2018 Record: 12-2 (7-1)
Notable Losses: QB Drew Leszczynski, WR Julian Banda, OL Alec Mejchar, OL Stephen Owen, DB Connor Kolb, DB Joey Cleary, LB Jack Cooney, LB Chris Casey, LB Drew Seymour
Notable Returnees: RB Rashad Lampkin (Sr.), OL Zike Okoro (Sr.), OL Andrew Hodgson (Sr.), DB Tommy Maurice (Sr.), LB Peter Murray (Sr.), DL Matt Zepecki (Sr.), DL Hayden Nelson (Jr.)
Outlook: If anyone thinks Brookfield Central will come back to Earth after losing the likes of Drew Leszczynski and Coach Kennedy, or getting blown out in the D2 title game, they are in for a rude awakening. There is no reason, despite all their losses to graduation, to expect the bottom to fall out there on Gebhardt Road. Spearheaded by Rashad Lampkin, the Lancers srtill ooze talent and should be right there in the thick of the conference race yet again. One thing to watch is to see what, if any, scheme-changes occur with the coaching change and the loss of the absurdly dynamic Leszczynski at QB
2018 Record: 7-4 (6-2)
Notable Losses: TE/LB Jack Steger, ATH Cam McDonald, LB Joey Pagel, DL Jacob Mandella
Notable Returnees: RB Donavan Hunt (Sr.), QB Sam McGath (Sr.), OL John Champe (Sr.), DB Hayden Doyle (Jr.), DB Michael Poker (Sr.), LB Nick Pluemer (Sr.), P Joey Prondzinski (Sr.)
Outlook: Brookfield East finds themselves entering 2019 in a pretty good spot with a goodly amount of talent returning. These kids know how to win (especially the ones who are also part of the Spartans basketball program) and are certainly champing at the bit to overtake crosstown rival Central. They’ll certainly have a chance to do that this year behind playmakers like Donavan Hunt and QB Sam McGath. Only returning one All-Conference player in the trenches is cause for some concern, but the Spartans will likely do what they have to to get by. They certainly aren’t lacking at the skill positions on either side.
2018 Record: 3-6 (3-5)
Notable Losses: OL Nathan Zak, OL Trevor Larsen, OL Corey McCabe, OL Jack Pluta, QB Zach Brooks, FB Robbie Sathe, DB Kyle Farina, DB Austin Godwin, LB Michael Nelson, WR Chaz Van Fossen
Notable Returnees: DB Owen Schneider (Sr.), DL Jaycee Mozdzen (Sr.), ATH Connor Leffler (Sr.)
Outlook: The Warhawks weren’t bad last year, but a rugged GMC schedule left them on the outside looking in when it came to playoffs. Unfortunately for Germantown they lost a lot of contributors, but all is not lost. They do return Connor Leffler, an exciting athlete who will be the key to their offense. Leffler must avoid the injury bug that hurt him last year. Jaycee Mozdzen will key the defense which was pretty solid a year ago, but has holes to fill. It appears to be an uphill climb for the Warhawks to return to the playoffs in a league where the margins are so thin.
2018 Record: 12-1 (8-0)
Notable Losses: OL Charlie Gehringer, OL Dominic Kowalik, OL Max Silverman, OL Gabe Sweezy, QB Leo Briscoe, WR Reed Thompson, WR Jimmy Ubert, RB Daeleon Brown-Williams, DB Shane O’Brien, DB Javon Matthews, DL Darien Crawford, DL Nolan Wagner, DL Jose Ramos
Notable Returnees: OL Sean Timmis (Sr.), RB/LB Riley Nowakowski, LB Vinny Nigro (Sr.), WR Mike Richardson (Sr.), TE Jake Novotny (Sr.), RB Alonzo Silva (Sr.), DB Keaton Stuart (Sr.), DB Patrick Coury (Sr.), LB John O’Brien (Sr.), PK/P Michael Mitchell (Sr.)
Outlook: Marquette got back to being Marquette with a fantastic year that culminated with a finish that left them just a few points shy of a trip to Madison. Gone are several players that were multi-year contributors, but Marquette is still primed for another good season. The back-end of the defense should remain dominant, and Marquette’s never hurting for maulers up front, though they will be somewhat unproven. The offense also sees experienced players now stepping into #1 roles, but they must replace QB Leo Briscoe, who was a pleasant surprise a year ago. Matt McDevitt seems primed to fill that role. Marquette gets a crack at Muskego again right off the bat in Week 1. Should be a good one.
