It was another banner week for Flick's Picks, as I went 6-0 and am now 17-1 for the season, with the lone loss being Big Foot's one-point defeat to East Troy.
This week promises to be a little more challenging. :Let's dive in...
• BELOIT MEMORIAL at MADISON EAST: Guys, it's time. This is where the streak ends. It's been since 2013 that the Purple Knights have cracked the W column. 0-9 has become as familiar as that old comforter you refuse to retire.
But no more, I say! The Knights will head to Madison East and vanquish the Purgolders, sending them towards their rightful place in the Big Eight cellar.
The Knights defense has been solid the entire season, and in the second half of their loss to La Follette, the offense showed its ability as well. This week, it all comes together.
BELOIT MEMORIAL 35, MADISON EAST 20.
• ROCKFORD EAST at HONONEGAH: The Indians face their toughest test of the season against an E-Rab team that has allowed just 20 points in the season's first two games. If Hononegah is going to compete for a conference title, this is a game they need to win.
With Boylan and Homecoming on tap for next week, Hononegah can't overlook the E-Rabs. I like the Indians in a tight one.
HONONEGAH 20, EAST 17
• BRODHEAD-JUDA at BELOIT TURNER. The Cardinals are trying to get back to the WIAA playoffs fr the 26th straight season, but a loss here means they must win their final five games of the year to keep hope alive.
It's a tall task as they are facing a Turner team coming off an overtime win at Evansville-Albany, a victory achieved despite the Trojans not playing their best football. I just can't see the Cardinals going down without a fight in this one.
TURNER 28, BRODHEAD-JUDA 27.
• CLINTON at EAST TROY: The Trojans are undefeated. The Cougars have rushed for an absurd 430 yards per game, tops in the state. East Troy is second, with 421.3 per game. Sounds like a great game, right? Well, let me tell you something. It's not a great game. It's a blowout, mainly because East Troy doesn't seem interested in playing defense.
As long as Clinton stays healthy, the Cougars will go undefeated and virtually unchallenged in the regular season. They are that good.
CLINTON 56, EAST TROY 20.
• BIG FOOT at JEFFERSON: Back-to-back weeks against the two best teams in the conference. That's a tough road for the Chiefs, and it's tough to feel great about them after seeing Clinton dominate them on both sides of the ball. Jefferson's size figures to be too much for the Chiefs, but I do expect a bounceback performance from Jackson Enz.
JEFFERSON 35, BIG FOOT 24.
• SOUTH BELOIT at MARQUETTE: This one has all the makings of a real ugly beat-down, unfortunately for the SoBos.
MARQUETTE 56, SOUTH BELOIT 6
• PARKVIEW at MONTELLO/PRINCETON/GREEN LAKE: This is an evenly matched game between two teams desperate for a victory. I'm going to go with the Vikings in this one.
PARKVIEW 24, MONTELLO 23