November 03, 2010 | 08:30 AM
|IF YOU GO -
What: New Holstein Huskies (8-3) at Big Foot Chiefs (9-2), WIAA Division 4 Level 3 playoff game
Where: Big Foot High School
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
What's at stake: With a win, the Chiefs would advance to the state semifinal and a possible rematch with Brodhead.
Key matchup: Big Foot's defense, which has allowed a mere four points per game in its last seven, must stop a high-powered New Holstein offense that has averaged 42.5 points per game in two playoff games.
How they got here: The Chiefs knocked off Lake Mills, 35-0, at Big Foot in the first round then dismantled Kiel 39-7 in the second round. The Huskies took care of Montello/Princeton/Green Lake, 59-14, in the first round. They then edged Lakeside Lutheran 26-20 in round two.|
Walworth — The defending state champion Chiefs kept rolling along in a Division 4 Level 2 playoff game Saturday with 25 first-half points in another rout at Kiel.
Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said it was his squad's most complete game of the year.
"It was the best our offense has done all year, and Adam Bakken's game plan on defense was sound," Wedig said. "It was our best execution of the year. The overall game plan was great. We beat a pretty good team by taking them out of their running game. We forced them to pass, and our defense adjusted and took that away, too."
Big Foot jumped out to a 39-0 lead before a late Kiel touchdown. All three phases came up big for the Chiefs. David Luczak returned an interception 38 yards for a score, and Sean Kivlin booted home a 31-yard field goal.
Sophomore running back Mason Dixon ran for more than 100 first-half yards for the second straight week en route to a 134-yard performance with a touchdown.
Kenny Walker rushed for 103 yards, while Jordan Gottman added 75 total yards including a touchdown run and a two-point conversion.
Big Foot (9-2) will return to Walworth to face New Holstein (8-3) Saturday at 3 p.m. New Holstein downed Lakeside Lutheran 26-20 Saturday.
Huskies provide big challenge
Much like Big Foot, New Holstein dominated Kiel with a 34-13 triumph during the regular season.
Wedig understands that the Huskies are no joke.
"They are the most talented team we've seen since McFarland and Brodhead," he said of the Huskies. "They have speed all over the field. They prefer to run. They just line up and rely on their talent and feed the ball to their two top backs."
Those two backs, Cody Thede and Jacob Entringer, have combined for 1,700 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns this season. Entringer, a senior who has drawn interest from Division 2 Winona State, has amassed 421 total yards and eight touchdowns in two playoff games. Against Lakeside Lutheran, he caught five passes for 172 yards.
New Holstein also has a dynamic quarterback, Sam Cash, who has completed 57 percent of his passes this season for 1,087 yards and seven touchdowns.
Wedig knows the task will be tough.
"We can't miss tackles," he said. "They have a lot of speed. We need all of our guys on both sides of the ball to play well. If we play well, we can contend with anyone. New Holstein has a lot of size defensively. It will be a physical game."
As for the Chief offense, Wedig said the team will stick with what has been working — solid running and passing.
"We have a great luxury with Mason and Kenny," he said. "Kenny is a home-run hitter, and Mason is a fullback who can take the ball 70 yards to the house. And Jake, our quarterback, had an extremely good game on Saturday. We have several weapons on offense and a lot of guys that can step up. The staff has done a great job of finding out who does what well."
Dixon and Walker have averaged 236 rushing yards combined in the first two playoff wins, highlighted by Dixon's 224-yard performance against Lake Mills.