PULASKI (WLUK) -- With two regular season games remaining Pulaski is is must-win mode when it comes to trying to win at least a share of the Fox River Classic Conference title.
The Red Raiders and Green Bay Preble -- both 6-1 -- trail two-time defending conference champ Bay Port (7-0), so Friday's game with the Hornets is basically an elimination game.
Lose and a conference title is unlikely.
"This game is really big," Pulaski senior Casey Lambert said. "If we win this game we have a real good chance against Manitowoc (in Week 9) and getting a second home playoff game would be amazing to us. We really want to bring it to our school and our community."
Pulaski hosts Preble and being at home, the Red Raiders feel, is a big advantage,
"We got the best fans in the area, we got the best band in the area and even the student section, so I feel it could be a huge advantage," senior Brock Gracyalny said.
The Pulaski senior class has come a long way since its freshmen season when it struggled to win one game. Over time, the class improved and now is playing in big games late in the season.
"Our freshman year we went 0-9 or whatever, or 1-8, and it really stuck to all the freshmen," Gracyalny said. "We just wanted to keep working. We were all in the weight room. We all had that mentality like a chip on our shoulder. No one really saw us as a team that could do damage."
Damage has been done and Pulaski is looking to win two more games before the postseason kicks off. And two more wins could result in Pulaski's first FRCC title.
"It's a really big thing, I don't think it's been done for a really long time," Lambert said of winning a conference title. "Just to be one of the most dominant teams in the conference is really big for us. We really don't like any other teams in the conference so it's nice being able to beat them for the most part."
You know what the Red Raiders would like Friday, though, a win. And it would be big.
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