GAMES TO WATCH
7 p.m. unless noted
West Salem (5-1, 4-0) at Logan (3-3, 2-2)
MVC SERIES: The Panthers lead 2-1 and have beaten the Rangers two times in a row. West Salem posted a 19-0 win over Logan last season.
NOTEWORTHY: This is the best team of the MVC — so far — against the team allowing it to play home games on its field. … The Panthers have won four straight games since suffering their only loss to G-E-T and have already met playoff criteria. … The Rangers, on the other hand, have to win twice in the last three games to assure itself of a winning record in the MVC. … West Salem’s offense has been anchored by RB Brendan Holt (112 carries-862 yards, 8 TDs) and QB Ryan Beirne (793 passing yards, 372 rushing yards). … Beirne’s favorite target Trenton Foreman (15 catches-460 yards, 5 TDs) has been quiet the last two weeks, so watch for the team to try to get him some chances. … The Rangers have to get the ball in the hands of WR CJ Siegel (21-376, 8) as much as possible tonight. … Siegel is a legitimate threat as a receiver, rusher and return man.
Sparta (4-2, 2-2) vs. Central (3-3, 2-2) at UW-L
MVC SERIES: The Red Raiders lead 23-5, but the Spartans have won this game three years in a row after beating Central 33-27 last season.
NOTEWORTHY: Two teams that need two wins in the last three weeks for a winning conference record, so the loser is in a tough spot. … The combination of QB Johnny Davis (96-190-1,426, 12-6) and WR Greg Kohler (35-478, 8) has been tough to stop in recent weeks, and their connection late in the fourth quarter gave the Red Raiders a big win over Logan last week.
Aquinas (0-6, 0-4) at Holmen (4-2, 3-1)
MVC SERIES: The Vikings lead 11-9 and have averaged 54.3 points per game while beating the Blugolds the last four years.
NOTEWORTHY: Holmen’s response from a devastating loss to West Salem two weeks ago was impressive. … The Vikings didn’t get off to the fastest start, but they cruised to a 44-6 win over Tomah, thanks to 34 points in the second and third quarters. … No MVC team has figured out a way to slow down the Holmen rushing game that is led by senior Drew Becker (84-939, 12), who is trying to reach 1,000 yards tonight. … Senior Mitchell Torud (113-621, 10) had his best game of the season against the Timberwolves by reaching the end zone four times. … The Blugolds are struggling to stay healthy and have been outscored 173-14 the last four weeks.
Tomah (2-4, 0-4) at Onalaska (5-1, 3-1)
MVC SERIES: Tied at 14-14 after the Hilltoppers have won three of the last four meetings. Onalaska held on for a 39-35 win in a crazy game last year.
NOTEWORTHY: The Hilltoppers enter this game with all of the momentum behind the play of senior QB Noah Skifton (76-135-1,034, 13-4) and sophomore RB Nathan Lubinsky (118-651, 9). … Both were responsible for two touchdowns (Lubinsky two rushing; Skifton one rushing, one passing) in making what some thought would be a close game into a 42-0 win over Sparta last week. … Onalaska needs a win to stay within striking distance of the MVC lead and remain in contention for a second championship in a row. … The Timberwolves will have to play their best game of the season to stop their losing streak from reaching five games.
Potosi/Cassville (5-1) at Bangor (6-0)
NOTEWORTHY: Two teams that have dominated opponents throughout the season with Potosi/Cassville’s 30-12 loss to Black Hawk being the only blemish. … P/C has averaged 55.6 points in its five victories and is led by QB Will Bierman (33-61-606, 7-3) and RB Dylan Pluemer (46-610, 11). … The third-ranked Cardinals counter with RB Luke Reader (75-699, 13) and QB Drew Johnson (37-297, 6 rushing TDs to go with 286 passing yards and 6 TDs). … Bangor will be challenged in its bid to win a 33rd straight regular-season game.
— Todd Sommerfeldt