Phantoms quest for a trip to Madison continues …

with a Division 3 semi-final game against the Waupaca Comets THIS Saturday.


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When: 1:00 pm

Where: Kimberly High School

West De Pere has been in this position before, although it hopes the result will be different this time around. The Phantoms reached the semifinal round in 2004, only to lose a heartbreaker to Rice Lake 34-27 in overtime.

It’s a tough matchup this time against the defending state champs in Division 3.

The Phantoms will face a stiff challenge against the defending state champion Comets, who have won two of the last three state titles and have won 25 of their last 26 games.

Waupaca has had little difficulty this postseason, outscoring its three opponents 109-14. It includes a 49-7 win over Hayward/ Lac Courte Oreilles in a quarterfinal Saturday.

The Comets had the best defense in the Eastern Valley Conference, allowing just 8.8 points and 157.3 yards per game. Since a 26-7 loss to Ripon in Week 4, it has allowed 37 points over its last eight games and has allowed no more than nine points in any contest. It also has posted three shutouts during that span.

The Phantoms should have what it takes to counter the Comets so this will be a good game.  The key question is will the Phantoms be at full strength.

West De Pere coach Bill Turnquist said after a second-round win over Green Bay Notre Dame that the health of his team would be a big factor in this playoff run, and the focus shifts to the health of running back Beau Bellmore. The Bay Conference player of the year fought through injuries during the win over Notre Dame to rush for 316 yards on 39 carries, but he was limited to 15 carries in a quarterfinal win over Kewaskum and left in the third quarter. (Source: West De Pere faces defending champs – GBPG)

Should be a packed house for this one – see you there fellow Phantom alumni.



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