Level 3 2-Minute Drill: Three rematches stand out this week

Freedom beat Wrightstown 27-20 in Week 5's Game Time Game of the Week. Now they meet again in Level 3. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Well, this should be interesting. Just like Level 2 had great regular season matchups, so does Level 3 this Friday.

There are three games involving teams from Northeast Wisconsin that are rematches: Menasha at West De Pere, which is the Game Time Game of the Week; Appleton North at Kimberly and Wrightstown at Freedom.

All are rivalry games and in each case the home team won the regular-season meeting. However, a regular season win doesn't guarantee a postseason win.

From the standpoint of the visiting team, it will be interesting to see what it can do to change its fortune and give it a chance to advance to Level 4.

Here's a look at each Level 3 game involving local teams, 2-Minute Drill style:


No. 2 Menasha (10-1) at No. 1 West De Pere (11-0): The last time they met West De Pere won 56-42 in Week 6. Both offenses are real strong but you would have to believe the defenses will adjust and make it harder to score. Bottom Line is West De Pere runs all over everyone it plays, so the key is can Menasha contain the Phantoms' running game? If so, this will be a tight one.

No. 2 Appleton North (8-3) at No. 1 Kimberly (11-0): These rivals didn't play too close the first time as Kimberly won 45-14. The Papermakers are following the lead of the running back tandem of Caleb Frazer and Alec Martzahl. Bottom Line is North has to contain these two to have a chance.

No. 2 Marquette (8-3) at No. 1 Bay Port (11-0): Can Marquette, winners of eight straight, finally give Bay Port a challenge? The Pirates have been cruising all season, never being challenged as the likes of QB Andrew Thomas and RB Isaiah Gash have a tendency of scoring points. Bottom Line is Marquette has to figure a way to slow down and score on Bay Port when it matters to have a chance. Good luck.

No. 3 Wrightstown (9-2) at No. 1 Freedom (11-0): The first time these teams met it came down to the final moments with Freedom winning 27-20. Not much separates these teams and the rematch should play out very similar as there are no secrets. Bottom Line is Wrightstown needs to get ahead and put pressure on the Irish as the Tigers, despite a great road win last week at Baldwin-Woodville, are better when they don't have to pass. Wrightstown loves to run and then run some more.

No. 2 Berlin (9-2) at No. 1 Kiel (11-0): Berlin has had a great season and now is the next team looking to take down one of the best Division 4 teams in the state in Kiel. The Raiders have posted six shutouts in their last eight games, as the defense is stifling. Bottom Line is Berlin has to find a way to score and score first, otherwise Kiel will do what Kiel does, win comfortably and move on.

No.2 Lourdes Academy (11-0) at No. 1 Hilbert (11-0): Based on the records these teams could not have played better but now each has to find a way to beat an 11-0 team. Hilbert has outscored its opponents by 322 points, while Lourdes' scoring margin is 152. Bottom Line is Lourdes has to make Hilbert play into the fourth quarter and get the Wolves uncomfortable, something they haven't been all season.

No. 3 Chilton (9-2) at No. 1 Amherst (10-0): The Tigers have been great, reaching Level 3 for the first time in WIAA history. Now they get Amherst, which has won nine of 10 games by at least 14 points. Amherst beat New Holstein last week 31-13, while Chilton beat New Holstein during the regular season 15-14. What does that mean? Who knows? Bottom Line is Chilton has to play Amherst tough early and if it does the Tigers have a chance to make noise.

No. 2 St. Mary's Springs (9-2) at No. 1 Racine Lutheran (11-0): Springs has not lost since Week 2 and Lutheran has not lost since last year's Division 6 state title game. This game promises to be a state championship-caliber game with little difference between each. Bottom Line is if Springs, which has not allowed a team in the last five games to score more than seven points, plays well on defense, it likely advances.

No. 6 Coleman (9-2) at No. 1 Abbotsford (11-0): Coleman is making a "Cinderella" run, while Abbostford is just real good. The Cougars have scored 40 or more points in their current eight-game winning streak. Bottom Line is if Coleman can continue to score, it will continue playing into next week.

No. 3 Kaukauna (8-3) vs. No. 4 Superior (7-4) at D.C. Everest (Saturday): Kaukauna had a great road win last week at Hortonville, paying back the Polar Bears for a regular-season loss. Superior has been real good, too, beating the likes of FRCC runner-up Pulaski last week. Kaukauna lost home-field advantage when this game moved to D.C Everest due to travel, so now both teams are traveling. Bottom Line is both teams have momentum and are surprises to be here, so who stomps on whose momentum first?

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