Hudson, Glenwood City (WQOW) -- Hudson and Glenwood City are each one win away from the WIAA State Football finals.
Hudson has made it to Level 4 of the playoffs for the first time ever. The Raiders have rolled to three impressive postseason wins in Division 1, including last Saturday against perennial power Appleton North.
Now, Hudson is getting ready to face one of the best programs in the state, Arrowhead. The Warhawks are in the playoffs for the 23rd time, including nine trips to the state finals.
"This team that we're playing is really good, we gotta be ready for it," says Hudson head coach Adam Kowles, "we got to win the field position battle, we got to win the turnover battle, and you know, you gotta get some breaks along the way, we gotta hang onto the ball, there's no doubt about it."
As impressive as Raiders looked last week, Kowles says his team will have to play a much cleaner game against Arrowhead.
"It's a big test," says Kowles, "they're not only big up front but they can run, they got guys that can run all over to the ball, so you know, you gotta take some chances when you can, but you gotta run the offense, and hang onto the ball like I said, but it's a huge test for us, we're excited for the opportunity. We're going on adrenaline now, we're going to keep going as long as, we always say we're going to play as long as they tell us we can't play any more. Guys are excited, and they're excited for another opportunity, they're excited to be out here at practice and we're having fun."
Hudson and Arrowhead is a 4:00 P.M. kickoff Saturday at Stiehm Stadium, in Schofield.
In Division 7, Glenwood City has advanced to Level 4, after the Hilltoppers took out Pepin/Alma last Saturday. This week, it's a matchup with Hilbert. The Wolves are in the playoffs for the 21st time.
"Against Hilbert, we can't make mistakes," says Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong, "[they're an] 11-and-0 team, and they run a flawless Wing-T, we have to step up for four quarters."
The Hilltoppers have had a huge turnaround this season after going 1-8 in 2011. But Strong says his team is approaching its Level 4 like any other.
"We go in with the mindset to grind it out every week," says Strong, "that's the style offense that we play, but we have some explosive athletes that make big plays, so what we tell them is that it's a prize fight, keep going to the kidney, kidney, kidney, and then hit the big home run."
"We're really focused," says Hilltoppers senior Matt Schouten, "every week we come in zero-and-zero, our record, we have no wins, and we just come in to win every week."
Glenwood City vs. Hilbert is a 12:30 P.M. kickoff, Saturday at Stiehm Stadium in Schofield.
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