Week 6 in our prep football coverage took us to Sheboygan Falls for the Falcons homecoming game with Two Rivers and it did not disappoint. Falls was in need of a win to stay afloat in the WIAA Playoff chase pool and Two Rivers is trying to keep pace with Plymouth atop the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. First half of the game was a seesaw battle with each team putting together prolonged drives that ate up a ton of yards and clock. Two Rivers struck first to go up 6-0 (they went for two every time they scored) and Falls responded with a 70 yard drive capped by a touchdown pass on 4th and goal at the Two Rivers 9. Falcons took a 7-6 on that play. The Raiders came back with another long drive, another touchdown, and another missed two point conversion to lead 12-7. Then there were a handful of drives the Falcons probably wished they could have back. Falls had no issue driving the ball but they would get stopped up in Raider territory. It happened twice late in the half, and once on the first drive of the game when Falls fumbled on the Two Rivers 4 yard line. Those missed opportunities would hurt later. Falls got he ball down 12-7 to open the second half but immediately threw a pick 6 and that's where the game turned on it's head. Two Rivers seized control and didn't look back in a 36-14 win. Ethan Willman was the player of the game for his efforts on the Raider offense and defense. Offensively he was a big target for QB Dexter Smith all game long. Making adjustments and overall presenting a match-up nightmare for Falls with his size. He was also the defensive back on the pick 6 in the second half. Falls isn't that far away but their road to the playoffs is shut down after the loss. Even if they win their final two games they wrap up at 3-4 in conference. But they'd love to finish strong and proved they could hang with a top tier team in the conference. Bittersweet moral victory I'm sure but one nonetheless.
Elsewhere the heartbreak of the night belonged to Sheboygan South. They lead Manitowoc at home 21-17 late and a victory would have put them at 3-2 in a VERY difficult FRCC conference. Manty kicked the ball out of bounds after a kickoff and instead of taking it, South had them re-kick, attempting to get better field position. Well the Ships recovered an onside kick, went down the field and scored late to get the victory, leaving South 2-4 in conference. Now they'd have to win their final two to qualify and of those games, one is against unbeaten and state ranked Ashwaubenon this Friday, on the road. If they just would have taken the ball after the kick out of bounds they might have been able to run the clock out, but hindsight is always 20/20.
Meanwhile North dropped one 27-14 at East and in the CLC Cedar Grove Belgium and Oostburg remained on a collision course for a clash at the end of the year with the CLC crown on the line. We'll be with the Rockets this Friday for a non-conference tilt with Hilbert.