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by Mark Daniels

It's already week five in the High School Football Season and this week's Classic Conference game of the week has the hourglass almost empty for the Pulaski Red Raiders.  Coming off a playoff season a year ago but saddled with their fourth coaching change in the past four years, Pulaski has stumbled out of the gate at 0-4 and last week, in a 41-0 thrashing at the hands of the Southwest Trojans, lost arguably their most important player in quarterback Logan Syzmanski to a broken shoulder, ouch.  Pulaski doesn't have to win 'em all to get back to the post-season, but one more slip will doom their chance.   The Red Raiders travel to Dad Brashier Field to face the De Pere Redbirds.  They enter the game at 2-2 but didn't score a point in their first two games, shutout losses to Bay Port (40-0) and Notre Dame (7-0).  They've come alive with wins over Green Bay East and Sheboygan South.  The Redbirds are doing it more on defense than offense which is struggling with a new quarterback in Emmittt Kulik.  A year ago, De Pere made the playoffs but had their season end in the first round, losing 35-22 to yup, Pulaski.   The Redbirds are looking to return the favor and all but end the Red Raiders season Friday night.  Pre-Game coverage begins at 6:50 PM, the kickoff at 7:00 PM on 1440, WNFL.

Area teams are still well represented in the mid-season AP High School Football poll.  Among the Large Division schools, headed by number one ranked Mequon Homestead, Kimberly is second, Appleton North is number 5, Bay Port is at 7 and Oshkosh North is number 10.   In the Medium Division, West De Pere is a unanimous number one, with a 38 game regular season unbeaten streak going.  Waupaca is second, Appleton Xavier is 6th, Manitowoc Roncalli is 7, Chilton is 8 and Plymouth at number 10.   Among the Small Division schools, Fon duLac St.Mary's Springs remains number one while Shiocton comes in at number 6.