2018 Record: 4-6 (4-4)
Notable Losses: RB Julius Davis, OL Brandon Niles, OL Matt Godfrey, TE Michael Young, LB Henry Hansen, DL Tori Dyson
Notable Returnees: RB Tamir Thomas (Sr.), WR Quentin Redding (Jr.), LB Brett Boram (Sr.), LB/P Billy Howard (Jr.)
Outlook: With the state’s best RB returning a year ago, there were some high hopes for the Indians, but an early season injury to Julius Davis derailed those plans. The positive of that is it allowed Tamir Thomas to blossom as a home run-hitting threat out of the backfield and he returns to be the guy this year. Falls will need to find some linemen as they lose all their All-Conference selections, of which they had relatively few overall by Falls standards. The proud program has come back to earth quite a bit in the new GMC, and this year isn’t looking to be much different, but who knows, Falls has surprised before.
2018 Record: 6-5 (5-3)
Notable Losses: RB/LB Jackson Kollath, OL Zach Lawrence, TE Will Enneking, DB James Hayden, DB Connor Smith, LB Zac Bagley, LB Hunter Slaats, DL Cal Botsford, PK Andrew Schweigert
Notable Returnees: ATH/DB Lucas Finnessy (Sr.), QB Eric Erato (Sr.), DL Robert Zollicoffer (Sr.), DL Tyler Walls (Sr.)
Outlook: After a disappointing Level 1 exit in 2017, the Chargers built on that by getting to Level 2 a year ago. Whether they can continue building on that remains uncertain, but they will be aided by the return of Lucas Finnessy, a terror on both sides of the ball. Sussex Hamilton struggled at times offensively vs. quality opponents and that may continue this year with gamebreaker Jackson Kollath since graduated. The Chargers should still be formidable defensively and expect them to ride the defense all year long.
2018 Record: 0-9 (0-8)
Notable Losses: DB Jordan Saypana, LB Dylan Brown, QB Garrett Long
Notable Returnees: LB Andrew Steagall (Sr.), RB Chase Roberts (Sr.), WR Michael Cocroft (Sr.), RB Mo Rockette (Jr.)
Outlook: The old adage is nowhere to go but up, but up certainly has a ceiling in the Greater Metro. The Red Raiders were actually fairly competitive at times, but just couldn’t get over the hump a year ago. Things will likely hold serve this year with the only chances for Ws against Hale and Tosa West. Tosa East unfortunately loses the winnable crossover against Waukesha South, getting Oconomowoc instead.
2018 Record: 3-6 (2-6)
Notable Losses: OL/DL Austin Ertl, OL/DL Victor Fernhaber, OL/DL Joe Shufeit, RB/LB Marcellus Williamson, RB/LB Jimmy Fuhrman
Notable Returnees: WR/DB Trevor Kuhl (Sr.), RB/LB Noah Loechler (Sr.), RB/DB Gerald Dawson (Sr.), QB/DB Logan Ertl (Jr.)
Outlook: Tosa West was the cream of the GMC’s bottom crop a year ago, including nabbing a win over C8 opponents Waukesha North. They do lose however two-way standout Austin Ertl, who at times controlled opposition’s running games by himself. The Trojans have been pretty consistent in being a step ahead of their crosstown rival and Hale, and I don’t see that ending this year either.
West Allis Hale
2018 Record: 1-8 (1-7)
Notable Losses: WR/P Nick Abegglen, DL Jack Borck
Notable Returnees: OL Brady Mocco (Jr.), DB Easton Scherer (Jr.), Jacob Johnson (Jr.), LB Nathan Nobs (Sr.), QB Brcye Niebuhr (Sr.), RB Noah Choate (Jr.)
Outlook: Not sure if Hale has named a new coach yet, but whoever it is isn’t walking into an inexperienced bunch. That bunch didn’t find much success on the gridiron last year and it remains to be seen how much improvement there is to be had. They managed a win over Tosa East last year, but were completely overwhelmed in every other game, being outscored 349-54 for the season. One bright spot is that Waukesha South replaces Mukwonago as their C8 crossover opponent.
Prognostication: Man, it a lot of ways it seems pretty conceivable this season plays out as did the last. Trying to envisage where the differences will be is really difficult. I have a suspicion one of the Brookfields rises to the top. I’ll stick with Brookfield Central for the moment. 3-9 will stay as it was a year ago…maybe…I don’t know.
1. Brookfield Central
3. Brookfield East
4. Sussex Hamilton
5. Menomonee Falls
7. Wauwatosa West
8. West Allis Hale
9. Wauwatosa East