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Football Guide: Muskego Warriors Get Rematch With Bradford

Second round of playoffs at Indian Trail High School in Kenosha

The Muskego Warriors football team will get a chance to avenge its only loss of the season when it takes on undefeated Kenosha Bradford in the second round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs 7 p.m. Friday at Indian Trail High School’s Jaskwhich Stadium in Kenosha (6800 60th St.).

The Warriors lost to the Red Devils, 21-18, in a battle for the Southeast Conference title on Oct. 7 at Muskego.

Here is a closer look at the 2011 Warriors:

 

Last week: In the opening round of the playoffs, the fourth-seeded Warriors (9-1) cruised to a 59-6 victory over Milwaukee Washington, while top-seeded Bradford (10-0) defeated Milwaukee Pulaski, 45-13.

Rankings: Muskego was ranked No. 8 and Bradford No. 2 in Division 1 in the WisSports.net state coaches poll .

Both teams are also ranked in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel state poll among all schools, the Associated Press large division state poll and theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel area poll.

Recent history: Since beating Bradford 32-7 in 2005, Muskego has lost six consecutive games against the Red Devils. This will be the first-ever playoff meeting between the programs.

FYI: Nine different players scored touchdowns in last week’s victory over Washington. Roland Dunlap scored on a 24-yard run and Eric Pachowitz scored on a 10-yard run in the opening quarter. Pachowitz then completed a 31-yard TD pass to Rob Sindic 14 seconds into the second quarter and David Kucharski helped make it 27-0 with a 51-yard run a little over two minutes later. Josh Baker, Jordan Gruettner, Alec Johnson, Xavier Jansen and Peter Roy also had rushing TDs. … Ten Muskego players combined to rush for 346 yards. … Tommy Stark had a team-high 10 tackles, Peter Chaniotakis returned an interception 40 yards and Dom Scafiddi recovered a fumble to lead the defense. … Muskego has an all-time playoff record of 10-13, while Bradford has an all-time playoff record of 12-8.

Quoteworthy: “We are very excited to be in the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year,” Muskego coach Ken Krause said. “We are looking forward to playing Kenosha Bradford. I am very impressed with the players’ focus in practice this week. This is the most dialed in our players have been all year.

“Our leadership council, which consists of Collin Smith, Jordan Gruettner, Alex Wallner, Connor McIntosh, Austin Wendlandt, Jeremy Kindl, Nick Tretow, Paul Hurlbut, Taylor Schmidt, Brady Simkowski, Tommy Stark and Eric Pachowitz, have been excellent leaders this week.”

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