High school football: Teams seeking answers after lopsided losses

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Oconto Falls set for homecoming battle with NEC foe
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Oconto Falls will look to hand Wrightstown its first loss of the season Friday night, which also serves as the Panthers’ homecoming game. (Times Herald file photo)

Slowing down the opposing offense was an issue for the three local football teams that hit the gridiron Friday. Oconto Falls and Suring were each shutout in lopsided losses, while Gillett was unable to keep pace with Gibraltar.

Cleaning up play on the defensive side of the ball could go a long way in helping all three teams bounce back during their week six matchups.

Oconto Falls will celebrate homecoming as North Eastern Conference foe Wrightstown visits.

The Panthers currently hold an 0-4 mark in the NEC, but coach Nick Bohl thinks the team will be ready to go on Friday.

“Wrightstown is very similar to us. They are a run-heavy offense that is similar to ours and will try to grind you down over the course of the game,” he said. “They are physical up front, quick off the ball and have backs who can score anywhere on the field.”

Wrightstown is second in the conference standings and needs a win to keep pace with frontrunner Little Chute (5-0). Despite having two players who have already combined for over 750 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, the Tigers’ passing game has also accumulated over 500 yards and seven scores.

“Our kids have been giving everything they have each week, and that’s all we can ask for,” Bohl said. “We will be facing lots of adversity this week, and our kids will be ready to step up and face it head on.”

Following its first MONLPC-Small Division loss last week, things don’t get any easier for Suring.

The Eagles will play host Friday to conference-leading Crivitz (3-0). The Wolverines took last year’s clash 37-18 and are currently riding a three-game winning streak in which they have outscored their opponents 139-14.

“Right now, we just need to concentrate on ourselves and try to improve every day,” Suring coach Mitch Taylor said.

After back-to-back lopsided losses, Gillett is looking to get its season back on track. The Tigers will travel Mazomanie to face Wisconsin Heights in place of its originally scheduled clash with the Bowler/Gresham co-op.

Wisconsin Heights has passed and rushed for nine touchdowns so far this fall. Gillett’s offense will be tasked with keeping pace with the Vanguards’ offense that is averaging 36 points per game.

Gillett has allowed 127 points over the last two weeks after surrendering just 46 across the first three games.

After an off week, the Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy co-op will look to put a halt to its three-game losing streak.

The co-op faces a stiff challenge in Wausaukee, which is on a three-game winning streak.

“This will be a good test for us,” coach Dale Lange said. “Wausaukee is a well-coached and experienced team. We need to be on the top of our game both offensively and defensively. This one could come down to who has the ball last.”

AT A GLANCE

All games at 7 p.m.

Friday — Oconto Falls vs. Wrightstown

Friday — Suring vs. Crivitz

Friday — Gillett at Wisconsin Heights

Friday — Lena/STAA vs. Wausaukee