All games 7 p.m.
Marshfield (6-3) at Holmen (7-2)
NOTEWORTHY: Marshfield—The Tigers have won two WIAA state titles, but are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. … Marshfield won its last 3 games by a cumulative score of 107-6. … QB Ryan Krueger has passed for 1,037 yards, and the defense has allowed 10 rushing TDs; Holmen—This is the Vikings’ ninth straight postseason appearance, and they have gotten here by running the ball. … Holmen averages 357.1 rushing yards per game and has 43 rushing TDs. … RB Drew Becker (120-1,362, 18 TDs) and FB Mitchell Torud (164-842, 13 TDs) have been a tough 1-2 punch for anyone to stop, and QB Isaac Handland (72-408, 5 TDs) has been hitting on bigger plays as of late.
Central (5-4) at Menomonie (9-0)
NOTEWORTHY: Central—The Red Raiders are in the playoffs for the 23rd time, but first since 2013. … Sophomore QB Johnny Davis (135-274-2,072, 18 TDs-9 INTs) has put together an impressive season in his first year as a starter, and Greg Kohler (49-704, 11 TDs) has flourished as a receiver but has been kept out of the end zone the last 2 games; Menomonie—The Mustangs are making their 28th straight playoff appearance and looking for their 71st playoff victory. … Menomonie allows 12.1 points and 58.9 passing yards per game. … The Mustangs own a 49-14 win over Holmen, which beat Central 48-20. … RB Justin Evans (204-1,459, 23 TDs) is the top offensive weapon for a team averaging 257.6 rushing yards per game.
Mosinee (5-4) at Onalaska (8-1)
NOTEWORTHY: Mosinee—Lost a 29-5 home game to Onalaska in Week 2. … Won 5 of last 6 games after an 0-3 start. … Led by RB Justin Stubbe (191-1,204, 18 TDs), who had 19 carries for 89 yards in the first game against Onalaska, but rushed for 511 yards and 10 TDs the last 3 games; Onalaska—The Hilltoppers are in the playoffs a seventh time in a row and have won their last 6 games. … Senior QB Noah Skifton (1,601 passing yards, 21 TDs passes; 822 rushing yards, 8 TDs) has been the key for an Onalaska offense averaging 39.1 ppg. … RB Nathan Lubinsky (151-883, 15 TDs) is trying to become a 1,000-yard rusher, and WRs Landon Skemp and Ray Heilman have combined for 910 receiving yards and 11 TDs.
New Richmond (6-2) at West Salem (7-2)
NOTEWORTHY: New Richmond—The Tigers have won 6 playoff games in the last 3 years and have 2 losses by a combined 8 points to Division 4 powers Osceola (9-0) and St. Croix Central (8-1). … QB Mika Kier rushed for 2 TDs and passed for another in last week’s 25-24 loss to Osceola; West Salem—The Panthers are probably still stinging from a 42-21 loss they absorbed from Onalaska last week, but they have reasons to believe they can win. … QB Ryan Beirne (58-104-1,031, 11 TDs-3 INTs; 489 rushing yards, 3 TDs) needs to have a big game for West Salem if it wants to win a playoff game for a second straight year. … Junior RB Brendan Holt (177-1,114, 10 TDs) is also a key.
Northwestern (6-3) at G-E-T (9-0)
NOTEWORTHY: Northwestern—The Tigers tied for second in the Heart O’ North and won four of their last five games. … RB Reagan Ruffi (185-1,500, 18 TDs) has to be the focus of the G-E-T defense after gaining 995 yards and scoring 13 TDs in last four games; G-E-T—The Red Hawks, who won the Coulee championship, have outscored opponents by an average score of 50-8, yet only ended up with a No. 3 seed, which says something about their quarter of the bracket. … RBs Ben Behan (93-1,198, 21 TDs), Bryce Burns (99-649, 11 TDs) and Connor Jacobs (78-555, 8 TDs) will carry the load again.
Westby (5-4) at Lancaster (7-2)
NOTEWORTHY: Westby—The Norsemen have won three games in a row and have received a big boost from RB Ryan Daines (154-822, 15 TDs), who has 443 yards and 6 TDs in last 3 games; Lancaster—The Flying Arrows have won seven state titles, tied for the SWC championship and are led by RB Evan Gates (253-1,838, 29 TDs), who has rushed for more than 200 yards 4 times and had 392 against Prairie du Chien.
New Glarus/Monticello (6-3) at Prairie du Chien (7-2)
NOTEWORTHY: New Glarus/Monticello—The Glarner Knights tied for the Capitol-South championship with a 3-1 record, have won four straight games and average 238 rushing yards and 29.3 points per game; PdC—The Blackhawks are looking for their first playoff win since 2009 and have gotten a big season out of RB Tyler Smock (139-1,099, 12 TDs) and QB Gavin Gillitzer (70-135-1,283, 8 TDs-6 INTs), but they were shut out by River Valley last week.
Lake Holcombe/Cornell (4-5) at Mel-Min (8-1)
NOTEWORTHY: LH/C—The Knights tied for third in the Lakeland-South. … QB Luke Geist has passed for 902 yards, and RB Wyatt Viegut has rushed for 892 and 12 TDs; Mel.-Min.—The Mustangs have rolled through their last eight games and have reliable RBs in Jeremy Anderson (74-832, 17 TDs), Brett Gerdes (48-506, 6 TDs) and Andy Antony (58-483, 4 TDs) to go with a defense that allows an average of 132.8 total yards per game.
Brookwood (7-2) at Mineral Point (6-3)
NOTEWORTHY: Brookwood—The Falcons were second in the Scenic Bluffs and lost to teams with a combined 15-3 record. … RBs Ben DeWitt (188-1,290, 18 TDs) and Conner Schueller (78-491, 9 TDs) lead the offense; Mineral Point—The Pointers tied for the SWAL championship and have scored 90 points in their last 2 games. … RB Riley Workman (173-996, 12 TDs) and QB Isaac Lindsey (83-137-1,454, 17 TDs-3 INTs) are the focus for Brookwood’s defense.
Royall (4-5) at Bangor (9-0)
NOTEWORTHY: Royall—The Panthers tied for third in the Scenic Bluffs but lost a 50-0 game to the Cardinals. … Royall allows 163.9 rushing yards per game; Bangor—The Cardinals extended their regular-season winning streak to 36 games last week and have won at least 2 playoff games the last 3 years. … Bangor averages 365 rushing yards per game and has allowed 22 points all season. … RB Luke Reader (120-1,164, 24 TDs) is still averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.
De Soto (6-3) at Wauzeka/Seneca (8-1)
NOTEWORTHY: De Soto—The Pirates are making their 22nd straight playoff appearance and state-best 33rd overall. … De Soto, which has 3 losses by a combined 15 points, lost a 15-8 game to Wauzeka/Seneca on a late touchdown during the regular season. … The Pirates are led by QB Evan Overby (902 passing yards, 7 TD passes; 719 rushing yards, 8 TDs) and allow an average of 10 points per game; W/S—The Bluegolds won the Ridge and Valley title and have a seven-game winning streak. … QB Jared Payne (38-92-867, 8 TDs-1 INT) and RB Noah Allan (96-812, 6 TDs) will be targets for the De Soto defense.
— Todd Sommerfeldt