East, West Set to Resume Battle for Wausau Log

‚ÄčEast, West set to resume battle for Wausau Log
Posted on 10/05/2018
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Friday, October 5, 2018

RIVALRY NIGHT IN WAUSAU

East, West set to resume battle for Wausau Log

Tim Johnson Wausau Daily Herald USA TODAY NETWORK - WISCONSIN

WAUSAU - There will be no postseason for two of Wausau’s largest high school football programs this fall, but Friday is still a key late-season game for the crosstown rivals.

Wausau East and Wausau West meet at Thom Field in a renewal of the Log Game — a battle that dates to 1970 in which the winning squad receives the coveted traveling trophy — a slice of a large tree log.

The game, which also is West’s homecoming, is one of the notable matchups for Week 8 of the high school football season. Friday’s schedule also includes D.C. Everest at Marshfield, Merrill at Medford, Mosinee at Antigo, Kewaunee at Tomahawk, Rib Lake/ Prentice at Edgar, Stratford at Marathon, Wittenberg-Birnamwood at Bonduel and Abbotsford at Athens, West has been home to the Wausau Log since 2013, and the Warriors have an overall lead of 31-16-1 in the series. The Warriors downed East 49-7 last year in a game in which West rushed for 349 yards and six touchdowns.

East heads to Mosinee next week while West hosts Marshfield at Thom Field to close out the regular season. West’s loss to Rapids last week ended the Warriors’ chance of meeting the WIAA postseason qualifications with at least a .500 conference record. East entered the season still ineligible for playoff consideration after leaving the Valley Football Association and beginning its run as an independent program last year.

Wausau West (2-5) is coming off a 26-20 loss at Wisconsin Rapids and has dropped five straight since a 29-23 win over Oshkosh West in overtime on Aug. 24. West has scored 48 points over its last four games after the team averaged 24 points a game over the first three matchups of the season.

Marc Sippel has been a highlight for the Warriors, entering the week leading the Valley Football Association-West Division with 64 tackles. Teammate Declan McCarthy has recovered a conference- best three fumbles and Vue Thao is tied with D.C. Eve rest’s Delton Zuleger with three interceptions.

Wausau East enters the game with a 1-6 record under former West coach Kevin Grundy, who is in his first year with the Lumberjacks.

East is coming off a 33-13 loss at Antigo last week and the Lumberjacks have dropped four straight after a 13-12 win over Rhinelander on Aug. 30. East scored 21 points in a season-opening loss to Osceola and has been held to 14 or fewer points in every game since.

East has rushed for an average of 139.6 yards per game, and the ground game has been led by Will Nash (468 yards). Bryce Stalsberg and Trey Buchberger have added 217 and 204 yards, respectively.

The Lumberjacks defense has forced seven turnovers this season and Ryan Sleby and Caleb Gruszynski have combined for four of the team’s five interceptions.

Michlig receives coaching honor

Newman Catholic’s Paul Michlig was the latest recipient of the Green Bay Packers high school coach of the week after the Cardinals defeated Milford-Cissna Park 58-34 in Elkhorn last Saturday in a matchup of two undefeated 8-player programs from Wisconsin and Illinois, respectively.

The Cardinals, who are the state’s top-ranked 8-player program, rushed for a school-record 488 yards in the win to remain undefeated. Newman Catholic has not lost a game since it made the move to 8-player football at the start of last season. The Cardinals faced Bruce on Thursday night.

For the coach of the week honor, the Newman Catholic football program receives $2,000 with a combined donation from the Green Bay Packers, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks and the NFL Foundation.

Wausau West has maintained possession of the Wausau Log trophy since 2013. The Warriors renew their rivalry with Wausau East on Friday at Thom Field. USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN FILE PHOTO