EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) Here are my pregame notes for tonight's D.C. Everest vs. SPASH football game.
Both teams were 5-5 last season; both teams exited in the first round of the playoffs. Everest was improving at the end of last season, while SPASH did not finish strong.
Last meeting: Last season's opener at Stevens Point. SPASH won 21-0. The game fell apart for the Evergreens in the first half when quarterback Nick Sierakowski went down with an ankle injury. He would miss the next four games.
The last D.C. Everest win vs. SPASH was in 2011, 42-20. SPASH has won 3 of the last 4 meetings.
SPASH has won its last five season openers. The Evergreens have lost their last five openers.
Since 2000 these teams have met three times in the playoffs. SPASH has won two of those meetings (2007, 2006). Everest has won once (2003).
Tonight's game is on tape delay because of Packers and Brewers conflicts. We'll begin posting the podcast of the game here around 8:30pm. The broadcast should start at approximately 9:30pm on AM-1390 FM-93.9. At the radio station, we'd prefer the NFL not schedule Friday night pre-season games.
The Evergreens' next opponent, Wisconsin Rapids, looked terrible in their 19-13 loss to Wausau East last night. Rapids doesn't have a lot of size this year, and struggled to run their signature option offense. Wausau-East looked improved from a 1-8 record a year ago, but they will also have to get better to win more than another game or two. The first half of the East-Rapids game was painful to watch, full of three-and-outs, penalties, and turnovers.
The most interesting Valley Football Association game tonight is Wausau-West vs. Marshfield. The Warriors want to prove that last year was a step forward for their program, not a one-hit-wonder. Marshfield graduated many starters and may not be as good as a year ago.
I think the Evergreens will be more run-oriented this year. Two things to watch: Can quarterback Darren Sanchez find his sea legs early in the game? And can Everest's offensive line match up against SPASH's defensive front?