October 28, 2016
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Alec Gessert, bottom, and Dominic Milisauskas, top right, of St. Joseph tackle Noah Ahles of Shoreland Lutheran during a Metro Classic Conference game in Somers on Oct. 14. The Lancers travel to Columbus on Friday for a WIAA Division-5 playoff game. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

St. Joseph needs to be at its best vs. top-seeded Columbus


The St. Joseph football team faces a daunting challenge when it travels to Columbus for a WIAA Division-5 second-round playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday.

But the fifth-seeded Lancers (7-3) think they’ll be a handful for the top-seeded Cardinals (10-0), too.

Coming off a 28-14 win at fourth-seeded Random Lake in the first round last week, St. Joseph feels it’s playing as well as it has all season. The Lancers have won five of six since a loss to Greendale Martin Luther in Week 4, outscoring their opponents 144-59 in the process.

Prep football: St. Joseph (7-3) at Columbus (10-0)

What: WIAA Division-5 second-round playoff game

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Gessert’s played a big role in Lancers’ success


The coaching staff and the player himself can give you a strong idea about how much impact someone has on a football team.

For the best idea? Ask the guy who lines up next to him.

Big nights for two Lancers in playoff victory


It was hard to tell which senior was more excited after St. Joseph’s game: Jerry Madden or Freddy Steinmetz.

They each helped the Lancers defeat Random Lake, 28-14, Friday night in the first-round of the WIAA Division-5 football playoffs.

St. Joseph advances in football playoffs


RANDOM LAKE — The St. Joseph football team never wavered.

Time and time again, the fifth-seeded Lancers overcame mistakes or capitalized on those made by fourth-seeded Random Lake en route to a 28-14 victory Friday in the first round of the WIAA Division-5 playoffs. The last time St. Joseph reached the second round was 2012.

Prep football: St. Joseph (6-3) at Random Lake (7-2)

WIAA Division-5 playoffs, first round

When: 7 p.m. Friday

St. Joseph gets past Shoreland


SOMERS — For most of Friday night’s regular-season finale, both St. Joseph and Shoreland Lutheran seemed to be on the verge of breaking out.

And then in a blink, it was the Lancers who did.

Prep football: St. Joseph (5-3 overall, 4-2 MCC) at Shoreland Lutheran (3-5, 2-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Shoreland High School, 9026 12th St., Somers

MMQB: Lancers not worrying


St. Joseph’s chance to win its first conference championship since 2005, when it was a member of the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference, is all but over following the Lancers’ 24-13 loss to Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night at Ameche Field on Friday night.

While St. Catherine’s (6-2, 5-1 MCC) clinched at least a share of the Metro Classic Conference title with the win, St. Joseph (5-3 overall) dropped into a three-way tie for second in the eight-team league at 4-2 with Greendale Martin Luther (6-2 overall) and Racine Lutheran (5-3 overall).

St. Catherine’s dents St. Joseph’s hopes


Racine St. Catherine’s sophomore quarterback Da’Shaun Brown has been terrorizing opposing defenses all season.

Prep football: Racine St. Catherine’s (5-2, 4-1 Metro Classic) at St. Joseph (5-2, 4-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Ameche Field

Leading Off: An early prep football playoff primer


If you haven’t gotten out to see a county high school football game yet, there are plenty of playoff and conference title implications with two regular-season weeks remaining.

Allow me to be your tour guide.

St. Joseph football team wins third in a row

The task won’t be easy, but the St. Joseph football team has made it straightforward.

If the Lancers win their final two games, they’ll be Metro Classic Conference champions.

Prep football: St. Joseph (4-2, 3-1 Metro Classic) vs. St. Thomas More (0-6, 0-4)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Francis High School, 4225 S. Lake Dr.

Defense leads Lancers past BCC

It took almost the entire first half Friday night for the St. Joseph offense to find an opening in its Metro Classic Conference contest against Burlington Catholic Central at Ameche Field.

That slow start didn’t seem to matter much because the Lancers’ defense was downright suffocating.

Prep football: Burlington Catholic Central (1-4, 1-2 MCC) vs. St. Joseph (3-2, 2-1 MCC)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Tremper High School (Ameche Field), 8560 26th Ave.

Draper steps in for victorious Lancers


When Wyatt Draper stepped onto Ameche Field on Friday night for pregame warmups, the St. Joseph junior running back had no idea he was about to become the focal point of the Lancers’ no-huddle offense.

That’s because the county’s leading rusher — senior Jerry Madden — had to be helped off the field on the game’s opening kickoff against visiting Racine Lutheran with a hip injury.

Racine Lutheran (3-1, 2-0 Metro Classic) vs. St. Joseph (2-2, 1-1)

When: 7 tonight.

Where: Ameche Field, 8560 26th Ave.

Prep roundup: St. Joseph football team falls at Martin Luther

Greendale Martin Luther scored twice in a span of six seconds in the second quarter in downing St. Joseph 28-14 in a Metro Classic Conference football game on Friday night in Greendale.

The Spartans scored on an 85-yard run by Darrios Garrett to take the lead for good at 14-7 with 6 minutes and 7 seconds left in the first half. Six seconds later, Nik Mueller found Travis Guehlstorg with a 28-yard TD pass to give the Spartans (3-1, 1-1) a 21-7 lead they would keep at halftime.

Prep football: St. Joseph (2-1) at Greendale Martin Luther (2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Martin Luther High School, 5201 576th St., Greendale

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