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Phantoms' defense has been a menace this season

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West De Pere is 4-0 this season entering Friday's game against Xavier. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- One of West De Pere's goals this season is to win the Bay Conference and most believe the Week 7 game with conference co-favorite Menasha will be the deciding the contest.

However the Phantoms know in order to win the Bay they need to keep winning, including this week against Xavier in the Game Time Game of the Week.

"It's huge because very game matters, for the conference and for the playoff rankings, stuff like that," senior lineman Jake Karchinski said. "We're just going to take one game at a time. We'll see where it goes from there."

"Trust me, Xavier and Seymour will get our full attention," West De Pere coach Jack Batten said of his next two opponents. "They're both very good football programs, they're rivalry games. Our kids like playing in them. You literally have to take them one at a time. When that week comes we'll focus on that."

A big reason why West De Pere is undefeated is its defense. Through four games the Phantoms have recorded three shutouts and have allowed just 14 points, which came in a Week 4 33-14 non-conference win at Luxemburg-Casco.

The Phantoms are led by Karchinski, an Iowa recruit, who has high praise for his defensive teammates.

"This defense is playing amazing, actually," Karchinski said. ."We're all running to the football and we're playing as a team. It's been clicking for us. We want to shut out every team, that's our goal at least.

"So we're coming in after allowing 14 points, that's like a little motivation for us to shut teams out."

Allowing 14 points doesn't seem like that much, especially when you win by almost 20 points. However, West De Pere is trying to make it as difficult as possible for opponents to beat it, so cleaning up the defense is a priority.

"There was a little blip last week," Batten said. "There were some mistakes with our coverages, we didn't play real good defense on the last drive of the half. We kind of lost our cool a little bit, coach included.

"It was frustrating. We need to get better this week, that's for sure."

For the Phantoms the defense will never rest.

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