Stanley, Glenwood City (WQOW) -- Stanley-Boyd and Glenwood City each stand one win away from the WIAA State Football Finals at Camp Randall Stadium.
Stanley-Boyd made back-to-back trips to the state finals in 1995 and '96, but the Orioles have not been back since.
Stanley-Boyd had an impressive Level 3 win last week over Bloomer, but the Orioles' opponent in their next game is Amherst, the defending Division 5 state champ. Stanley-Boyd head coach Jeff Koenig says his team will be ready for the challenge.
"They're a great football team," Koenig says, "the defending division five state champs. They already played Colby and knocked them off pretty soundly and they're just a great football team. We just have to play good fundamentals, good technique, and just try to play fast like we were able to the last couple weeks to really try to play our game."
"We need to play clean, crisp and take care of the ball," says Orioles senior quarterback TYler Sorenson, "turnovers were our biggest problem earlier in the year, just not putting people away. I think if we clean that up we'll be fine."
"We're always trying every week to improve," Koenig says, "we break down the film looking for things we can improve on, and it's the same thing this week. We're trying to learn some things from the Bloomer game and just keep improving."
Stanley-Boyd and Amherst will kick it off at 7:00 P.M., Friday, at Stiehm Stadium in Schofield.
In Division 7, defending state champ Glenwood City is looking for a second straight trip to Camp Randall Stadium. The Hilltoppers take on Pittsville, Friday night in Chippewa Falls. One thing in Glenwood City's favor, the Hilltoppers know how to prepare for a game like this.
"You know, they have the experience in these big playoff games," says Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong, "and when things were down a little bit in the Owen-Withee game and early on in the Pepin/Alma game, they were able to rally around each other because they had been in that situation before. So it has really helped us."
Glenwood City withstood a tough test last week from Pepin/Alma, but before the Hilltoppers can look ahead to finishing this season at Camp Randall Stadium, they know they need to focus on a Pittsville team that's playing its best football in the postseason.
"They're a great team all around," says Glenwood City senior quarterback/linebacker Nick Mrdutt, "they have playmakers at running back, wide receiver, throughout their entire team really, and it will be a true challenge for us."
"I think the key will be to use our speed," Strong says, "we have to control the line of scrimmage and get our backs out into space and into the open field and I think good things will happen. I think one of the other keys is we can't turn the ball over. We turned it over more in the last two weeks than we have all season combined, so we need to clean that up."
Glenwood City plays Pittsville, Friday, at 7:00 P.M., at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls.
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