PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: AREA TEAMS OPEN UP SEASON THIS WEEK

Updated: Aug 19, 2021


Wisconsin Rapids linebacker Peter Rucker returns for the Raiders after earning second-team all-Valley Football Association honors in 2020. Rapids opens its season Thursday at home against Muskego. (Photo by Paul Lecker/Zaleski Sports)

By Paul Lecker

Zaleski Sports


The 2021 Wisconsin high school football season begins Thursday and Friday as teams across the state begin their quests for a trip to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison this November when the 45th annual WIAA State Football Championships will be held.


Following a year where no playoffs or state finals were held in football, area teams in the Central Wisconsin, Cloverbelt, Great Northern, and Marawood conference, and the Valley Football Association kick off their seasons this week with hopes of success, good health and playing a normal season again.


Zaleski Sports will offer live coverage of up to eight games each week, plus written content of all of our area teams following each game.


Spencer/Columbus, Stratford, Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption team previews have already been published and are available on zaleskisports.com. A preview of the three area 8-man teams – Greenwood,