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FOOTBALL WEEKEND: SLC season gets serious

Wilmot (2-1, 1-0 SLC) at Waterford (1-2, 0-1 SLC), 7 p.m., Friday

Week after week, the Southern Lakes Conference shows why it’s one of the deepest leagues in all of the state on the football field.

After a grueling, physical contest last week, the Waterford boys return home but face a talented Wilmot team.

Wilmot is coming off a 33-24 taming of the high-powered Delavan-Darien Comets, and the Panthers enjoyed a shutout victory in Week 1.

SPORT CHECK LOGO webWaterford will find a way to keep things close, but Wilmot simply has too much talent.

With Mike Lindeman and Cam Loveless both over 200 yards rushing in three games, expect the same 1-2 punch Friday night. Wilmot employed the veer offense this season, and it has worked well.

Another team famous for the veer, Badger, gave Waterford all kinds of fits.

The revenge tour will continue for Waterford opponents.

PREDICTION: Wilmot 20,Waterford 10


Delavan-Darien (1-2, 0-1) at Elkhorn (2-1, 1-0), 7 p.m., Friday

Despite a big loss to East Troy in nonconference action, the Elkhorn football team is sitting pretty in the Southern Lakes Conference.

But defeating Delavan-Darien Friday will be no easy task. The high-powered Delavan offense put up a whopping 70 points on East Troy and followed that up with a 30-point performance in a near upset of defending Division 4 state runner-up Big Foot.

Delavan quarterback Jesse Collins has been tearing it up through the air and on the ground, and Elkhorn’s leading rusher, Braden Mann, is injured.

PREDICTION: Elkhorn 27, Delavan-Darien 25


Burlington (3-0, 1-0 SLC) at Lake Geneva Badger (2-1, 1-0 SLC), 7 p.m., Friday

This is the biggest game of the conference season so far.

Last week’s Badger-Waterford showdown was supposed to be big time, but the Badgers eventually crushed Waterford by three touchdowns.

Now, Badger must follow that up with another home game against a talented rival.

Burlington’s senior-led offensive line gives it a toughness like no other, but Badger is the only team that can match it.

These games are usually close, but Badger has won the last four meetings. The Demons haven’t beaten Lake Geneva since re-joining the SLC in 2009. That won’t change Friday. See separate story here.

PREDICTION: Badger 35, Burlington 24


Other area picks

Union Grove 35,

Westosha Central 7

Big Foot 50, Parkview 21

Whitewater 30, Edgerton 23

Jefferson 41, East Troy 27

Palmyra-Eagle 28, Clinton 14

Williams Bay 45, Randolph 14

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