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Two Pierce County prep football teams can clinch and or put their playoff hopes in a good place with wins this evening.

Prescott has its Homecoming game at Laney Field against Baldwin-Woodville. And what better way to celebrate a Homecoming than with clinching a playoff berth which the Cardinals can do with a win. But just like with Ellsworth a week ago, PHS cannot let Baldwin-Woodville's 1-5 record fool them into complacency, as if all the Homecoming distractions were bad enough.

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The Blackhawks once again endured another close defeat last Friday. B-W battled unbeaten Ellsworth as hard as they could but succumbed 20-6. The 'Hawks scored first in the ballgame and has lost only one contest by more then 20 points this season.

"We talked to the kids right away this week Baldwin is a darn good team despite their record and we'll have to play at our best to win this game," Cardinal head coach Matt Smith said. 

A loss would put the Cards' into a danger zone, meaning they would have to win at Durand or beat Ellsworth in the final game of the regular season to make the playoffs for the second season in a row, something which hasn't been accomplished at PHS since the 2000-01 seasons. Better to get the job tonight and worry about the conference title race, of which they are still very much a part of, afterwards.

Speaking of which, Ellsworth already has the playoff berth oin hand and now will look to secure its first Middle Border title since 1999. The next step in that process will be a tussle at New Richmond tonight. The No. 3 ranked Panthers find themselves in a similar spot as they were a week ago, facing a club with a less-than-stellar record (the Tigers are 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the MBC) but like B-W had been hit with some close losses (12-7 to Durand, 21-14 to Prescott). It's also NR's Homecoming and the Tigers have had the better of the Panthers lately. Ellsworth hasn't beaten New Richmond since 2007, including last year's awful 7-0 Homecoming loss which the Panthers would love to avenge. Rain could be a factor as Ellsworth has to hold onto the ball in potentially slick and wet conditions. Upsets usually take place when there's lots of turnovers.

Spring Valley wouldn't clinch an auto bid to the playoffs with a win at St. Croix Central (it takes four conference wins to do so) but they would be a in very good shape with three wins and would do no worse than 3-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference as they face No. 4 ranked Glenwood City to end the regular season. That plus their non-conference wins would do the trick if the Cards' get past SCC this evening in Hammond.

Elmwood-Plum City has to win two out of its next three Lakeland South contests to make the playoffs again and they'll start tonight in Elmwood against winless Lake Holclombe/Cornell. EPC quarterback Levi Wolf was injured in the Wolves 34-13 loss to St. Croix Falls last week but is reportedly ready to play this evening in Elmwood's Homecoming game. Kick-off for this and other county high school games is at 7 p.m. EPC is hosting a Homecoming tailgate starting a 5:30 p.m. at Raider Field.

Here's a link to the latest state coaches' poll: http://www.wissports.net/page/show/984374-week-6. 

Here's a link to Dunn-St. Croix Conference stats: http://www.wissports.net/stats/division_instance/38661?subseason=114947&...

Here's a link to Lakeland South Conference stats: http://www.wissports.net/stats/division_instance/38673?subseason=114947&...

Middle Border Conference

Ellsworth                4-0             6-0

Somerset                       3-1                 5-1

Osceola                          2-2                4-2

Prescott                   3-1           5-1

Durand                            3-1             4-2

New Richmond               1-3             1-5

Amery                             0-4             1-5

Baldwin-Woodville        0-4             1-5 

Friday, Sept. 27

Durand 33, Amery 30

Ellsworth 20, Baldwin-Woodville 6

Prescott 44, Osceola 18

Somerset 44, New Richmond 20

Friday, Oct. 4

Somerset at Amery

Ellsworth at New Richmond

Durand at Osceola

Baldwin-Woodville at Prescott

 Lakeland South Conference

Alma/Pepin                         4-0             6-0

Clear Lake                           3-1              4-2

Clayton                                2-2             2-4

Shell Lake                            1-2              2-4 

Elmwood/Plum City     1-2           2-4

Turtle Lake                          1-2             2-4

Lake Holcombe/Cornell      0-4             0-6

Friday, Sept. 27

St. Croix Falls 34, Elmwood/Plum City 14 (nc)

Turtle Lake 47, Shell Lake 41

Alma/Pepin 62, Lake Holcombe/Cornell 20

Saturday, Sept. 28

Clear Lake 12, Clayton 6

Friday, Oct. 4

Clear Lake at Frederic (nc)

Clayton at Turtle Lake

Alma/Pepin at Shell Lake

Lake Holcombe/Cornell at Elmwood/Plum City

Dunn-St. Croix Conference

Mondovi                            4-0          6-0

Glenwood City                   2-1          5-1

St.  Croix Central               2-1          2-4

Colfax                                 2-2          4-2

Spring Valley              2-2         4-2

Boyceville                          0-3            2-4

Elk Mound                         0-3            1-5

Friday, Sept.  27

Colfax 46, Elk Mound 27

Mondovi 22, Glenwood City 21

Spring Valley 32, Boyceville 14

Arcadia 37, St. Croix Central 6

Friday, Oct. 4

Spring Valley at St. Croix Central

Glenwood City at Boyceville

Elk Mound at Mondovi

Colfax - bye

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Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
(715) 273-4334
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