2019 Football Preview – August 22, 2019 – 12
Big Eight: Wildcats hoping to keep pace with Cardinals, Spartans Continued from page 11 Sun Prairie, which has won three straight conference titles, and Madison Memorial were co-champions of the Big Eight last year. Verona took third with a 7-2 record, one game behind the Cardinals and Spartans.
Sun Prairie Head Coach: Brian Kaminski (17th season), 12748 Letterwinners returning: 25 Offensive starters returning: 4 Defensive starters returning: 4 The Cardinals made a run to the Division 1 state quarterfinals last year before losing 33-7 to Fond du Lac. Sun Prairie won a state championship two years ago, but will have to reload after graduating 16 players from last year’s co-conference championship
team that earned all-league honors. The Cardinals have to replace first-team all-conference quarterback Richie Gilles, who passed for 2,456 yards and 27 touchdowns last year. They also must find a new top receiver after Cooper Nelson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison walk-on, graduated. The Cardinals also have to fill the void of five defensive players who were firstteam all-conference. Senior Nathan Schauer is back at running back after earning second-team all-conference honors last year. The Cardinals will also rely on Dominick Landphier, a firstteam all-conference defensive back last season, in the backfield. The Cardinals’ defense also will return second-team allconference cornerback Dom Backes.
Madison Memorial Head Coach: Mike Harris (2nd year), 8-2 Letterwinners returning: 19 Offensive starters returning: 7 Defensive starters returning: 5 The Spartans’ I-formation offense returns first-team allconference quarterback Jason Ceniti and first-team running back Kam Marshall. Ceniti
passed for 1,616 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, and Marshall rushed for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns. Memorial also brings back two all-conference linemen in Tyson Nash and Nick Carl. On defense, the Spartans will be led by linebacker Kaden Peetz and defensive back Chauncey Cannon, both of whom were second-team all-conference last season.
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Verona’s Skylar Hawkins (55) sacks Madison West quarterback William Gutnecht and forces a fumble in their game last season.
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