Taylor will take the majority of the kick returns over Chris James.

You can see how the depth chart compares to Zach Heilprin’s predictions here.

OFFENSE
QB | Alex Hornibrook, Jack Coan
RB | Bradrick Shaw OR Chris James OR Jonathan Taylor
FB | Austin Ramesh, Alec Ingold
WR | Jazz Peavy, A.J. Taylor
WR | Quintez Cephus, Dannby Davis
TE | Troy Fumagalli, Kyle Penniston/Zander Neuville
LT | Michael Deiter, Cole Van Lanen
LG | Jon Dietzen, Micah Kapoi
C | Tyler Biadasz, Brett Connors
RG | Beau Benzschawel, Jason Erdmann/David Moorman
RT | David Edwards, Patrick Kasl

DEFENSE
DE | Alec James, Chikwe Obasih
NT | Olive Sagapolu, Garrett Rand
DE | Conor Sheehy, Isaahh Loudermilk
OLB | Garret Dooley, Andrew Van Ginkel
ILB | Ryan Connelly, Arrington Farrar
ILB | T.J. Edwards, Chris Orr
OLB | Leon Jacobs, Tyler Johnson
CB | Derrick Tindal, Dontye Carriere-Williams
SS | D’Cota Dixon, Joe Ferguson
FS | Natrell Jamerson, Patrick Johnson
CB | Nick Nelson, Lubern Figaro

SPECIAL TEAMS
P | Anthony Lotti, Connor Allen
FG | Rafael Gaglianone, Zach Hintze
KO | P.J. Rosowski, Zach Hintze
LS | Adam Bay, Josh Bernhagen
H | Connor Allen, P.J. Rosowski
PR | Nick Nelson, Jazz Peavy
KR | A.J. Taylor, Chris James

New faces, numbers added to Wisconsin’s 2017 roster

MADISON — Wisconsin has released an updated football roster for the 2017 season.

Here are some of the more notables changes:

New numbers

S Patrick Johnson — No. 2 (22)
WR Kendric Pryor — No. 3 (27)
WR A.J. Taylor — No. 4 (84)
S Joe Ferguson — No. 8 (36)
OLB Christian Bell — No. 55 (49)

New freshmen numbers

WR Danny Davis III — No. 6
QB Jack Coan — No. 10
QB Danny Vanden Boom — No. 15
CB Faion Hicks — No. 20
WR Cade Green — No. 22
RB Jonathan Taylor — No. 23
CB Madison Cone — No. 24
S Scott Nelson — No. 25
LB Izayah Green-May — No. 50
LS Adam Bay — No. 51
OL Logan Bruss — No. 60
OL Tyler Beach — No. 65
DE Aaron Vopal — No. 69
OL Alex Fenton — No. 73
OL Kayden Lyles — No. 76
WR Emmet Perry — No. 82
TE Jake Ferguson — No. 84
WR Deron Harrell — No. 89

Bulking up

Wisconsin is all about the big guys and several have added a significant amount of weight from what they were listed at prior to last season.

LT David Edwards — +30 to 315 lbs
RT Patrick Kasl — +34 to 325 lbs
C Tyler Biadasz — +25 to 316 lbs
LT Cole Van Lanen — +20 to 307 lbs
DE Isaiahh Loudermilk — +29 to 306 lbs
DE Billy Hirschfeld — +15 to 305 lbs
ILB Arrington Farrar — +17 to 237 lbs
ILB Griffin Grady — +14 to 225 lbs
RB Bradrick Shaw — +9 to 220 lbs
RB Chris James — +11 to 219 lbs
WR Quintez Cephus — +10 to 205 lbs
WR A.J. Taylor — +8 to 202 lbs
WR George Rushing — +8 to 200 lbs
S Natrell Jamerson — +10 to 198 lbs

No longer around

Offseason attrition is normal in college football, and Wisconsin had its share before and after spring practice.

(* indicates a walk-on)

* TE Mitchell Herl
DE Jake Hescock (transfer)
* LB Max Praschak (transfer to UW-River Falls)
* RB Troy Laufenberg
* S Bret Verstegen
* WR Jack Popp
LB Dallas Jeanty (transfer)
* OL Kelly Thomas
OL Kevin Estes (medical non-counter waiver being pursued)
* Ian Dretzka

Former Wisconsin RB Dare Ogunbowale Joins The Joe & Ebo Show

MADISON | It’s an exciting time for a handful of Wisconsin Football players as the NFL Draft nears.

