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WIAA FB Preview: Bloomer vs. Stanley-Boyd

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Bloomer senior QB/LB Matt Salm Bloomer senior QB/LB Matt Salm
Bloomer head coach John Post Bloomer head coach John Post
Stanley-Boyd head coach Jeff Koenig Stanley-Boyd head coach Jeff Koenig

Bloomer, Stanley (WQOW) -- The schedule of WIAA Level 3 football playoff games includes a Division 5 showdown between 10-1 Bloomer and unbeaten Stanley-Boyd.

The Blackhawks have yet to allow a point in the postseason, but Bloomer head coach John Post knows his team will be tested by an Orioles offense that's scored 73 points in two playoff wins.

"Stanley has great team speed," says Post, "they're athletic as heck when you watch them on film. I know Coach Koenig, they're a very disciplined group of kids. So there's a lot of problems they can present. They're obviously winning for a reason."

Post says the Blackhawks are hitting their stride at a great time.

"You know, I think we're playing as well as we could be playing," says Post, "kids are overall healthy, you just cross your fingers and hope they continue to play well."

"We're playing as good as we have," says Bloomer senior QB/LB Matt Salm, "we'll obviously keep trying to get better every week. That's the goal. We'll see what works tomorrow and just key off of that."

Stanley-Boyd blew out Unity in Level 1, 45-13, but the Orioles were tested last week by Fall Creek, before prevailing, 28-21.  Stanley-Boyd head coach Jeff Koenig says his team has prepared very well this week, led by their senior captains.

"We have a great group of senior leaders on this team," says Koenig,  "we have some outstanding captains, even the guys who aren't captains have done a tremendous job of leading the team and keeping them focused. Really, we've had a proper perspective on everything the whole season long. So if you talked to them, you probably wouldn't notice it's any different game than normal. They've been all business all week, so hopefully that pays off Friday night."

The Orioles were a bit banged up in recent weeks, but Koenig says Stanley-Boyd is closer to being at full strength.

"By the end of the Fall Creek game, we had five starting defenders who were out of the game," says Koenig, "we've got most of those guys back, we've got a couple that are out of the season unfortunately, but hopefully guys can continue to get a little bit better, a little bit closer to full speed and help us play at a high level."

It's a 7:00 P.M. kickoff Friday at Chapman Park in Stanley between the Orioles and Blackhawks.

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