A look at Week 2 of high school football

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John Barry
Thursday, August 28, 2014

As good as advertised.

Edgerton's Ricky Williams, Clinton's Drew Severson and Delavan-Darien's Jesse Collins kept scoreboard operators busy in 2013 en route to earning their conferences' top offensive awards.

The terrific trio was at it again in Friday's season openers.

Williams, who led the state in rushing last season, scored five touchdowns and finished with more than 400 all-purpose yards in the Crimson Tide's 33-26 come-from-behind win over a talented New Glarus/Monticello team.

Severson rushed for 318 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more TDs in Clinton's 39-27 win over Shoreland Lutheran.

East Troy hopes to never see Collins again. The Comet quarterback threw for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground in Delavan-Darien's 48-10 trouncing of the Trojans.

In games against East Troy the past two seasons, Collins accounted for 11 touchdowns and led Delavan-Darien to a whopping 120 points.

The road gets much tougher for the trio in Week 2. Edgerton plays at state-ranked Lodi. Collins and the Comets host Walworth Big Foot, while Clinton plays at North Boone (Ill.).

n Two of the most dominant programs took a tumble in Week 1. Two-time undisputed Big Eight champion Sun Prairie saw its 21-game conference winning streak snapped in a 28-21 loss to the upstart Lancers of Madison La Follette.

Five-time defending Badger South Conference champion and defending Division 3 state champion Monona Grove lost its season opener to the co-op team of Mount Horeb/Barneveld.

n Rock Valley Conference foes Brodhead/Juda and Evansville/Albany face off Friday night, but the game will not count in the RVC standings. The two teams scheduled each other to keep a longtime rivalry going, as they are not scheduled to face each other in crossover play. We'll have more on exactly which Rock Valley games will count toward the official standings next week.

What else is in store for Week 2?

Here's a look at three area games Friday, including the annual Battle for the Monterey Rock:

n Janesville Craig (1-0) at Janesville Parker (0-1), 7 p.m., Monterey Stadium—Don't put much stock into Week 1. The Cougars are going to be good, but the 58-12 thrashing of Beloit Memorial is not an accurate gauge of how good. The Purple Knights were a bad football team that was facing the same problems that have plagued the program for the last decade—not enough players and too many suspensions.

And Parker is probably a better team than it showed in a 36-0 loss to Middleton. The Vikings coughed up the ball five times and are still trying to understand the concept of the forward pass. Parker had just 22 yards passing after averaging only 16 per game a year ago.

Craig jumped out to a 40-0 lead after one quarter against Beloit and coasted from there. Coach Ben McCormick ran a vanilla offense the final three quarters but was able to unveil plenty of playmakers the first 12 minutes of the game.

Quarterback Shayne Ellis ran the Cougars offense to perfection, while tailback Dan Ouimet, along with fullbacks Nick Moore and Austin Huber, ran at will against the Purple Knights.

Defensively, the Cougars were content with having seven or eight up front to stop the run. Beloit finished with only 83 yards on the ground, much of which came against second- and third-stringers.

The one-dimensional Vikings have got to find a way to diversify their offense. Jovanni Sanchez is a capable back, but at 155 pounds, he can't be expected to carry the load all season.

Whether it's senior Logan Coulter or junior Darin Empereur at quarterback, one of the two must be able to jumpstart a non-existent passing game.

Parker's defense must find a way to get off the field on third down or it could be another long night. Craig has a number of talented skill players on offense and an experienced-yet-untested offensive line.

