Operation Football: Friday night football preview

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - GAME OF THE WEEK: Luxemburg-Casco (1-0) at Fox Valley Lutheran (1-0) - Fox Valley Lutheran High School, 7 P.M.

The Spartans are defending conference champions in the NEC after going a perfect 8-0 in conference in 2016. LC graduated starting quarterback Jon Deprey who led the team in rushing with 1,924 yards and 16 touchdowns and leading tackler in linebacker Dalton Smerchek and defensive linemen Trevor Vanden Bush. The Spartans lost 7-8 starters on defense and are heavily dependent on their experience offensive line.

Luxemburg-Casco defeated Denmark 34-14.
Spartans senior running back Austin Tlachac rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. LC junior quarterback Garrit Aissen threw for 132 yards and two scores with junior receiver Ian Doell caught both touchdowns. Doell had six receptions for 100 yards and added an interception on defense.

Adam Frey, Fox Valley Lutheran Head Coach
“Lux-Casco is always good and they are well coached. They are big and strong and they are physical. And just like every year they really get after it. They are very aggressive so we are talking about ways to kind of combat that a little bit and talking to our guys about this being an old school smash mouth football game. We have got to be ready to step up to that challenge.”

“They are dynamic on offense. They put together a lot of different sets and we have to be ready for everything they can throw at us. The jet sweeps and running it downhill and lining up in strength formations so it will be a challenge for sure so we are hoping our defense is ready for it.

“A lot of people are picking Luxemburg-Casco to win the conference, so rightfully so. They have deserved that and they are great team so to be able to beat a team the second week, that is supposed to win the conference would be awesome for our psyche and for our kids and hopefully if we get that win, hopefully it will take us for a while.”

The Foxes return a number of core players from last season's 6-4 team including junior quarterback Drew Reader and senior running back Zayne Rodencal who led FVL with 1,644 yards and 16 touchdowns a season ago.

Fox Valley Lutheran defeated Clintonville 75-0.
The Foxes scored 62 points in the first half against the Truckers in week one. Quarterback Drew Reader went 15-21 with 339 yards and five touchdown passes. Running back Zayne Rodencal had four touchdown runs on just seven total carries. Newcomer receiver Colten Schild had four catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns in his debut.

Dillon Maney, Luxembug-Casco Head Coach
“They are physical. They have got some big guys up front. They average around 250 pounds and for a high school program that’s obviously pretty impressive. With a great running back and then they have a real nice quarterback with some skilled kids on the outside so we’re going to have our hands full. Our kids know that. We have a target on our back being the conference champs from last year and we need to prepare like that.”

Wisconsin Rapids (1-0) at Kimberly (1-0) - Papermaker Stadium, 7 P.M.

Kimberly is coming off its 57th straight victory, the current longest active win streak in the nation. And it wasn't easy. The Papermakers scored with 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter and then Kimberly senior linebacker intercepted Fond du Lac senior quarterback Jack Cole in the endzone to win 35-28 last Friday. Wisconsin Rapids shutout Kaukauna in week one, 42-0.

Ashwaubenon (0-1) at Green Bay Notre Dame (1-0) - Notre Dame De La Baie Academy, 7 P.M.

Friday will mark the first home game for the Notre Dame Tritons since the passing of long-time Head Coach John Nowak. Notre Dame blanked Sheboygan South in week one, 42-0 while Ashwaubenon is coming off a loss to Green Bay Preble, 24-16.

Amherst (1-0) at St.Mary's Springs (1-0) - Fruth Field in Fond du Lac, 7 P.M.

Defending WIAA Division 5 State Champion Amherst travels to Fond du Lac to face D6 powerhouse St. Mary's Springs. Amherst defeated Omro 43-6 in week one, while the Ledgers shutout Markesan, 35-0. This is the third straight year the two small schools will face off. Last season Springs defeated Amherst 20-17, while the Falcons won in 2015, 39-14.