Eyeing up a professional career and possibly being drafted in just a few weeks, former Badgers running back, Dare Ogunbowale, joined the Joe & Ebo Show to talk about his future in the NFL.

Take a listen below:

Best of luck, Dare!

Catch the Joe & Ebo Show weekdays from 8a-11a on 106.7FM/1670AM The Zone.

Cotton Bowl: Wisconsin defense vs Western Michigan offense

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Monday afternoon, Wisconsin and Western Michigan will battle in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl from AT&T Stadium.

It’ll pit the Big Ten runner-up (10-3) against an unbeaten (13-0) MAC champion in a game fans have shown little interest in. But for the 65,018 fans who attended the Big Ten championship game against Penn State, this game could have a similar makeup. Wisconsin ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game. On the flip side, Western Michigan’s offense ranks eighth in scoring offense, putting up 43.5 points per game.

So which team has the advantage?

Western Michigan offense

The Broncos are led by quarterback Zach Terrell, who’s only thrown three interceptions this season, compared with his 32 touchdowns and 70.8 percent completion rate. His favorite target is receiver Corey Davis, who ranked ninth nationally with 1,427 yards this season. He also ranked second with 18 touchdowns.

Western Michigan is also adept at avoiding turnovers as a whole. Their first turnover of the season didn’t come until week seven in a 41-0 win over Akron. They have just seven as a team all year.

Wisconsin defense

It’s been another great year for the Badger defense, despite losing defensive coordinator Dave Aranda this offseason. Taking over was Justin Wilcox, who’s led Wisconsin to the No. 7 defense in terms of yards allowed at 303 per game. As mentioned earlier, the Badgers also rank among the nation’s stingiest, giving up just 15. points per game.

Then there’s the secondary, full of ball hawks that have secured 21 takeaways by interception this season. That ranks third in the nation.

Intangibles

Trying to remove all bias, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Wisconsin’s schedule has proven them to be battle tested. The Badgers have faced six Top 10 teams in 2016, while the Broncos of Western Michigan will go up against their first defense ranked inside the Top 50.

PETITION: A Great Dayne Injustice

MADISON | The NCAA says Ron Dayne is no longer the FBS career-rushing holder despite him running for more yards than anyone else.

San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey broke the NCAA’s all-time record for rushing yards in a career on Saturday, going for 115 yards in the Aztecs’ 34-10 win against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. The senior finished his career with 6,405 yards, topping the previous mark of 6,397 yards held by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne since 1999.

Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘didn’t Dayne have more yards than that?” Well, yes, yes he did! The NCAA says Dayne’s career total was 6,397, the Wisconsin record book puts it at 7,125 yards. Why the discrepancy? Well, the NCAA didn’t start counting bowl stats until 2002, meaning the 725 yards Dayne ran for his four bowl games, including three 200-yard outings, aren’t counted in the official stats.

The numbers don’t lie, and they are there, but the NCAA doesn’t want anything to do with that.

Sign the petition to recognize Ron Dayne is the real All-time rushing leader!

SIGN HERE : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-great-dayne-injustice-ron-dayne-the-true-ncaa

Let’s make this happen.

Monona Grove, Darlington qualify for WIAA State finals

MADISON, Wis. — Camp Randall Stadium will play host to seven WIAA high school football championship games Thursday and Friday, with Monona Grove and Darlington getting another crack at a State title.

After three straight years of getting tripped up in the Division 6 WIAA title game, Darlington hopes to break a trend Thursday taking on Regis. It’s Darlington’s fourth straight championship game appearance.

Monona Grove has gone on a short drought, qualifying for its first State championship game since 2013. That game ended in a 21-17 win over Greendale. This year’s Division 2 matchup pits them against Brookfield East on Friday.

Thursday matchups

Div. 7: Edgar vs. Shullsburg | 10 a.m.
Div. 6: Regis vs. Darlington | 1 p.m.
Div. 5: Amherst vs. Cedar Grove-Belgium | 4 p.m.
Div. 4: St. Croix Central vs. River Valley | 7 p.m.

Friday matchups

Div. 3:  Notre Dame vs. Catholic Memorial | 10 a.m.
Div. 2:  Brookfield East vs. Monona Grove | 1 p.m.
Div. 1:  Kimberly  vs. Franklin | 4 p.m.

WIAA football level 2 results

MADISON, Wis. — Several area high school football teams moved on to the third level of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs Friday night, including Middleton, Monona Grove, and Monroe.

