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Kiel Vs. Howards Grove Sheds More Light on a Competitive Year

by Jon Henseler

Well our debut broadcast for 1330 WHBL was entertaining this past Friday to say the least. Kiel and Howards Grove was as advertised when it came to two aerial attacks and some smash mouth defense. Honestly these non-conference openers are fun pretty much no matter what because you get a chance to see area teams that typically don't get a chance to play each other test themselves against other county teams. Kiel has a lot of expectations this year coming off of a 4-5 season last year and a lot of returning seniors. Not to mention they welcomed in a new coach, Mike Dressler who is a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Famer for over 30 years of consistent success. Not a bad resume builder huh? And after losing to Peshtigo in week 1 and suffering injuries to both their starting quarterback and starting tailback, the Raiders were staring down the barrel of an 0-2 start heading into Howards Grove. Luckily for them, depth seems to be an attribute. Nicolas Walsh, a sophomore backup QB showed video game style athleticism on two touchdown passes and the defense did the rest. Joe Winkel, a combo defensive end and tight end not only caught a TD pass but was essentially living in the Tigers backfield with consistent pass rush. He was the game changer. The Tigers have a lot of upside but are VERY young. Not a lot of '12's' when you look up and down the 'Grade' section on their roster. Austin Edge is very talented at QB but there will be a lot on his shoulders to see if the Tigers can remain one of the perennial playoff contenders in the area (they've made it 9 of the last 10 seasons).

Other key games last week saw North come back to earth a bit after stunning Pulaski in week 1. They got beat by a very good GB Southwest team. Sheboygan South got in the win column with a win at GB West. Call me optimistic but I think both of these programs will push for the playoffs this season. 

This week we get set for our first look at Oostburg as Horicon comes calling. 7pm kickoff on Friday. The Dutchman are 0-1 after a loss to New Holstein two weeks ago, their game at Aurora Central was cancelled last week.