October 16th 2015 Friday Night Lights

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Condolences, mixed emotions actually, for the Texas Longhorns. Last Saturday Texas defeated arch-rival Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry 24 – 17, breaking a three game losing streak. Alas, on Friday BEVO XIV passed away in his sleep.

The two scores that we did not have last week:

Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 53 Deerfield 7
Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 55 Laconia 13

To paraphrase Tony Bennett crooning in September Song:

“But, it’s a long, long while from September to November
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time for the waiting game”

Oh, the games dwindle down to a precious few
September, November

The final week of the regular season, except for our team in the UP; some teams prepare for the playoffs, while others wait for next year.
Week seven of conference play in the East Central Conference
KML 13 Ripon 12 Tigers 1 – 8, both teams returned a kickoff for a touchdown
Kewaskum 38 Plymouth 0; 9 – 0 for Kewaskum
Waupun 34 Campbellsport 26
Berlin 26 Winneconne 7

Omro 46 Cedar Grove – Belgium 8 Foxes 8 – 1, 6 – 0 in the Flyway
St. Mary’s Springs 53 Mayville 0
Laconia 36 North Fond du Lac 14
WLA 42 Lomira 0
Cassville 48 Belmont 12
Markesan 36 Pardeeville 15
Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 33 North Crawford 14
Oshkosh Lourdes 50 Horicon 8 Combined conf. records 1 – 11
Randolph 1 Hustisford 0 Hustisford did not field a team this year
Stratford 48 Pittsville 7
Little Chute 45 Clintonville 16
Wautoma 56 Mauston 42 I wonder what the over/under was?
Howard’s Grove 20 St. Mary Catholic 13
McFarland 28 Parkview 6
Pewaukee 35 Shorewood/Messmer 0
Racine Horlick 40 Racine Park 7 0 – 9; Mr. Minor, Mr. Moss, & Mr. Clay needed
Catholic Memorial 38 Waukesha North 0
Port Washington 48 Nicolet 21
Sheboygan Falls 24 Kiel 7 Falls 9 – 0, Kiel 8 – 1 after a battle of undefeateds
Xavier 56 Shawano 28 9 – 0 for the Hawks
Beaver Dam 28 West Bend East 21
Green Bay Preble 30 Pulaski 27
Oshkosh North 31 Wisconsin Rapids 21

No report (as of this time) from our intrepid reporter in the UP. Either he is just shirking his responsibility, or he has gotten a better gig. One rumor is that he hit the road and will be covering the Republican presidential campaign, with the goal of writing a sequel to the 1972 Hunter S. Thompson classic, “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.”
Escanaba 34 Sault Area 14

escanabaEscanaba must beat Kingsford next week; I believe the game is at the Charcoal Pit, to qualify for the Michigan high school playoffs.
Last Saturday the Ripon 6th graders won their first game of the season, in the final game of the season, with a 20 -12 win over Oshkosh North. I believe that the Rip-city Tigers ended their season overwhelming one opponent, underwhelming five, and whelming two. (With apologies to the late Red Smith.)

And our Season Ending Awards:
Team of the Year – the Amherst Falcons; we don’t follow the Falcons, but the D – V state runner-ups from 2014 defeated the top two teams in the Flyway Conference – Omro and St. Mary’s Springs, both of which we do follow – by the combined score of 84 – 21.

Coach of the Year – Bob Hyland; St. Mary’s Springs. For the first time since 2010 St. Mary’s Springs lost two games during the regular season. However, Coach Hyland has this neat blue golf shirt that says St. Mary’s Springs football – 400 victories. And given that one of our readers in an alum of St. Mary’s Springs, and given that said reader once managed to get me a Christmas Card from Congressman Tom Petri, I am hoping that said reader can get me one of those golf shirts; extra large.

Player of the Year Award – the Plymouth placekicker. There is a lot of pressure to make the extra point to get the margin to 35 and start the running clock.

Stat of the Year – 9. Ripon scored 9 touchdowns in 9 games, and was 0 – 9 in PATs. Hustisford; 9 points allowed in a 0 – 9 season. 9 forfeits; all recorded as 0 – 1 losses.

Fan(s) of the Year Award – no award, although the two Ripon fans who were asked to leave a girls’ basketball game in Beaver Dam several years ago were among “others receiving votes.”

Best Officiating Performance of the Year – the referee in the Ripon 6th grade game who was asked to listen in the huddle to the Ripon coach’s instructions to his team. Five seconds remaining in the game; Ripon behind 14 – 0. The other team had just taken its final timeout to attempt a field goal, this after using its other timeouts to preserve time in its final drive to attempt to score more points. The Ripon coach told his team that he wanted all 11 players to rush the kicker, no blitzing allowed in 6th grade football, and block the kick — which is what happened. After the huddle the coach told the referee that now you know what we are going to do. The referee said, “I didn’t hear anything; and I won’t see anything.” Sounds like this official is deserving of a promotion; to the Big Ten.

Best Prepared Team of the Year – The New York Jets. Among the items that the Jets shipped to London for their game against the Miami Dolphins were 350 rolls of toilet paper. When I first heard this my thought was, “You’re sh*&^%ng me.”

Best Scouting Performance – Rotary District Governor Karen White for her restaurant recommendation, PJ Campbell’s at the Depot, in Plymouth for the annual road trip for four RHS fans.
Worst Damn Band in the Land – The Ohio State University. When some members of the Buckeye band weren’t sexually harassing other band members, they were poking fun of Holocaust victims. Can you say classless?

And the playoff picture – “Playoffs! Playoffs! You want to talk playoffs?”
In Like Flynn By the Skin of their Teeth Toast
Kewaskum Winneconne Ripon Berlin Plymouth Waupun Omro Cassville Campbellsport St. Mary’s Springs Pewaukee KML Markesan Laconia Mont/Princ/Green Lake Oshkosh Lourdes Randolph Clintonville Wautoma McFarland Kiel Racine Park Xavier Waukesha North Port Washington Beaver Dam Pulaski
Pittsville
Lomira
Wisconsin Rapids
St. Mary Catholic

Next week we will have the first round playoff results, and the second round match ups for the winners. Also, the result of the last regular season game for the Escanaba Eskymos.

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