There will be plenty of pride on the line Friday night when Brookfield Central hosts Marquette and Brookfield East travels to Wauwatosa East - for different reasons.
The Lancers (2-2 in the Greater Metro Conference) had their slim title hopes crushed when they lost to a fired up West Allis Hale team last Friday. A big tip of the cap goes to Hale coach Scott Otto and his Huskies, who kicked 3 field goals to beat the Lancers, 9-7.
The Huskies shut down the Lancers' running game, which is keyed by Badger recruit Jeff Lewis, and now Central has to win two of its final three games to qualify for the players.
The powerful Hilltoppers are tied with Menomonee Falls for first place with 4-0 records and this looks like one of Marquette's better teams. The playoffs are on the line for Central, but coach Doug Lange will also talk about Lancer Pride when the teams meet Friday.
It will be interesting to see what sophomore QB Jason Meichtry and talented receivers Matt Krogman and Sam Rohr can do against the Hilltoppers and their outstanding linebackers Michael and Marcus Trotter.
Over at Hart Park two teams who will be looking for their first GMC win meet and there is a good chance that the loser of this game will go winless in conference play.
The QB story is interesting in both games. Tosa East senior QB Ethan Harris, out with a concussion, is expected to return to the line-up. Harris, all-league as a junior, is one of the best runners/passers in the GMC this year despite an average supporting cast.
Junior QB Jon Lehman was inserted into the line-up last week in place of senior Skyler Holden as the Spartans were "looking for a spark" according to coach Sal Logue. If a spark is needed for the Spartans, this would certainly be a game to start a fire.
Wauwatosa West has a chance to grab its second Woodland Conference win against winless Greenfield at home on Friday. Playing without star QB Kevin Gorman, who is out for the year, the Trojans scored 28 points in a loss last week.
Both the Tosa games are homecoming, so the home teams will have an emotional advantage.