Title on line between Clayton and Plum City (EHS' Fuller-Symes will be PC's home field in playoffs)
The weather will be fine and the sky may be filled with footballs going back and forth between Plum City and Clayton Thursday evening.
The No. 5 ranked Blue Devils will host the Bears at Plum City Field with both teams undefeated in Lakeland South Conference play. Plum City is 8-0 and Clayton is 7-1, the Bears' only loss was to No. 3 ranked Clear Lake in Division 6.
PC's win streaks are on the line as well, 51 in the regular season and 42 in the league.
The Blue Devils maintained their spot in the Division 7 rankings. Burlington Catholic Central dropped out of the top three as the Hilltoppers are now fourth, just ahead of PC. The top three teams in D-7 are Shell Lake, Randolph and Potosi, all with 8-0 records like Plum City with BCC 8-1 having won Wednesday evening 39-20 over No. 4 ranked Lake Country Lutheran of Division 6 in Midwest Classic Conference play.
Clayton and Plum City are the top two teams in both scoring and offense in the LSC. Both PC quarterback Alex Gilles and Clayton's Tyler Ketz have combined for over 2,400 yards passing and 34 touchdowns. Plum City's Tyler Churchill is the top receiver in the league with the Bears' Taylor Bergmann second, both with over 435 yards receiving with Churchill scoring nine touchdowns. Clayton's Kyle Larson is fourth in the league in receiving while PC's Chase Luebker is fifth.
Clayton can also run the ball as well. Ketz is fourth in the league in rushing with 513 yards and seven TDs while teammate Skyler Henry has rushed for 413 yards on 104 carries and has scored seven touchdowns. PC's leading rusher is Ryan Gillman with 425 yards on 90 carries and eight TDs.
Elmwood's Jesse McKune is still tops in rushing with 1,187 yards and a league-high 22 touchdowns. He'll look to add to his totals against Prairie Farm at home. Raider quarterback Brian Tolonen is third in the conference in passing with 675 yards and four touchdowns while teammate Logan Wolf is third in the LSC in receiving with 30 catches for 356 yards and two touchdowns.
If Spring Valley can somehow slow down No. 5 Mondovi's double rushing attack of Alex Wolf and Collin Laursen, the Cardinals will have a shot of upsetting the Buffaloes at home Thursday and clinching a playoff berth.
Other area ranked teams include Baldwin-Woodville, dropping down to No. 7 in Division 4 after losing last week to Somerset. The Spartans move back into the D-4 poll at No. 13.
Pairings for the playoff will be released Friday afternoon and the Level 1 games are scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. PLum City will play its home games at Fuller-Symes Field in Ellsworth.
While Ellsworth and Prescott will not be in the playoffs this season, both teams will have the unique chance to close their seasons Thursday with a win as they square off at Fuller-Symes Field with the kick-off set for 7 p.m. Ellsworth is looking to go on its first win-streak since 2007 if they beat the Cardinals.