Week 2 Forecast, Game Picks

      Ashwaubenon and James Morgan travel to Manitowoc in Week 2. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)
      Ashwaubenon and James Morgan travel to Manitowoc in Week 2. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)
      Here's a look at some of the key games for Week 2 of the season:
      (FOX 11 Top 11 rankings in parentheses)

      Freedom (0-1) at Winneconne (1-0): Freedom is coming off a 20-19 loss at Wrightstown in a game coach Clint Kriewaldt felt his team should’ve won. It’ll be interesting to see how Freedom responds against the defending Division 4 state champs, who blitzed Ripon last week, 35-8.
      For What It’s Worth: It would be surprising if this game was a shootout with defenses that are strong and offenses that like to control the ball.
      Prediction: Freedom 20, Winneconne 14.

      Seymour (0-1) at (3) Menasha (1-0): Seymour suffered an unexpected 28-21 loss to Luxemburg-Casco last week and now has to go against a Menasha team that whipped New London, 41-7. If Menasha gets going early, Seymour could be in for another long game.
      FWIW: This is Menasha’s first-ever Bay Conference home game, so the Bluejays will likely want to make a huge impression.
      Pick: Menasha.

      Hortonville (1-0) at (1) Kimberly (1-0): Hortonville had a nice 38-20 home win against Appleton East last week but now has to travel to the defending Division 2 state champs Kimberly, which pasted Oshkosh North last week, 42-6. If Hortonville can get over playing at Kimberly maybe it can give the Papermakers a game.
      FWIW: Kimberly scored on its second play last week, so Hortonville’s defense needs to make the Makers work for points or it will be a long night.
      Pick: Kimberly.

      Little Chute (1-0) at Wrightstown (1-0): Little Chute smoked Clintonville last week, 42-6, while Wrightstown edged Freedom, 20-19. Both teams like to run the ball, so a fourth-quarter lead will be big in terms of forcing the opponent out of its comfort zone.
      FWIW: Both teams are looking to make early-season noise and a win in this game will amp up the volume on their season.
      Pick: Little Chute.

      (2) Ashwaubenon (1-0) at Manitowoc (1-0): Ashwaubenon's defense was stingy in a Week 1 win at Green Bay Preble, while Manty's defense stymied Green Bay Southwest. Now, the Trojans have to find a way to slow down QB James Morgan an Co. Good luck.
      FWIW: The Ships have a chance to make the biggest statement this early season following a road win at Green Bay Southwest with a win against Ashwaubenon.
      Pick: Ashwaubenon.


      • Neenah (1-0) at Appleton East (0-1): Neenah moves to 2-0.

      • De Pere (0-1) at Notre Dame (1-0): Tritons send De Pere to 0-2 start.

      • (5) Bay Port at Green Bay East (0-1): Pirates will build on last week’s win.

      • Denmark (1-0) at Luxemburg-Casco (1-0): Spartans go to 2-0 with home win.

      • Oconto (1-0) at (9) Kewaunee (1-0): Storm makes it 2-0.

      • Green Bay Preble (0-1) at Pulaski (1-0): Red Raiders become surprise 2-0 team.