Division 1

Middleton 22, Madison La Follette 17

Badger 22, Verona 14

Franklin 31, Oak Creek 28

Marquette 31, Racine Horlick 15

Fond du Lac 38, Milwaukee King 6

Kimberly 42, Appleton West 7

Stevens Point 42, Hudson 27

Bay Port 62, D. C. Everest 12

Division 2

Monona Grove 45, Waunakee 20

Waukesha West 49, Watertown 14

Homestead 31, Germantown 7

Whitefish Bay 48, Greenfield 31

Brookfield East 27, Menomonee Falls 3

Brookfield Central 28, Hartford 7

Pulaski 56, Holmen 49

Menomonie 31, Green Bay Southwest 13

Division 3

Monroe 41, Fort Atkinson 40

Pewaukee 28, Delavan-Darien 7

Catholic Memorial 30, Wisconsin Lutheran 27

Kewaskum 14, Plymouth 6

Luxemburg-Casco 28, West De Pere 7

Notre Dame 35, Antigo 0

New Richmond 55, Onalaska 29

Rice Lake 27, La Crosse Logan 23

WIAA football playoff pairings

The high school football regular season is over and now it’s on to the playoffs. Below are the pairings with Madison-area teams listed in bold.
Division 1
Group A:
Game 1: Appleton North (#8) at Bay Port (#1) @Bay Port | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: D.C. Everest (#5) at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (#4) @Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Chippewa Falls (#6) at Hudson (#3) @Hudson | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Green Bay Preble (#7) at Stevens Point (#2) @Stevens Point | Friday, 07:00 PM
Group B:
Game 1: Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (#8) at Kimberly (#1) @ Kimberly | Papermaker Stadium | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Neenah (#5) at Appleton West (#4) @ Banta Bowl | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Milw Morse-Marsh/Carmen/Juneau/Lang (#6) at Milwaukee King (#3) @ Milwaukee King at Custer Stadium | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Milw Wash/Science/Collegiate (#7) at Fond du Lac (#2) @Fond du Lac | Fruth Field | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Madison La Follette (#8) at Sun Prairie (#1) @Sun Prairie | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Middleton (#5) at Oconomowoc (#4) @Oconomowoc | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Arrowhead (#6) at Verona (#3) @Verona | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Madison West (#7) at Badger (#2) @Badger | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon (#8) at Franklin (#1) @Franklin | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Kenosha Bradford/Reuther (#5) at Oak Creek (#4) @Oak Creek | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Kenosha Indian Trail (#6) at Racine Horlick (#3) @Racine Horlick | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir (#7) at Marquette (#2) @Marquette | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 2
Group A:
Game 1: Wausau West (#8) at Menomonie (#1) @Menomonie | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Ashwaubenon (#5) at Green Bay Southwest (#4) @Green Bay Southwest | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Pulaski (#6) at Hortonville (#3) @Hortonville | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Holmen (#7) at Superior (#2) @Superior | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Wauwatosa West (#8) at Brookfield Central (#1) @Brookfield Central | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Oshkosh North (#5) at Hartford (#4) @Hartford | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Cedarburg (#6) at Brookfield East (#3) @Brookfield East | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Menomonee Falls (#7) at Menasha (#2) @Menasha | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: DeForest (#8) at Waunakee (#1) @Waunakee | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Monona Grove (#5) at Waterford (#4) @Waterford | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Stoughton (#6) at Waukesha West (#3) @Waukesha West | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Watertown (#7) at Wilmot (#2) @Wilmot | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Milwaukee Bradley (#8) at Homestead (#1) @Homestead | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Shorewood/Messmer (#5) at Germantown (#4) @Germantown | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learn. (#6) at Greenfield (#3) @Greenfield | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: South Milwaukee (#7) at Whitefish Bay (#2) @Whitefish Bay | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 3
Group A:
Game 1: Merrill (#8) at Rice Lake (#1) @Rice Lake | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: La Crosse Logan (#5) at Hayward/Lac Courte Oreilles (#4) @Hayward/Lac Courte Oreilles | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Medford (#6) at New Richmond (#3) @New Richmond | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Sparta (#7) at Onalaska (#2) @Onalaska | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Shawano (#8) at Notre Dame (#1) @Notre Dame | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Fox Valley Lutheran (#5) at Antigo (#4) @Antigo | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Waupaca (#6) at West De Pere (#3) @West De Pere | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Seymour (#7) at Luxemburg-Casco (#2) @Luxemburg-Casco | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Reedsburg (#8) at Monroe (#1) @Monroe | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Evansville/Albany (#5) at Fort Atkinson (#4) @Fort Atkinson | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Jefferson (#6) at Pewaukee (#3) @Pewaukee | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Delavan-Darien (#7) at Mount Horeb/Barneveld (#2) @Mount Horeb/Barneveld | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: New Berlin West (#8) at Catholic Memorial (#1) @Catholic Memorial | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Wisconsin Lutheran (#5) at New Berlin Eisenhower (#4) @New Berlin Eisenhower | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Greendale (#6) at Plymouth (#3) @Plymouth | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Port Washington (#7) at Kewaskum (#2) @Kewaskum | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 4
Group A:
