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Prep football Top 10
With the start of the 2018 prep football season swiftly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about which teams will be the powerhouses contending for a trip to Madison in November.
Among the USA TODAY NETWORK markets in Wisconsin, here are the top 10 teams heading into the season with last year’s record and postseason achievement in parentheses.
#4 Fond du Lac (9-3, Division 1 state quarterfinals): No team has come closer to ending Kimberly’s record-setting run over the past few years than the Cardinals, and this year may be when Fond du Lac gets over the hump.
Although Mike Gnewuch stepped away as head coach after last season, in steps Steve Jorgensen who is a proven winner and had been on Gnewuch’s staff. That means there will be little disruption in what the Cardinals have done over the past few years.
Fond du Lac will be anchored by a defense that returns three first-team all-VFA South selections in Ben Viau, Carson Raddatz and Drew Bonlander and an offensive line that features Andrew Stone, Luke Mueller, Joe Schlagenhaft and Riley Neal.
The Cardinals have to replace starting quarterback Jack Cole, leading rusher Colton Wasieleski and their whole group of receivers but should get speedy running back Eben Sauer back from injury to help spark the offense.
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Ben Viau, Sr., Fond du Lac
He might have been the linebacker of the year in the FVA-South if not for Eiden.
The 6-3, 205-pound Viau was a unanimous first-team all-conference pick and teamed with Carson Raddatz (linebacker) and Andrew Stone (defensive lineman) to help form a strong defensive core.
All three are back this season.
“I mean, the dude works hard,” Eiden said of Viau. “I know that 2019 class at Fondy is nothing to mess around with. But at the end of the day, I just focus on myself and my teammates.
“We both have similar goals in mind, and I wish him the best with that.”