This is Week 4 of the football season and the GameTime Game of the Week once again features two teams with perfect records. Bay Port at Notre Dame is the featured game of the week and a big one in the Fox River Classic Conference.
That’s not the only big game this week. There’s a rivalry game in Appleton, two perfect teams are colliding in the Olympian-Packerland Large and a big Valley Football Association South Division game.
There is plenty to look forward to in Week 4, so here’s to “What to Watch For” in seven key Week 4 games with FOX 11 Top 11 rankings in parentheses:
- (6) Bay Port (3-0) at Notre Dame (3-0). The GameTime Game of the Week has two teams battling for the top spot in the Fox River Classic Conference. Bay Port has won each game by at least 21 points, while Notre Dame has scored 49 points in two of its three wins. Interesting fact is Bay Port beat De Pere, 40-0, in Week 1, while Notre Dame beat De Pere, 7-0, in Week 2. What to watch for: Notre Dame’s offense vs. Bay Port’s defense. Notre Dame may be pressed into scoring points as Bay Port has scored at least 40 in every game. Might be better for the Tritons if the scoreboard isn’t working too much Friday.
- (7) Xavier (3-0) at Fox Valley Lutheran (1-2). The Apple Bowl is always a big game between these two schools, but the way Xavier has been dominating teams so far the Foxes better watch out or this could get out of hand quickly. What to watch for: FVL has to figure a way to slow down Xavier QB Matt Ferris, who is tied for the state lead with 15 TD passes and is second with 1,062 yards. There are two ways to do that, pressure the QB or sustain drives on offense, keeping Ferris off the field.
- Manitowoc (1-2) at Green Bay Preble (2-1). These teams have been factors in the FRCC race in recent years and need to keep winning to stay in the race this season. Preble is perfect in FRCC play while Manitowoc is 1-1. What to watch for: After falling hard, 40-7, in Week 1 at Ashwaubenon, Preble has scored 73 combined points in its last two games, so the Ships will have to slow down Preble or its conference title dreams will sink.
- Kewaunee (3-0) at Wrightstown (3-0). These recent state champs once again look like strong programs. Kewaunee is averaging 44 points per game, while the Tigers are averaging 37 ppg. What to watch for: Defense. Whichever unit can slow down the opposing offense should come out of this game at 4-0.
- Menasha (2-1) at Oshkosh North (3-0). Menasha and North both look like teams capable of winning the Valley Football Association South Division, so Friday’s game will be crucial in the race. Menasha has been impressive since a Week 1 loss to Kimberly, while North has not missed a step, winning its three games by an average of 37.6 ppg. What to watch for: Beware defenses. The Bluejays have scored 83 points combined in their last two wins, while North is averaging 49 ppg. The winning team will see its defense make a few big plays.
- Denmark (2-1) at (10) Hortonville (3-0). Denmark has been an early-season surprise, while Hortonville is coming off an impressive 28-2 win at Seymour. Denmark has to figure a way to reach the end zone against a Polar Bears defense that hasn’t allowed a point this season. What to watch for: If Hortonville picks up where it left off, it should win this, but if the Polar Bears open slow the Vikings might have a chance.
- Shiocton (3-0) at Manawa (2-1). This Central Wisconsin Eight Conference matchup could be tricky for the always strong Chiefs. Shiocton is averaging 48.7 ppg., but Manawa has shut out one opponent this season and allowed 13 points in another. What to watch for: For Manawa to keep up with Shiocton it’s going to have to play keep-away, meaning sustain drives and keep the Chiefs’ offense off the field. If Manawa can’t get its offense going, Shiocton could run away.
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