Game 1: Altoona (#8) at Osceola (#1) @Osceola | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Northwestern (#5) at St. Croix Central (#4) @St. Croix Central | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Nekoosa (#6) at West Salem (#3) @West Salem | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Amery (#7) at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (#2) @Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Peshtigo (#8) at Little Chute (#1) @Little Chute | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Wrightstown (#5) at Adams-Friendship (#4) @Adams-Friendship | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Xavier (#6) at Freedom (#3) @Freedom | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Omro (#7) at Berlin (#2) @Berlin | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Big Foot (#8) at River Valley (#1) @River Valley | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Brodhead/Juda (#5) at Lodi (#4) @Lodi | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Mauston (#6) at Lake Mills (#3) @Lake Mills | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: East Troy (#7) at Platteville (#2) @ UW Platteville | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Christian (#8) at Sheboygan Falls (#1) @Sheboygan Falls | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: St. Francis (#5) at Kiel (#4) @Kiel | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Martin Luther (#6) at University School (#3) @University School | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Ripon (#7) at Two Rivers (#2) @Two Rivers | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 5
Group A:
Game 1: Cameron (#8) at Stanley-Boyd (#1) @Stanley-Boyd | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Bloomer (#5) at Elk Mound (#4) @Elk Mound | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Colby (#6) at Stratford (#3) @Stratford | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: St. Croix Falls (#7) at Durand (#2) @Durand | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Oconto (#8) at Amherst (#1) @Amherst | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Bonduel (#5) at Spencer/Columbus Catholic (#4) @Spencer/Columbus Catholic | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Valders (#6) at Winnebago Lutheran (#3) @Winnebago Lutheran | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Kewaunee (#7) at Southern Door (#2) @Southern Door | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Marshall (#8) at Clinton (#1) @Clinton | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: New Glarus/Monticello (#5) at Arcadia (#4) @Arcadia | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Horicon/Hustisford (#6) at Laconia (#3) @Laconia | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Westby (#7) at Lancaster (#2) @Lancaster | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Dominican (#8) at Columbus (#1) @Columbus | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Kenosha St. Joseph (#5) at Random Lake (#4) @Random Lake | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Brookfield Acad. (#6) at Racine St. Catherine”s (#3) @ Union Grove | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Oostburg (#7) at Cedar Grove-Belgium (#2) @Cedar Grove-Belgium | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 6
Group A:
Game 1: Cochrane-Fountain City (#8) at Grantsburg (#1) @Grantsburg | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Glenwood City (#5) at Spring Valley (#4) @Spring Valley | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Melrose-Mindoro (#6) at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (#3) @Chetek-Weyerhaeuser | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Unity (#7) at Regis (#2) @ Eau Claire-Carson Park | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Crandon (#8) at Coleman (#1) @Coleman | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Niagara/Goodman/Pembine (#5) at Rib Lake/Prentice (#4) @Rib Lake/Prentice | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Auburndale (#6) at Marathon (#3) @Marathon | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Waken Area/Laona (#7) at Abbotsford (#2) @Abbotsford | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Brookwood (#8) at Darlington (#1) @Darlington | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Mineral Point (#5) at Fennimore (#4) @Fennimore | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Cuba City (#6) at Markesan (#3) @Markesan | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Waterloo (#7) at Pecatonica/Argyle (#2) @ARGYLE | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Manawa (#8) at St. Mary”s Spring (#1) @ North Fond du lac | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Dodgeland (#5) at Lake Country Lutheran (#4) @Lake Country Lutheran | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Racine Lutheran (#6) at Iola-Scandinavia (#3) @Iola-Scandinavia | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Shiocton (#7) at Ozaukee (#2) @Ozaukee | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 7
Group A:
Game 1: McDonell Central (#8) at Bangor (#1) @Bangor | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Elmwood/Plum City (#5) at De Soto (#4) UWL or Logan | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Eleva-Strum (#6) at Turtle Lake (#3) @Turtle Lake | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Clear Lake (#7) at Pepin/Alma (#2) @Pepin/Alma | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Suring (#8) at Wild Rose (#1) @Wild Rose | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Assumption (#5) at Edgar (#4) @Edgar | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Owen-Withee (#6) at Hurley (#3) @Hurley | Saturday, 01:00 PM
Game 4: Almond-Bancroft (#7) at Loyal (#2) @Loyal | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: North Crawford (#8) at Ithaca (#1) @Ithaca | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Iowa-Grant (#5) at Highland (#4) @Highland | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Wauzeka-Steuben/Seneca (#6) at Black Hawk (#3) @Black Hawk | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Potosi (#7) at Shullsburg (#2) @Shullsburg | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Tri-County (#8) at Hilbert/Stockbridge (#1) @Hilbert/Stockbridge | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: New Lisbon (#5) at Royall (#4) @Royall | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Fall River (#6) at Lourdes Acad. (#3) @ Lourdes Acad at Titan Stad | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Johnson Creek (#7) at Cambria-Friesland (#2) @Cambria-Friesland | Friday, 07:00 PM

