Muskego was caught in a difficult situation in football this fall.
The Warriors had what head coach Ken Krause said was the youngest team in the Classic 8 Conference in a season that saw the conference in top form.
The Classic 8 put four teams in Level 3 of the WIAA state playoffs and still has three teams alive for Level 4 this weekend in Arrowhead, Mukwonago and Waukesha West.
The only one to drop out at Level 3 was Catholic Memorial, which lost a three-point game to unbeaten Monona Grove.
"In my 17 years of coaching, this is the toughest conference I have ever been in," Krause said. "We also played Oconomowoc, which was 11-0 before losing to Mukwonago (in Level 3)."
Warriors went 3-6
Largely because of that brutal schedule, Muskego struggled for victories, finishing 2-5 in the Classic 8 and 3-6 overall.
Krause, though, was not overly disappointed.
"I had a wonderful time with the kids," he said. "They did everything we asked them to do. I was proud because they never quit; they kept a positive attitude.
"After we lost the eighth game (and were eliminated from playoff contention), we could have folded our tents, but we practiced hard the next week and led Mukwonago at the half 14-13 in our final game."
Krause said he was particularly pleased with the leadership shown by his seniors, adding, "They taught the sophomores and juniors not to quit."
Senior fullback Peter Roy led the way on offense, racking up 1,244 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 138.2 yards per game and fumbling only once in 209 carries. He earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight season.
Senior Jack Bloomer collected 472 yards and scored five touchdowns and senior Frank Schroyer added 304 yards and four scores.
Junior Jeff Schweitzer played quarterback, passing for 634 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Roy was named the team's most valuable player on offense and overall, while senior safety Jonathan Schulte and junior tackle Alex Hauke shared most valuable honors on defense and senior Jacob Arndt was named most valuable on special teams.
Junior lineman Baili Leszczynski was the most improved on offense and sophomore linebacker Austin Lambrecht the most improved on defense.
Bloomer and Schroyer shared the Heart of the Team Award and senior end Ryan Evans, senior offensive tackle Bryce Butenhof and senior lineman Mitchell Hardy all won the Warrior Award.
Roy, Butenhof, Evans and Schulte were team captains this season.
Future looks bright
Muskego will return 15 starters next season and had a junior varsity team that finished 8-1.
"I am excited about the future," Krause said. "Despite our record, I feel we took another step forward this season."
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