SUAMICO — It’s what every coach wants and it’s a classic coach’s cliché: “We want to be playing our best at playoff time.”
Obviously, and for Bay Port that is exactly what the Pirates are doing.
Bay Port opened the football postseason last week and coasted to a 41-22 win over D.C. Everest. Now, the No. 3-seeded Pirates play at No. 2 Appleton North in Level 2 on Friday in the GameTime Game of the Week and are feeling good.
“The last few weeks of the season we seemed to hit our stride a little bit, so that’s been good to see,” coach Gary Westerman said. “Our defense has played outstanding and our offense, we were able to put the ball in the end zone early on.”
Bay Port is averaging 37.5 points per game and has three players who have scored at least 10 TDs on the ground. Furthermore, QB Alec Ingold (1,312 passing yards) has 780 rushing yards while RB Max Biebel adds 891.
And fall asleep on the passing game and Blair Van Ess can gash a secondary as he has 36 catches for 618 yards and 7 TDs.
Bay Port might need all its weapons to survive Friday as it but might be going up against the best defense it has seen this season. Erase a 49-14 loss to Kimberly, and North is allowing 8.7 ppg.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a big test,” Westerman said. “They’re really fast and have excellent football players.”
While Bay Port’s offense has been impressive, Westerman also likes his defense, which is allowing 13.3 ppg.
“I’d like to think our defense has played excellent down the stretch, too,” Westerman said.
Bay Port has not reached Level 3 of the playoffs since 2006, but all the Pirates have to do to get there again is beat North, which has had the Pirates’ number during the postseason.
Since 2006, Bay Port and North met in the postseason five times with North winning four of the games. Those meetings have little bearing on Friday, but the Pirates would like to narrow the gap against North in their playoff matchups.
“They’ve certainly had our number and are a good football team,” Westerman said. “We’re certainly the underdog. They’re the two seed, we’re the three seed and I don’t know who gives us a chance to win other than us.”
The players certainly are confident and look at winning Friday as crucial.
Said senior Terrell Wendricks: “(It’s) real big, because here at Bay Port, we’re trying to show we’re an elite team and can compete with the best, so we need this win.”
BAY PORT BY GAME
De Pere, W 40-0
Green Bay East, W 56-7
Pulaski, W 42-21
@Notre Dame, W 21-7
Manitowoc, W 35-21
@Green Bay West, W 49-13
@Ashwaubenon, L 28-14
@Sheboygan North, W 56-14
Green Bay Southwest, W 21-0
D.C. Everest, W 41-22
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