Super sophomore Juan Harris was basically a non-factor in Week 1. The 6-foot-5, 365-pound nose tackle was double-teamed on most plays and did not record a tackle against Middleton.

n Best guess: Craig 34, Parker 13

 Craig vs. Parker all-time

1967—Parker 32, Craig 7

1968—Parker 25, Craig 0

1969—Craig 14, Parker 13

1970—Craig 12, Parker 7

1971—Parker 7, Craig 0

1972—Craig 14, Parker 13

1973—Craig 27, Parker 0

1974—Craig 27, Parker 6

1975—Parker 8, Craig 6

1976—Parker 14, Craig 6

1977—Parker 8, Craig 7

1978—Craig 13, Parker 7

1979—Craig 36, Parker 7

1980—Parker 17, Craig 0

1981—Craig 14, Parker 6

1982—Parker 26, Craig 20

1983—Craig 13, Parker 6

1984—Craig 14, Parker 7

1985—Craig 26, Parker 17

1986—Craig 26, Parker 18

1987—Craig 34, Parker 0

1988—Craig 22, Parker 0

1989—Craig 20, Parker 6

1990—Craig 23, Parker 0

1991—Craig 36, Parker 6

1992—Craig 27, Parker 0

1993—Craig 27, Parker 8

1994—Craig 17, Parker 0

1995—Craig 16, Parker 12

1996—Craig 6, Parker 0

1997—Parker 10, Craig 6

1998—Parker 25, Craig 22

1999—Craig 36, Parker 0

2000—Parker 27, Craig 19

2001—Parker 23, Craig 7

2002—Parker 21, Craig 6

2003—Parker 7, Craig 6

2004—Parker 27, Craig 10

2005—Craig 21, Parker 7

2006—Parker 14, Craig 6

2007—Craig 16, Parker 13

2008—Craig 27, Parker 12

2009—Parker 21, Craig 14

2010—Parker 31, Craig 13

2011—Parker 50, Craig 23

2012—Craig 27, Parker 13

2013—Craig 20, Parker 10

n Craig leads all-time series 28-19.

n Longest winning streak—Craig won 13 straight from 1983 to 1996.

n Most points scored—Parker scored 50 in a 50-23 win in 2011.

n Craig is averaging 16.83 points per game in the series, while Parker is at 12.53.

n Walworth Big Foot (1-0, 0-0) at Delavan-Darien (1-0, 0-0), 7 p.m., Delavan-Darien High School—Both teams were impressive in Week 1. The Chiefs, under first-year coach Greg Enz, got defensive in a 21-7 win over Westosha Central. Chandler Hehr had two rushing TDs, while Zack Greco led the defense with three interceptions as Big Foot rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit.

Big Foot's defense will have its hands full with all-everything quarterback Jesse Collins. The senior torched East Troy for 203 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the Comets' big win.

Delavan-Darien first-year coach Bret St. Arnauld saw his team take a 24-10 halftime lead behind Fabian Shipman. The tailback started the scoring with a 70-yard scamper and finished with 192 yards rushing and three TDs.

n Best guess: Delavan-Darien 27, Big Foot 14.

n Edgerton (1-0, 0-0) at Lodi (1-0, 0-0), 7 p.m., Lodi High School—Things don't get any easier for the Crimson Tide.

Lodi clipped Edgerton 28-21 in Week 2 a year ago before the Crimson Tide rattled off eight straight wins. The Blue Devils limited Ricky Williams to 119 yards rushing last year—his second-lowest total of the season.

Williams finished with more than 400 yards of total offense in last week's win over New Glarus/Monticello, including an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball.

Lodi blanked McFarland 27-0 in its opener and limited the Spartans to 47 yards of total offense.

n Best guess: Lodi 20, Edgerton 14.


All games 7 p.m.

Games Friday


Janesville Craig at Janesville Parker

Sun Prairie at Beloit Memorial

Madison East at Madison West

Middleton at Verona

Madison Memorial at Madison La Follette


Milton at Waunakee

Fort Atkinson at Sauk Prairie

Monroe at Baraboo

Monona Grove at DeForest

Oregon at Portage

Stoughton at Mount Horeb/Barneveld

Reedsburg at Madison Edgewood


Walworth Big Foot at Delavan-Darien

Brodhead/Juda at Evansville/Albany

Edgerton at Lodi

Belleville at Orfordville Parkview

East Troy at Elkhorn

Clinton at North Boone (Ill.)

Columbus at Whitewater

Beloit Turner at Southwestern

Lake Geneva Badger at Mukwonago

Iowa Grant at Palmyra-Eagle

Jefferson at Marshall

McFarland at Lakeside Lutheran

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