A dominant performance against Nicolet on Sept. 23 keeps WIAA football playoff hopes alive for Cedarburg.

The Bulldogs routed the Knights, 38-14, to improve to 2-2 in the North Shore Conference and 2-4 overall. If Cedarburg wins two of its remaining three games, it would make the playoffs once again.

The next contest comes at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, against rival Germantown at Cedarburg on Homecoming night. The Warhawks are also 2-2 in the North Shore and 2-4 overall.

"Germantown's record is deceiving," Cedarburg coach Brian Leair said. "They have played against a lot of good teams. We have had a number of great games against Germantown over the years."

This will also be the final meeting between the two because Germantown will be moved to the Greater Metro Conference next season.

Cedarburg will then visit Grafton on Friday, Oct. 7, and close the regular season with Homestead on Friday, Oct. 14, at home.

The Bulldogs started last week's game against Nicolet with a defensive touchdown, recovering a fumble in the end zone, and they kept control throughout against the last-place Knights.

"We controlled the field position for most of the game," Leair said, "and we scored early touchdowns to take control."