Appleton North sets up a pass that was eventually fumbled into the end zone, securing a 7-0 win for the visitinig Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts. Photo by Dave Vissers. More photos at Dave Vissers Photography
Appleton North sets up a pass that was eventually fumbled into the end zone, securing a 7-0 win for the visitinig Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts. Photo by Dave Vissers. More photos at Dave Vissers Photography

FINAL: Kaukauna scored on its opening drive, but a defensive stand in the final minute sealed the 7-0 win over Appleton North.

The victory secures a post-season spot for the Ghosts and a homecoming showdown next week against Kimberly for first place in the Fox Valley Association.

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APPLETON — The Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts football team hopes to leapfrog Appleton North in the Fox Valley Association Conference standings when they return to the road Friday for a 7 p.m. game against the Lightning.

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The game will be televised on WACY TV32 and stream online HERE as the NBC26 Sports Showdown game of the week.

In a high-scoring shootout a week ago, the Kaukauna came back in the second half for a 42-35 win over Oshkosh West.

One more win gives Kaukauna a winning conference record and qualifies the team for post-season play.

The Ghosts, 5-1, 3-1, sit one game behind undefeated Kimberly in the Fox Valley Association conference standings.

North, also 5-1, 3-1, dropped their first game of the season last Friday in a 7-6 loss to Neenah.

Neenah’s only loss of the season came in week 4 against Kaukauna, so the merry-go-round at the top of the conference standings continue.

Kimberly faces a challenging stretch to finish the season facing Neenah, Kaukauna and Appleton North in consecutive weeks beginning Friday.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.