It’s hard to believe, but when Wisconsin high school football teams reach halftime of their Week 5 games tonight — past or future overtime periods notwithstanding — their seasons will be exactly half over.
It’ll be 4½ games down with 4½ to play.
So as we come screaming past the halfway mark with the conclusion of tonight’s games, here are some observations from Kenosha County high school football so far:
n Tonight marks the 58th edition of “The Rivalry” when Bradford and Tremper meet at 7 at Bradford Stadium.
The rivalry’s recent history has told me to always remember one thing: You never know when the tables will turn in sports.
Much like 25 years ago when nobody could imagine the Packers would hold a lead in their all-time series with the Bears, through the 2005 season it was hard to imagine the Red Devils gaining much ground in their series history with the Trojans.
Tremper’s 17-7 victory in 2005 gave it a dominating 32-9-1 lead in the all-time series. And while the Trojans still hold a healthy 35-21-1 all-time record in the rivalry, Bradford has gained significant ground in recent years.
The Red Devils have won 12 of their last 15 meetings with the Trojans — including a 3-0 record in the teams’ only three postseason meetings — starting with a 21-14 win in 2006.
We’ll see tonight if Tremper can start turning the tables back in its favor.
n When I talked to first-year Bradford coach Troy Bowe for the season previews, he couldn’t rave enough about the two-way talent possessed by the sophomore trio of Tavy Crump, Martice Fuller and Damarion Williams.
For good reason.
Crump leads the county in both receptions (19) and interceptions (three). Collectively, the three have accounted for 42 catches for 505 yards and four touchdowns.
It’ll be fun to watch that talent develop for the Red Devils over the rest of this season and two more.
n It’s hard to deduce what Tremper’s 2-2 record means in the Trojans’ third season under coach Jared McGranahan.
Tremper got off to a great start, beating West Allis Central and Milwaukee King by a combined 76-31 in two non-conference games.
But those opponents have a combined 3-5 record entering Week 5.
The Trojans then lost their first two Southeast Conference games to Indian Trail and Racine Horlick by a combined 91-13.
But the Hawks and defending SEC champion Rebels are a combined 4-0 in the SEC and look to be in the conference’s upper crust.
I think tonight’s game against a similarly young Bradford team should tell us more about where Tremper is at.
n I haven’t seen a better all-around offensive player in the county this season than Indian Trail senior quarterback Alex Jarvis.
He’s second in the county in rushing yards (366), leads the county in touchdowns (seven), has completed 28-of-49 passes for 294 yards and a score and — perhaps most importantly — hasn’t turned the ball over.
And when the Hawks give reps to strong-armed sophomore quarterback Argjent Ismali, Jarvis plays receiver, where Indian Trail coach Paul Hoffman has called him the team’s best perimeter blocker.
Now that’s versatility.
n Once again, as in recent years, the Wilmot football team is what I like to call “Wilmot tough.”
The Panthers might be undersized at some positions and play plenty of kids both ways, but no team is ever going to play harder or be more physical, pound-for-pound.
I thought Wilmot outplayed a very good Waterford team in last week’s 24-14 loss, but the Panthers came up empty on three possessions deep in Waterford territory that likely cost them the game.
I’m not much into predictions, but I expect the Panthers to secure their ninth consecutive postseason bid later this season.
n It’s unfortunate that St. Joseph had to forfeit Saturday’s game against Racine Lutheran.
But it was obviously the right decision.
It has to be tough on the seniors who don’t have another season, but without enough healthy players St. Joseph would simply be putting kids in jeopardy by playing this week.
No football game is worth that.
Rest up and heal, Lancers.
I hope to see you back on the field for your Homecoming game against Shoreland Lutheran in Week 6.
By then, we’ll be more than halfway home.
Mike Johnson is sports editor of the News. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.