After tonight, we'll be over halfway done with the regular season in Wisconsin. And here's a sobering thought: Of the eight teams that I primarily cover, only two of them appear to be headed for the playoffs.
This week, we'll take a deeper dive into the action since I didn't produce a Monday Morning QB. We will assess where each team is at this point of the season:
• BIG FOOT: The Chiefs are 1-3, and need a 4-1 finish to qualify for the playoffs. Simply put, it's not likely. Big Foot took care of business against a Whitewater team that is likely to go 0-9 this season last week to get on the board.
If they are to have any shot, they must win at Clinton Friday night. And that could happen. But after that, finding three more wins is extremely difficult. They still have Evansville. Maybe they can get Brodhead. That would be four wins, meaning if they do get both of those they would still have to beat either undefeated McFarland or 3-1 Edgerton.
The good news is the program does have significant talent at the younger levels, meaning this will hopefully by the Chiefs' last losing season for a while.
• BELOIT MEMORIAL: The Purple Knights are also 1-3, needing a 4-1 finish. There are a few winnable games left on the schedule, but getting to five wins is very unlikely. Beat Janesville Parker, try to pick somebody else off and fight hard against the elite teams.
• BELOIT TURNER: OK, here is a team that is headed to the postseason. Turner is 3-1, and after tonight should be 4-1. I don't think they can win the Rock, because McFarland has already defeated the two Trojans (Turner and East Troy). The Spartans need only to avoid an upset to finish the regular seasons 9-0. So what of Turner? Well, I think 8-1 is a really realistic goal for this team. Because of their depth, they should get stronger as the year goes on. The teams that are forced to employ several starters that play both sides of the ball are bound to wear down, or get injured. Turner should be spared from that.
They still have to play at Edgerton and East Troy, and a spunky Jefferson team at home. I think 7-2 sounds about right.
• BRODHEAD-JUDA: The Cardinals are coming off a disappoint loss to Jefferson. Brodhead is 2-2, meaning they need to finish 3-2 to find a spot. A win tonight against Turner is unlikely. They have Whitewater and Big Foot left. They would be considered favorites in both of those. The bad news? The other two games are against McFarland and East Troy, two of the league's top teams. If I had to guess right now, that leaves Brodhead at 4-5, and out. They need to pull an upset.
• CLINTON: The Cougars are 1-3, and must finish 4-1. As with Big Foot, a playoff bid looks very unlikely. They already have Whitewater cleared (it's their only win), and games against Turner and East Troy are on the horizon.
Clinton must win tonight against Big Foot, beat Jefferson and Evansville, then pull a big upset. Not likely.
• HONONEGAH: The Indians are 3-0, and should have only two challenges in the regular season: Boylan and Harlem. Otherwise, let's be real, the NIC-10 kinda stinks. Top-heavy for sure. 7-2 is a worst-case scenario, and I think the Indians can produce another 9-0 regular season.
• PARKVIEW: The Vikings just have an odd season going. They had to cancel their first game. They had last week's game postponed, but that might not get made up either. They were winless last year, and are 0-2 this year with a tough game tonight. The playoffs seem impossible at this point.
• SOUTH BELOIT: They are 0-3 and have been outscored 133-14. The playoffs are not happening.
On to tonight's slate. Last week I went 5-1 and I'm now 20-5 for the year. Here we go!
• HONONEGAH at BOYLAN: Wooo boy it's going down tonight! I will be there this evening for this one. It should be a classic, folks. Beautiful night, stands packed. Can't wait. On the field, I like the Indians in this one. Boylan has an offense that will put up some points, but nobody has stopped the Indians yet, and I don't see the Titans doing it, either.
HONONEGAH 35, BOYLAN 21
• BRODHEAD-JUDA at BELOIT TURNER: The Trojans need a breakout performance tonight, and I think they'll get it. The Cardinals were shut out last week, and aren't ready to seriously challenge Turner tonight.
TURNER 42, BRODHEAD-JUDA 14.
• BELOIT MEMORIAL at MIDDLETON: The Cardinals are 2-2, with two close losses and two blowout wins. I just don't see the Knights coming up with this one. But if they do, it's a season-changer.
MIDDLETON 28, BELOIT MEMORIAL 13
• BIG FOOT at CLINTON: This is actually a pretty good matchup I think. The Cougars must contain the Chiefs' passing attack. The good news for them is they have some pretty good athletes in the defensive backfield, and I think that's the difference in this one.
CLINTON 28, BIG FOOT 20
• MARKESAN at PARKVIEW: Finally, the Vikings are home. Crazy that it took this long. It will be a really tough game, however, as Markesan has a solid program. I wouldn't count on an upset here.
MARKESAN 42, PARKVIEW 13
• RIVER VALLEY at SOUTH BELOIT: The SoBos make their first appearance at home as well, and I do think this will be a competitive game.
RIVER VALLEY 34, SOUTH BELOIT 28