Muskego football team boasts more veterans
Warriors return eight starters from last year's playoff squad
A year ago, the Muskego football team began the season with no returning starters, yet still made the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.
This time around, the Warriors have a relative wealth of veterans, with eight starters back, including a pair of first-team all-Classic 8 Conference choices in senior runner Peter Roy and senior defensive end Ryan Evans.
They are confident that with the extra experience, they can once again be playing in late October.
"We are optimistic," said head coach Ken Krause. "Our kids again spent a lot of time in the weight room, and we have had three straight playoff teams here. In our last 35 games, we have averaged 33 points.
"This is year six for the coaches, so the kids understand what we're looking for."
The returning starters on offense are led by Roy (6 feet, 2 inches and 190 pounds), who split time between quarterback and fullback last season and accumulated over 1,100 yards in total offense while earning first-team all-Classic 8 honors.
Also back are senior left tackle Bryce Butenhof (6-5, 310) and senior center Mitchell Hardy (6-2, 260), who both received all-conference honors.
Taking over at quarterback for Roy will be junior Jeff Schweitzer (6-0, 190), who was injured in last season's scrimmage and did not play.
"He has a nice arm and is tough and coachable," Krause said. "He just gets better and better each day."
Joining Roy in the backfield will be seniors Jack Bloomer (5-10, 170) and Frank Schroyer (5-10, 165), while the top receiver looks to be senior Jake Ozbirn (6-3, 190).
Senior Turner Kehoe (6-4, 195) is back at tight end as well.
The defense features five returnees in linebacker Evans (6-2, 220), who was on the all-Classic 8 first team; junior end Brandon Valenza (6-3, 175); senior back Jon Schulte (6-0, 190); junior lineman Alex Hauke (6-4, 295); and senior lineman Perry Bauer (6-1, 245).
Krause is hoping the veterans can help Muskego navigate through the always-tough Classic 8, which is led by defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Hartland Arrowhead. Mukwonago, Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial are also strong.
"There is no easy week in the Classic 8," the coach said.
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