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.