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Pittsville, Amherst have sights set on Madison

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After 12 weeks of action on the high school gridiron, Amherst and Pittsville stand one win away from a trip to Camp Randall Stadium.

The Panthers are competing in their first state semifinal since 1990. But they have a tough test ahead of them tomorrow night, when Pittsville will play Glenwood City, the defending Division 7 champions.

All of the Panthers' losses this year came against the Marawood co-champions -- Edgar, Stratford and Marathon.

Now, they're the last Marawood team left in the playoffs.

"Just that the big thing you get from playing tough competitions is that it makes you tougher," Pittsville head coach Dan Hahn said.

"We're seasoned ready, battle ready. We've been playing the best over the last 12 weeks. We've been playing the Marawood one of the tougher conferences in Central Wisconsin for the small schools. We're battle-tested and ready to go."

Kickoff is tomorrow night at seven in Chippewa Falls.

Amherst is on the verge of returning to Madison for the second straight year. The defending Division 5 champions defeated Stratford in a level three re-match last week and will take on unbeaten Stanley-Boyd in a state semifinal.

The game will be played at Stiehm Stadium in Weston, which is usually the home field for D.C. Everest.

"DC Everest is a very nice field. It's got turf. It's got a great stadium. So we're looking forward to it," Amherst head coach Mark Lusic said. 

"On the road it's a little different you know. You only have your locker. you don't get to walk around the school. It's you get off the bus and you got to get ready to play."

Kickoff for this semifinal is also at 7 p.m.

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