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Lake Geneva Badger (2-0) at Wilmot (2-0)

When: 7 tonight

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

Series note: Since 2010, when Wilmot began its streak of nine straight playoffs appearances, the Panthers hold a 5-4 series lead on the Badgers. … The last three years have featured especially close games, with Wilmot winning 23-17 in Lake Geneva last year on Zack Watson's fourth-quarter TD pass to Cullen Ketterhagen in Week 7. … Badger won 31-24 in OT in 2017 and 27-21 in double OT in 2016.

Player to watch: You can't stop Badger from accumulating rushing yards out of its flexbone offense, but the key is to limit explosive plays and keep the Badgers' yards per carry manageable. For Wilmot, 6-3, 290-pound sophomore nose tackle Ethan Ivan will be a big key to that. … "When you're playing a team like this — and their center and guards are really good — if he can kind of get off at the point of attack and get help from other guys on the field, I think we'll have some success at least being able to slow them down," Wilmot coach Keiya Square said.

Key stat: The Badgers have rushed for 691 yards on 79 carries for a robust 8.7 yards per carry this season. … Out of Wilmot's 511 total yards gained this season, senior quarterback Zack Watson has accounted for 399 of those rushing and passing, which amounts to 78.1 percent of the Panthers' yardage total.

FYI: Wilmot has made the playoffs nine years in a row, while Badger has a string of 13 consecutive postseason appearances. … Since 2010, the teams have combined for at least a share of eight Southern Lakes Conference titles, and just once — Badger in 2014 — has either team finished below fourth place.

Mike Johnson

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