Now comes the tough part for the Wausau West football team.
The Warriors traveled to Appleton North hoping to contend with the perennial power Lightning, but came up short 27-0. West was in the game for three quarters, trailing just 7-0, but a 20-point third quarter lifted unbeaten Appleton North.
The Lightning improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Valley Football Association North play, while West dropped to 3-2 and 2-1. The key this week for the Warriors is to avoid a letdown after the tough loss, especially with winless Kaukauna coming to Thom Field on Friday night.
Adding to the temptation to look ahead is that West plays host to unbeaten Kimberly in a week, so Kaukauna is certainly a trap game.
East travels to Stiehm Stadium
Wausau East, struggling through a tough season at 1-4 overall and 1-2 in conference, could thrust itself back into a possible playoff berth with a surprise win at D.C. Everest on Friday.
The Evergreens enter the contest at 2-3 overall, but also 1-2 in VFA North play. The loser would be facing a tough road to the postseason as Everest still has Kimberly yet to play and the Lumberjacks having yet to play Appleton North.
There are four unbeaten teams left in the area, with Edgar, Marathon, Shiocton and Owen-Withee all at 5-0.
Edgar travels to 4-1 Stratford this week and then the game of the week on Oct. 11 will be the Marathon heads to Edgar in what should be a battle of 7-0 teams. If there was ever a year when the Red Raiders could upend the Wildcats it could be this season.
Owen-Withee's toughest game ahead appears to be its finale against one-loss Athens, while Shiocton knocked off defending state champion Amherst this past week and looks well on its way to an unbeaten regular season as its final four opponents have a combined three wins.