In 2013, Pius XI again adds to its long history of football success, earning a spot in the 2013 WIAA playoffs. Since the merger to join the WIAA, Pius has had two appearances in the WIAA playoffs. The first was advancing to the Level 3 Quarterfinals after winning the Classic 8 conference in 2006 and the second was advancing to Level 2 after earning a place in the 2010 playoffs after knocking off highly seeded Greendale at their home in the first round.
After last week’s win over Greenfield, the Popes waited until all weeks night games were completed to see what Division and Group they fell into. Late Friday night the results came out: Brown Deer, Greendale, Kewaskum, Luxemburg-Casco, Pius XI, Plymouth, Two Rivers, Wisconsin Lutheran.
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Saturday morning the Coaches went to in this Group met up at the WIAA designated Kewaskum High School meeting place and voted on the seeding of #1 thru #8. Upon completion of the group voting the final sheet was mailed to the WIAA and became official, familiar foe Greendale would be the first round opponent and the game location would go to the higher seeded Greendale team.
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Let’s get out and Friday night and support our Pius XI Popes in the 2013 Playoffs!!
Milwaukee Pius rallies late to edge Greenfield, 27-17
“The second half belonged to Milwaukee Pius.
The Popes football team scored three touchdowns in the final 14 minutes to rally for a 27-17 victory over Greenfield at Wisconsin Lutheran College Stadium Thursday that probably sealed a playoff berth. Pius finished the regular season 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Woodland. A .500 conference record puts the Popes in good position to qualify for the postseason.
Quarterback Joe Blando had a hand in all four Pius touchdowns. He threw a 78-yard pass to Christian Garcia in the first half and had a 12-yard toss to James Arnold with 6 minutes 36 seconds left in the game to give the Popes the lead for good.
Blando completed 19 of 27 passes for 292 yards and had a team-high 56 rushing yards.”
Pius XI has a home rematch with Week 2 Greenfield with a playoff spot on the line. Pius won the original match-up 25-13 at Wisconsin Lutheran Field. This Week 9 cross-over game will count in the WIAA conference win/loss totals. To season Pius has 2 wins and 3 losses vs Woodland West opponents, a win on Friday would give them a 3-3 conference record and all but clinch a playoff birth for the first time since joining the Woodland last year. Pius last made the playoffs in 2010 making it to Level 2.
Greenfield already has clinched a playoff spot for this year and will be looking to even the score for the Week 2 loss. This should be a good battle and will come down to stopping the run and taking advantage of turnovers.
If the Popes can pull off the win, most playoff projections are showing they would fall into the WIAA Division 3 bracket for the playoffs starting next week. See the Week 8 latest projections here.
Come out on Friday night and support your Pius XI Popes as they battle for the 2013 WIAA Playoffs!!
“After a string of frustrating defeats, the Whitnall football team finally broke through with a victory on Friday night, blanking Pius XI 16-0.
The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Falcons, who had scored only 24 points in those three games and had lost leads on several occasions.
Whitnall was the only one of the six teams in the Woodland Conference East Division to beat its counterpart from the West.
The Falcons played strong defense, holding the Popes to just 37 yards rushing while rolling up 285 yards on the ground themselves.”
“Milwaukee Pius 17, New Berlin Eisenhower 12: “Milwaukee Pius 17, New Berlin Eisenhower 12: Jalen Fischer threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Luis Saafir with 6 minutes 59 seconds left in the second quarter, part of a 17-point quarter for the Popes.”
Pius XI is quickly getting comfortable in their second year with the Woodland conference and are still in contention for a WIAA football playoff position. Since the Woodland conference is split into two different divisions, a certain number of conference division cross-over games are counted to the conference win total.
In 2013, each Woodland team has 6 games that will count toward this playoff total and need to win 3 to be potentially included in the WIAA playoff race and 3 to be in. The Popes Week 2 win over Greenfield does not count for this total, but Week 5 win over New Berlin West count to the total so far. SEE WIAA LINK HERE While the Week 8 game will not count towards this total, the Week 9 cross-over game will count in addtion to this weeks match-up vs New Berlin Eisenhower.
Eisenhower also is in the same spot with last week’s upset win over Wauwatosa West. If one of these teams can win both Week 7 and Week 9 they will be the last qualifying Woodland West team for the 2013 playoffs. Pius last made the playoffs in 2010 when still part of the Classic 8 conference and did well advancing to Level 2.
Come out Friday night to support your Pius XI Popes as they push for a playoff spot! We need all Pius current and former Popes in the stands to cheer on Pius XI and give them the home field advantage this week! Go Popes!
Pewaukee overtook Pius 43-0 on Friday in Woodland conference match-up. Game Summary on Wissports.net here: LINK
“Milwaukee Pius 27, New Berlin West 20: The Popes scored 21 unanswered points in the first and second quarters to take control. Shannon Nunnery had 112 yards and two touchdowns for Pius.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE FROM THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
“Wauwatosa West 42, Milwaukee Pius 12: The Trojans scored 22 points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Demaris Purifoy had 288 yards in 18 carries for West. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE FROM THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
“The Greendale football team continued to roll by kicking off the Woodland Conference season with a convincing 35-7 win over Pius XI at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday.” CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE FROM THE GREENDALE PATCH “Greendale 35, Milwaukee Pius 7: Jake Zywicki had 159 rushing yards and Josh Ringelberg passed for 265 [...]