Prep Sports NOW
By By Jay Sorgi
It's a rare Wednesday night of high school football, but today we're featuring three more games with conference championship and WIAA playoff implications.
Greater Metro Conference
Brookfield Central (7-1, 5-1) at West Allis Hale (6-2, 5-1), 7:00 p.m.
Central, Hale and Milwaukee Marquette all share the Greater Metro Conference lead with identical 5-1 records. The winner of the Central-Hale game would guarantee themselves a share of the championship and would win it outright if Menomonee Falls, which needs a win for a WIAA playoff berth, can upset Marquette tonight.
"Hale kind of dropped the ball last week to earn a share of the title, but they lost to (Sussex) Hamilton on Friday," said David Cotey of NOW Newspapers and MyCommunityNOW.com.
Central earned the 2006 Greater Metro championship, while Hale hasn't earned such a title since 1989. Central could have the edge in experience involving important games like this.
North Shore Conference
Homestead already owns a share of the North Shore crown, and they haven't lost in conference since 2002.
Cedarburg would tie them for the title if they upend Homestead. Their only loss comes in a surprising defeat at the hands of Port Washington.
They bring Logan Lauters, who has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, and Chip Rank, who has thrown for more than 1,000 yards this season.
"Cedarburg has a lot ahead of them tonight," states Cotey. "They have some talent, they have a couple of good offensive players, but they're going against a lot of tradition tonight against Homestead."
Muskego (2-6) at Franklin (4-4), 6:00 p.m.
Franklin, a team that won the 2006 WIAA state football championship, needs this win to simply qualify for a chance to earn the 2008 crown.
If they win tonight, they will have defeated all five teams below or tied with them in the Southeast Conference standings.