Spartans, Tigers playing for lead in the North Eastern Conference


WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK) -- Wrightstown hosts Luxemburg-Casco in a battle of co-leaders in the North Eastern Conference on Friday and there's plenty at stake.

The winner of this game claims at least a share of the conference title with one week to play and for Wrightstown, it's arguably bigger for it as the Tigers close the season at Little Chute (5-2) while Luxemburg-Casco finishes with winless Oconto Falls.

Wrightstown coach Steve Klister knows what his team's up against.

"Big, physical team," he said of the Spartans. "Big line. A real big tight end-running back they move -- Coisman -- around. he's a good athlete. Tough to defend."

Meanwhile, Luxemburg-Casco coach Dillon Maney knows what Wrightstown brings to the table.

"A great offensive ground and pound philosophy," he said. "Stacking the box and getting three, four, five, six yards a pop and they just wait for you to make mistakes. That's why we're really emphasizing on not making mistakes on defense, staying there, to stay tough, to tackle well.

"Hopefully on offense we can do some of the same things they do to teams . We know it's going to be a battle. Wrightstown, coach Klister does a phenomenal job there. They have a bunch of tough-nosed kids, who have tons of winning experience. So we're going to have our hands full.

"We look forward to the opportunity to go in there and compete a little bit and do our best and see what happens."

Although this is a Week 8 game Friday's contest will have a championship game-like feel to it and the teams are anxious to be part of it.

No doubt it, both teams are looking forward to the championship game-like atmosphere on Friday night."

"It's going to be a great atmosphere here, we have a great fan base and we just know it's going to be a great time," Wrightstown senior Luke Haese said.

"This is everything you dream of as a kid," Spartans quarterback Gatti Aissen said. "Ever since you started loving football this is what you dream of, this game Friday. It's a blast.

"Everyone on the team is going to try their heart out. It's going to be a fight this Friday. I'm excited."

Friday night football, it doesn't get much better than this.

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