GAME OF THE WEEK
Sun Prairie (6-0, 6-0 Big Eight) vs. Madison West (5-1, 5-1) at Mansfield Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday
Sun Prairie has been thoroughly impressive through its first six games, averaging 47.2 points per game and allowing only 25 points, and only seven points after the first quarter in any game. Senior Draven Peeples has averaged 9.8 yards per carry with six touchdowns in 20 carries after returning to the Cardinals’ lineup. Jack Zander has thrown for 837 yards and 15 scores.
However, aside from a 34-6 win over Middleton, the Cardinals have not played a team with a record better than .500. But a major test awaits on Thursday in the form of West — which has won three straight after a Week 3 loss to Middleton. Senior Jaden Stephens has rushed for 617 yards and seven touchdowns to lead West.
All Big Eight Conference games this week will be played Thursday, in observance of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Other games (all 7 p.m.): Janesville Parker at Beloit Memorial; Madison Memorial at Janesville Craig; Verona at Madison East; Madison La Follette at Middleton.
GAMES TO WATCH
Stoughton (6-0, 4-0 Badger South) at Watertown (4-2, 3-1), 7 p.m. Friday
An intriguing Badger South pairing marks the second of three steps in Stoughton’s gauntlet run toward the Badger South title. After beating Oregon last week, 30-27, the Vikings meet Watertown on Friday and then play at unbeaten league leader Monona Grove next week. Senior Brady Schipper, injured early in the season, already is up to 972 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns, and the team averages 6.5 yards per carry.
Wide-open Watertown has been an intriguing addition to the Badger South. Goslings senior quarterback Dylan Fagerland has thrown for 1,992 yards and 20 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, authoring a lot of late-game heroics in recent tests against Monroe (a 29-28 loss), Madison Edgewood (a 31-29 win) and Milton (a 27-20 win).
Waunakee (6-0, 4-0 Badger North) at Reedsburg (1-3, 1-5), 7 p.m. Friday
Coach Pat Rice’s Warriors have been building one of the most dominant regular seasons the area has seen in some time, with an average final score of 56-8. They’ve built their record through unmatchable power and speed, with Javian Dayne picking up 837 yards rushing with 13 touchdowns, and Nate Carter throwing for 1,020 yards and 12 TDs with only three interceptions in 78 throws.
Reedsburg fell 20-7 last week to Mount Horeb/Barneveld, as sophomore rushing and receiving leader Casey Campbell (457 yards rushing) was missing from the Beavers’ flex-bone offense due to injury.
Lakeside Lutheran (4-2, 1-1 Capitol North) vs. Lake Mills (5-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
These schools — located just about across the street from one another in Lake Mills — both remain in the hunt in the Capitol North race. Despite a 55-24 loss to Lodi in Week Five, Lake Mills has scored no less than 41 points in its other five outings. Senior quarterback Ben Dunkleberger has thrown for 1,590 yards and 19 touchdowns with four interceptions, and he has rushed for 824 yards and 11 more scores. Lakeside is on the rebound after a 41-10 loss to Lodi last week. Junior Jack Monis has thrown for 410 yards and four TDs and rushed for 768 yards and 13 more scores.
Belleville (5-1, 2-0 Capitol South) at Cambridge (4-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The visiting Wildcats can lock in a playoff berth with a victory. Cambridge hopes to rebound from last week’s non-conference loss to Darlington by taking over sole possession of the league lead with a victory. Belleville has shut out its last two opponents, New Glarus/Monticello and Waterloo, after a 41-0 loss to Lake Mills.