October 22, 2016
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Hunter Valach, left, of Wilmot has a pass broken up by Watertown defender Clayton Goodman during a WIAA Division-2 playoff game at Frank Bucci Field on Friday night. Wilmot lost, 28-21. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Watertown topples Wilmot


WILMOT — Another year, another early playoff exit for the Wilmot football team.

Watertown junior quarterback Dylan Fagerland showed why he is one of the state’s most prolific passers as he shredded the Panthers’ defense in the first half. Second-seeded Wilmot outscored the seventh-seeded Goslings 14-0 in the second half, but that wasn’t enough to prevent a 28-21 Watertown victory Friday night in a WIAA Division-2 first-round playoff game at Frank Bucci Field.

It’s the fifth time in the last seven seasons that Wilmot, which finished 8-2 overall, has bowed out in the first round and ninth time in its last 11 playoff appearances dating to 2002.

Prep football: Watertown (5-4) at Wilmot (8-1)

WIAA Division-2 playoffs, first round

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Wilmot looking to change its playoff luck


The WIAA Division-2 playoffs have not been kind to the Wilmot football team over the last decade-plus.

Since 2002, the Panthers are 2-10 in 10 playoff appearances, with first-round victories in 2011 and last year (39-6 over Greendale) their only successes.

Wilmot rallies past Comets

WILMOT — In its regular-season finale against Delavan-Darien last season, the Wilmot football team suffered one of the most excruciating defeats possible when it blew a 28-point fourth-quarter lead and lost in double overtime.

Twisting the knife in even more was that the loss cost Wilmot a chance to earn a share of the Southern Lakes Conference title.

Prep football: Delavan-Darien (5-3, 4-2 SLC) at Wilmot (7-1, 5-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Frank Bucci Field, 11112 308th Ave., Wilmot

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).

Wilmot posts a big SLC victory over Central

PADDOCK LAKE — Wilmot’s recent success against Central continued on Friday with a 35-9 victory for the visiting Panthers.

While the final score might not indicate the competitiveness of the contest, both teams knew they were in a hard-fought Southern Lakes Conference battle.

Prep football: Wilmot (6-1, 4-1 SLC) vs. Central (1-6, 0-5 SLC)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Central High School

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.

Wilmot wins on field goal in final seconds

WILMOT — A winning field goal with just 15 seconds left, on Homecoming, to clinch a playoff spot?

“I can’t describe it, it’s just surreal,” Wilmot senior Jeff Shoopman said.

Prep football: Burlington (2-4, 1-3 Southern Lakes) at Wilmot (5-1, 3-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Frank Bucci Field, 11112 308th Ave., Wilmot

An agonizing first loss for Wilmot


LAKE GENEVA — There’s only one way to describe Wilmot’s 27-21 double-overtime loss at Lake Geneva Badger on Friday night.

“Heartbreaking,” Panthers quarterback A.J. Frisby said. “There’s no other word to describe it besides heartbreaking.”

Prep football: Wilmot (5-0, 3-0 SLC) at Lake Geneva Badger (5-0, 3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Badger High School (220 E. South St., Lake Geneva)

Wilmot remains unbeaten



WILMOT — With 1 minute, 58 seconds left in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Frank Bucci Field on Friday night, the Wilmot football team led Union Grove by five points and faced a third-and-6 exactly at midfield.

Respect lacking


At 4-0 overall and tied atop the Southern Lakes Conference with Lake Geneva Badger and Delavan-Darien at 2-0, you’d think the Wilmot football team would’ve gotten some love in the state polls this week.

You’d be wrong.

Union Grove (3-1, 1-1 SLC) vs. Wilmot (4-0, 2-0)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Frank Bucci Field, 11112 308th Ave., Wilmot

Wilmot 4-0 after rolling over Elkhorn

ELKHORN — Of course there was concern of a letdown. Just not much of one.

One week after beating five-time defending Southern Lakes Conference champion Waterford by three points, the Wilmot football team defeated host Elkhorn, 30-6, on Friday.

Prep football: Wilmot (3-0) at Elkhorn (1-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Elkhorn High School, 482 E. Geneva St.

Wilmot beats Waterford on late kick


WILMOT — When strong-legged kicker Jeff Shoopman transferred from Christian Life to Wilmot because his family moved prior to last season, the Panthers gained a rare weapon.

Unfortunately, it was shelved last year because Shoopman had to sit our per WIAA transfer rules.

Prep football: Waterford (2-0) vs. Wilmot (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Wilmot High School (Frank Bucci Field), 11112 308th Ave.

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