Pairings courtesy of WIAA

Friday’s high school football schedule and rankings

Headlining Friday’s high school football schedule is a Big Eight Conference matchup between undefeated Verona and Middleton. Both teams enter with perfect 4-and-0 records hoping to expand a lead on third place teams Sun Prairie and Madison La Follette (3-0). All games listed begin at 7 p.m.

Big Eight Conference

Verona (4-0) at Middleton (4-0)

Madison West (2-2) at Madison La Follette (3-1)

Janesville Craig (1-3) vs Janesville Parker (1-3) at Monterey Stadium

Madison East (1-3) and Madison Memorial (1-3)

Beloit Memorial (0-4) vs Sun Prairie (3-1) at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School

Badger North Conference

Mount Horeb/Barneveld (1-0) at Waunakee (2-0)

Reedsburg (1-1) at DeForest (2-0)

Baraboo (0-2) at Sauk Prairie (0-1)

Badger South Conference

Monroe (2-0) at Milton (0-1)

Madison Edgewood (1-1) at Stoughton (1-0)

Oregon (0-2) at Monona Grove (1-1)

Inter-Conference Games

Portage (0-2 Badger North) at Fort Atkinson (1-1 Badger South)

 

Week 4 State AP Rankings

Large Division (enrollment 900 and up)

1. Kimberly (15), 4-0, 150, 1
2. Menasha 4-0, 129, 2
3. Middleton 4-0, 108, 3
4. Waunakee 4-0, 103, 4
5. Hudson 4-0, 93, 6
6. Brookfield Central 4-0, 69, 7
7. Mequon Homestead 3-1, 51, 8
8. Stevens Point 4-0, 45, 9
9. Oconomowoc 4-0, 33, 10
10. Verona Area 4-0, 14, NR

Others receiving votes:

Appleton North 7
Bay Port 5
Waukesha North 5
Sun Prairie 4
Menomonie 4
Wilmot 2
Chippewa Falls 1
Green Bay Southwest 1
Hartland Arrowhead 1

Medium Divison (enrollment 301-899)

1. Green Bay Notre Dame (12), 4-0, 147, 1
2. Waukesha Catholic Memorial (3), 4-0, 138, 2
3. Osceola 4-0, 113, 3
4. Pewaukee 4-0, 85, 5
5. Amherst 3-1, 72, 6
6. Little Chute 4-0, 71, 9
7. Columbus 4-0, 66, 7
8. Lodi 4-0, 56, 8
9. West De Pere 4-0, 32, 10
10. Freedom 3-1, 14, 4

Others receiving votes:

Mount Horeb/Barneveld 10
Kewaskum 8
Luxemburg-Casco 7
Spencer/Marshfield Columbus 3
Monroe 2
Rice Lake 1

Small Division (enrollment 300 and lower)

1. Fond du Lac Springs (15), 4-0, 150, 1
2. Darlington 4-0, 117, 2
3. Bangor 4-0, 106, 4
4. Lake Country Lutheran 4-0, 86, 5
5. Eau Claire Regis 4-0, 76, 6
6. Pepin/Alma 4-0, 63, 7
7. Stanley-Boyd 3-1, 52, 8
8. Edgar 3-1, 38, 3
9. Coleman 4-0, 32, 9
10. Fond du Lac Winnebago Lutheran 4-0, 30, 10

Others receiving votes:

Stratford 26
Pecatonica/Argyle 14
Spring Valley 10
Ozaukee 8
Hurley 4
Lancaster 3
Hilbert/Stockbridge 3
Markesan 2
Abbotsford 2
Glenwood City 1
Iola-Scandinavia 1
Random Lake 1