Brackets set for high school football playoffs
Nine area high school football teams made the WIAA playoffs, including Milton, Elkhorn and Clinton, who each got in thanks to a victory in their final regular-season games Friday.
The WIAA released the seven divisional brackets Saturday.
Lake Geneva Badger is the area's lone Division 1 team and, as a No. 3 seed, will host Racine Horlick at 7 p.m. Friday. The Badgers, the lowest-enrollment school in Division 1, finished 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the Southern Lakes Conference, good for a three-way share of the conference championship. Horlick was 4-5 overall, but 4-3 in the Southeast Conference thanks to a Friday-night victory over Kenosha Indian Trail.
Five local teams are part of the Division 3 bracket.
Edgerton (8-1, 7-0 Rock Valley North) is a No. 4 seed and will host conference rival Jefferson (7-2, 5-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Crimson Tide won 28-13 on the road on Sept. 20, setting up their run to the conference crown.
The winner of that game will face the winner of top seed Monona Grove and No. 8-seed Milton. The Red Hawks were 3-6 overall, but topped Stoughton, 6-3, on Friday to finish 3-3 in conference, earning a tournament bid. The two teams met in Week 8 of the regular season, with Monona Grove winning at home, 14-7.
On the other half of that bracket, Elkhorn travels to No. 3-seed Pewaukee for a 7 p.m. game Friday. The Elks topped Burlington on Friday to earn a 4-3 Southern Lakes mark and a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2008. Pewaukee went 5-1 to finish second in the Woodlands West.
In a different section of the Division 3 bracket, Evansville/Albany will travel to La Crosse Logan, though a date and time for the game had not yet been posted Saturday. The Blue Devils went 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the RVC North. Logan went 7-2 and its 5-1 mark was good for second place in the Mississippi Valley.
Three area teams are part of the Division 4 bracket, led by unbeaten Big Foot. The Chiefs (9-0, 5-0 RVC South) are a No. 1 seed and will host University School of Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on Friday. University School finished 5-2 to finish third in the Midwest Classic Conference.
The winner of that game will face the winner of Clinton and New Glarus/Monticello, which also play at 7 p.m. The Cougars cruised past Orfordville Parkview on Friday night to finish 3-2 in the RVC South and clinch a spot. New Glarus/Monticello shut out Cambridge on Friday to win the Capitol South Conference at 5-1.
In the other half of that bracket, No. 2-seeded Brodhead/Juda will host Saint Thomas More. The Cardinals lost to Big Foot on Friday on the road, but went 7-2 overall. Saint Thomas More finished fourth in the Metro Classic at 4-3.
WIAA football playoffs
Friday's area schedule
(6) Racine Horlick (4-5, 4-3 Southeast) at (3) Lake Geneva Badger (7-2, 6-1 Southern Lakes), 7 p.m.
(8) Milton (3-6, 3-3 Badger South) at (1) Monona Grove (9-0, 6-0 Badger South), 7 p.m.
(5) Jefferson (7-2, 5-2 Rock Valley North) at (4) Edgerton (8-1, 7-0, Rock Valley North), 7 p.m.
(6) Elkhorn (5-4, 4-3 Southern Lakes) at (3) Pewaukee (7-2, 5-2 Woodlands West), 7 p.m.
(6) Evansville/Albany (5-4, 4-3 Rock Valley North) at (3) La Crosse Logan (7-2, 5-1 Mississippi Valley), TBD
(8) University School of Milwaukee (6-3, 5-2 Midwest Classic) at (1) Big Foot (9-0, 5-0 Rock Valley South), 7 p.m.
(5) Clinton (5-4, 3-2 Rock Valley South) at (4) New Glarus/Monticello (5-4, 4-1 Capitol South), 7 p.m.
(7) Saint Thomas More (6-3, 4-3 Metro Classic) at Brodhead/Juda (7-2, 4-1 Rock Valley South), 7 p.m.