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2018 Metro Classic Standings

1. Racine St. Catherine's 14-0 (7-0)
2. Martin Luther 10-2 (6-1)
3. Racine Lutheran 11-3 (5-2)
4. Dominican 5-5 (4-3)
5. Kenosha St. Joseph's 4-5 (3-4)
6. Catholic Central 3-6 (2-5)
7. Shoreland Lutheran 2-7 (1-6)
8. St. Thomas More 0-9 (0-7)

Week One Matchups

Thursday, 8/22

Martin Luther at Greenfield
Bradley Tech at Kenosha St. Joseph's
Shoreland Lutheran at Milwaukee Hamilton
West Allis Central at Racine St. Catherine's

Friday, 8/23

Dominican at Assumption
Kenosha Christian Life at St. Thomas More
Racine Lutheran at Union Grove
Catholic Central at University School

Same rules as last year.  At least 8 games every week and will be pulling out of conference games to add up to 8.
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Greenfield
St. Joseph's
Milwaukee Hamilton
St. Catherine's

Dominican
Christian Life
Racine Lutheran
University School
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Thursday, 8/22

Martin Luther at Greenfield - ML was certainly the best team at their scrimmage on Saturday, though I'm not sure how much that means given the competition. Greenfield, from an offensive standpoint, was pretty competitive at their scrimmage. Bartlett is really dynamic, but those receivers are really good as well. Martin Luther has a chance in this game, particularly if Greenfield is their usual undisciplined self, but I just don't think in game 1 that all of ML's new playmakers will be ready to spring that upset. But again, it is Greenfield, calling them the better team in any given game is just a suggestion.😎

Bradley Tech at Kenosha St. Joseph's - It flew under the radar this off-season, but Swittel stepped down from Tech when they added the School of the Arts and made it a co-op, meaning later practices which the retired Swittel didn't have time for (I think he just wants to watch son TC at Michigan Tech, but I digress). Stevie Calvin, a member of Tech's state runner-up team in 1986, takes over after a year away from the prep game. He built a real solid MPS program at Marshall in recent times and has a real good chance of doing the same down in Walker's Point. For St. Joe's, another year, another coach. Jake Gessert is still at QB, but they are a bit of an unknown at the moment.

Shoreland Lutheran at Milwaukee Hamilton - This has been a nice little NC matchup for both programs the last few years. Hamilton took it a year ago, but faces a lot of uncertainty with just three returning starters this year. Shoreland does have a good nucleus returning and is poised to make moves in the Metro Classic.

West Allis Central at Racine St. Catherine's - Look, everyone here knows my allegiances, but I'm not gonna mince words, this is going to be a very tough season for the Bulldogs. No surprise given what graduated and what was returning. You can get away with low upperclassmen numbers (~25 on varsity), but lack of experience and quite frankly, a lack of depth of football talent, is gonna make things difficult for Cory Thompson in his first year. All you can hope for is good attitudes and steady improvement. RSC loses quite a bit from their state championship team, but is a small-school program that is poised to just reload, and there's just enough returning to make them scary yet again.

Friday, 8/23

Dominican at Assumption - This was a tight game last year, and Assumption returns quite a few linemen, although the players (mainly the LBs) who gave Dominican a lot of issues are gone. Dominican is real low on numbers and will have some inexperienced guys thrown into the fire. That said, they also have some playmakers back, and the young QB got some valuable snaps a year ago. Probably will be relatively low-scoring, but I'm not sure Assumption can score with the Knights.

Kenosha Christian Life at St. Thomas More - I really don't like making this pick (nothing against KCL) because STM needs some good news badly, but the cupboard is so bare over there. They've stayed afloat (relatively) with guys like Jacob Morgan and Eric Williams recently, but who fills in for them this year? KCL remains an unknown in their return to varsity football.

Racine Lutheran at Union Grove - Litmus test for a team with designs on a gold ball. UG is a bigger, deeper team with a young QB brimming with potential, but they don't have a gamebreaker like Tenner nor the winning mentality and experience of RaLu. I'm expecting a relatively tight game, but Tenner makes a big run or two to win.

Catholic Central at University School - Low numbers and lack of big-time talent will plague BCC again this year. USM is young (just two seniors), but the Boyd kid can play. Will probably be a closer game than it should be due to BCC's preparedness, but the Wildcats should start the season on the right foot.
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Thursday, 8/22

Martin Luther at Greenfield - Minus their big back from last year, but I think GML remains a more fundamentally-sound football team and has built a winning culture across the school of late. I'd pick them to win more conference games than Greenfield if they were playing a Woodland East schedule.

Bradley Tech at Kenosha St. Joseph's - I honestly have no idea how to forecast this game. Two new coaches, two highly inconsistent programs, one conference that plays D4-D7 football and one conference of D1-D2 size schools that more realistically fields D4-D7 level teams. When in doubt I can't pick the City, but I kind of want to here anyway. I guess we'll see.

Shoreland Lutheran at Milwaukee Hamilton - Hamilton is the one City school with a legit feeder program in the "AAYFL", otherwise known as the suburban youth league that hosts a weekly "gameday show" and featured "Game of the Week" broadcast on Facebook Live and generally does its horn-blowing best to contribute to the adultification of middle-school sports. All of which means I need to pick Shoreland on principle.

