Area teams ready to erase sting of week two losses

CWC-Large teams open conference play this week
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Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel will host Manawa on Thursday in its Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division opener.

When the third week of the high school football season gets underway, several local teams will be hoping to get back on the winning side of things after suffering setbacks in week two.

Of the six local teams, only Wittenberg-Birnamwood claimed a victory last week in a 43-0 romp of Crandon. Through two weeks, the undefeated Chargers have outscored their two opponents 81-22.

Like the rest of the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division, Witt-Birn opens conference play this week. The Chargers will play their first of three home games, facing three-time defending state champion Amherst, which suffered a 34-0 loss to Saint Mary’s Springs last week.

Bonduel opens CWC-Large play on Thursday against Manawa after falling to Peshtigo at home last week.

Bonduel, which defeated Manawa 48-18 last year, is hoping to build off of some of the positives from last week’s loss.The Bears know things won’t come easy though, as the Wolves have averaged 44 points and are 2-0 this year.

“Last week was a tough loss, but our team was able to take away many positives,” Bonduel coach James Westrich said. “We know that we have a very good Manawa team coming up this week and it is very important to put last week behind us and put all our focus into Manawa. They played us very tough the last few seasons and I expect that this year will not be any different. We need to start fast and execute our gameplan.”

The Marion/Tigerton co-op, which plays in the CWC-Small Division, is also coming off tough 20-12 loss to Elcho/White Lake.

The Thundercatz have one more nonconference game remaining before getting into conference play. The co-op will host Northland Pines, which trampled Northern Elite 48-20 last week.

Shawano dropped a low-scoring Bay Conference game to Waupaca last week and is still seeking its first win of the season.

The Hawks will hit the road for the second time this year and take on conference foe Green Bay East. The Red Devils are also 0-2 in conference play and are coming off a 23-17 loss to a tough Xavier squad.

Shawano coach Alan Tomow believes the team has put last week’s loss in the rearview mirror.

“We looked at the film and saw where we had our chances to win the game. We played hard and we just did not execute in big situations,” Tomow said. “Our team gets more experience each week and will continue to get better. We take any opportunity to use games as a teachable moment, unfortunately we had to learn from a tough loss on Friday. We’ve done a good job putting that one behind us and there is still a lot of football left to be played this year.”

Last year, Shawano eased past Green Bay East 56-21 in a week three clash.

A week three North Eastern Conference matchup between Clintonville and Denmark pits two teams in similar situations. Both the Truckers and Vikings have opened the year with two conference losses while failing to muster much offense along the way.

Last year’s battle saw Denmark pick up a 41-0 win over Clintonville.

Coming off a lopsided loss to Gillett, things don’t get any easier for Menominee Indian. The Eagles will travel to Gibraltar, one of the top ranked teams at the eight-man football level, on Thursday.

After an 0-2 start, Menominee Indian coach Chris Clache is trying to lighten the mood, which he hopes allows the players to have more fun and success on the field.

A year ago, Gibraltar picked up a win in a high-scoring tilt, something Clache and the Eagles are hoping to avoid this year.

“We need to dictate the pace of the game. Last year we got into a shootout when we really were not equipped for that kind of game,” Clache said. “We need to know our jobs and trust that the guy next to us knows his. I believe we are slowly improving, and with a couple guys coming back this week and a few more next week, we should be a stronger team.”

AT A GLANCE

Thursday - Manawa at Bonduel, 7 p.m.

Thursday - Menominee Indian at Gibraltar, 7 p.m.

Friday - Shawano at Green Bay East, 7 p.m.

Friday - Amherst at Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 7 p.m.

Friday - Denmark at Clintonville, 7 p.m.

Friday - Northland Pines at Marion/Tigerton (Tigerton), 7 p.m.