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St. Joseph (3-0, 1-0 Metro Classic) at W.B. Dominican (1-2, 0-1 Metro Classic)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Whitefish Bay High School (1200 E. Fairmount Ave., Milwaukee)

Series note: The last two seasons have featured lopsided scores, with one game going in each team's favor. … Last season, the Knights blanked the Lancers, 39-0, holding St. Joseph to just 26 total yards. … In 2017, the Lancers blanked the Knights, 49-0, holding Dominican to 124 total yards.

Player to watch: St. Joseph has been terrific on the ground with its line and senior running back Jake Gessert, but Dominican packs the box, brings pressure and plays press coverage, so 6-0, 160-pound sophomore quarterback Jacob Ashmus will need protection to throw. Ashmus has had a good first three games as a varsity starter, throwing for 190 yards and four TDs and rushing for 60 yards and four TDs. ... "Jacob has a quiet confidence about him, and I love watching him grow into a leader on this team," St. Joseph coach Matt Rizzo said. "He has taken positive strides with being more of a vocal leader for us, and I think that has helped him take better control of the huddle and our offense. Jacob can throw a nice ball, and he is starting to see the field better as the season goes on. This week will be a big test for throwing the ball for Jacob and our offense. We had limited our throwing over the first few weeks, only because we were able to run the ball so well. Based on what we have seen from Dominican's defense, we plan on being more balanced this week, so we will look for Jacob to throw the ball around a bit more throughout the game."

 Key stat: Gessert is second in the conference with 409 rushing yards and already has 11 total TDs. His nine rushing TDs are tied for fourth in the state, according to WisSports.net. … Dominican has passed for 857 yards but has only rushed for 78 in three games.

FYI: The Lancers broke into the WisSports.net state rankings this week, checking in at No. 8 in Division-6. … St. Joseph has started 3-0 for the first time since 2012. The last time the Lancers started 4-0 was in 2003, when they moved all the way to 12-0 before losing to Poynette in a WIAA Division-5 state semifinal. … Dominican made the Division-5 playoffs last season, just the second postseason berth in program history. The other came in 2016.

Mike Johnson

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