EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- See how the Eau Claire Regis and Rice Lake football teams are prepping for their level 4 matchups this Friday night in Tuesday night's SportScene 13!
The Eau Claire Regis football team is in level 4 of the playoffs for the second straight year. This year, they’ll take on an unfamiliar foe in Iola-Scandinavia on Friday night in Stevens Point.
The Ramblers are the 3-seed coming out of the northwest bracket in division 6, while I-S is coming out of the northeast part. Regis beat Unity last Friday night 21-8.
I-S has quite the running game: over 4,000 yards rushing and 61 rushing touchdowns, so the Ramblers defense will have to step up. This week’s matchup could be a little tougher than last week’s with I-S having lost only 2 games, one of those to division 5 powerhouse Amherst.
"We know we play in a good league, but so does Iola (Scandinavia),” Bryant Brenner, Regis head coach, said. “They play in a league that's very, very comparable. They play Amherst and Amherst has had as much success as anybody. We know that they aren't afraid. They are familiar with good competition. We just tell our kids just don't press when you feel pressure. Just enjoy each moment and enjoy being together and make the most out of every moment that we have."
In division 3, there's a feeling of Déjà vu as Rice Lake is back to level 4 of the playoffs: same time, same place, same team. For the second straight year, the Warriors head to D.C. Everest for a game against Green Bay Notre Dame with a trip to Camp Randall on the line.
The Tritons came away with a 35-17 win last year, but head coach Dan Hill expects a competitive game Friday night.
"You look on what you had on them, since it's a rematch,” Hill said. “You went through this process once before against that team. They're a different team, to the degree that we are. We're still running the same system; they're still running the same system. Playoff ball comes down to you doing what you do better than what they do. It's still a contest of execution on each side. If you want to see a good high school football game, D.C. Everest is the place to be Friday night."