GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay Preble knows it will compete in the postseason starting next week, but Friday the Hornets have an important game as Fox River Classic Conference leader Bay Port and its 8-0 record visit.
Preble knows Friday's result will impact where it ends up in the Division 1 playoffs, and a win over a perfect team could keep the Hornets at home for the start of the postseason.
Preble (6-2) can't even gain a share of the league title, but there's plenty at stake, even if the Hornets are trying to keep it like a normal week.
"The reason why it's big, and it might sound cliche, what we've been saying all year, 'We play Bay Port this week,'" Preble coach Tim Larsen said. "Every single week we've been saying this is a huge game because we play Ashwaubenon this week or we play Pulaski or Sheboygan.
"It is a great opportunity for us to play the team with the best record in the conference. We have to approach it like any other week."
Senior running back Henry Geil admits this week practice has had a little more energy.
"Now the real work starts and I think everybody knows that," Geil said. "Practice has been amped up a little more than it has been. You can probably tell by the crazy music we're playing.
"Everybody has kind of been in go-time mode and I think it's a good thing and it's benefiting our team. We're playing physical, we're playing tough, we're playing fast and that's just what we need."
Preble beat Pulaski last week, 17-14, and that was coming off a 24-10 loss to Notre Dame. So, this is the third game in a row the Hornets are playing against an upper-half team in the FRCC.
A win Friday would put the Hornets in a great frame of mind entering the postseason.
"A win this week would help a lot and it would be a morale booster, too, because there's always the age-old question if Preble can with the big teams or the big dogs in the conference," Geil said. "I think we proved that last week against Pulaski. This is just another week to test it out."
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