West Allis Central at Racine St. Catherine's - Good warmup game for the Angels as they break in a few new key players, but otherwise reload for 2019. Another state title might be a reach, but this conference is theirs to defend.

Friday, 8/23

Dominican at Assumption - Assumption, like BCC, remains committed to full football in an era when more and more of their small-school private peers are switching to 8-man. They have a storied tradition up there-- their trophy case is like the other, non-Milwaukee half of WISAA history.  

Kenosha Christian Life at St. Thomas More - I really hate that I feel compelled to pick a school that couldn't even field a varsity team last year over Thomas More. They have everything that Martin Luther or St. Cat's does there but simply refuse to empower their kids to succeed at football.

Racine Lutheran at Union Grove - Throw out the division indicators and enrollment size stuff... the Purple Lutherans have some serious talent at the skill positions. They will be undersized compared to UG, but they don't lack discipline and sometimes all it takes is one opening. 

Catholic Central at University School - "U School" might bring back more talent, but this is a winnable game for BCC and in those situations, I pick the kids who don't wear compulsory school blazers.
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Thursday, 8/22

Martin Luther at Greenfield: It's wierd that Martin Luther could be the favorite here but yet it feels that picking Greenfield is the right way. That's the situation ML is in right now.

Bradley Tech at Kenosha St. Joseph's: Tech should be a player in the Richardson but KSJ gets the slight edge here.

Shoreland Lutheran at Milwaukee Hamilton: Hamilton is starting over. Shoreland despite their lack of depth could move upward in the league.

West Allis Central at Racine St. Catherine's: WAC could be in for a rougher year than Hale and WAC plays in the Woodland.

Friday, 8/23

Dominican at Assumption: A matchup featuring two teams hurting for numbers. Dominican should have one more playoff team in them this year.

Kenosha Christian Life at St. Thomas More: It's sad picking a team that has come back from the defunct over STM but there isn't much there for More this year.

Racine Lutheran at Union Grove: Ra Lu should be a force in the league this year. UG should be looking to make a move upward in the standings in the SLC.

Catholic Central at University School: Low numbers will hurt BCC but the usually disciplined effort they produce could net a win or two.
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Kenosha Christian Life at St. Thomas More - I really hate that I feel compelled to pick a school that couldn't even field a varsity team last year over Thomas More. They have everything that Martin Luther or St. Cat's does there but simply refuse to empower their kids to succeed at football.



It's interesting to note that KCL started a youth program a few years ago, and one look at their roster shows 16 freshmen out for football this year, dwarfing their other classes.

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The Kenosha News had some of their previews out and couple little tidbits:

-Shoreland apparently had a large number of upperclassmen (7-8) not go out for various reasons. Some of the key guys are there, but this depth issue could be a problem going forward.

-Gessert is playing running back for Kenosha St. Joe's, this year as it sounds they are moving away from an option-based run game.

Elsewhere, Dominican's numbers are slightly up. Pretty good sized freshman class plus a couple new guys out in other grades. Still, roughly half the team is new to varsity ball.
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db11 wrote:

It's interesting to note that KCL started a youth program a few years ago, and one look at their roster shows 16 freshmen out for football this year, dwarfing their other classes.

I tried really hard not to swing at this one. I did. But sometimes a fastball right down the middle really is just a fastball down the middle, and you have to take a hack at it. I did a lot of digging while trying to find the right club for my kids a few years ago and this is what I found out....

The youth program question for Thomas More is mind-boggling when you consider that they actually HAD a healthy youth team as far as back as 2002-03. I'm pretty sure theirs was the first feeder team among Milwaukee-area private high schools. Only problem was, back then a number of south side Catholic grade schools still had their own private youth league, and some of the old guys running that league didn't like "their kids" playing for the Junior Cavs.

For obvious reasons (insurance, participation rates, etc), grade-school sponsored teams faded quickly over the last fifteen years.  That league turned into the "GMYFL" and those teams turned into a single club, the "CYFC Saints".  Meanwhile, TM brought in a succession of coaches who let the junior program slip and eventually fold completely... which brings us to the current status quo.  TM has no real junior team and you can see it when their freshmen play the likes of St. Cat's, who most definitely does.

Pius is in similar straits; they no longer have a youth team because the guys who took theirs over turned it into a travel-team operation. I don't know how many kids they actually sent to Pius XI (a guess: very few) before the school pulled the plug on that affiliation.  

The Saints are the south side's de facto Catholic youth club. They are loosely affiliated with TM but they are not a true feeder like Memorial, Marquette, St. Cat's, Wisco, Milwaukee Lutheran etc. have.  Pius no longer has a feeder team at all.  Neither does Dominican, and I'm pretty sure that's always been the case.

All three of those schools lack the infrastructure that their conference rivals have (particularly Pius, which is trying to keep pace with mostly suburban, mostly affluent public schools). Even the economically disadvantaged school districts in the current Woodland East, as well as many of the smaller private schools in the Metro Classic and even the Midwest Classic, have some sort of youth program in place. 

When you are basically starting from 2nd and 20, you will always struggle to be as productive as the team that starts from 1st and 10. That's really where Pius, TM and Dominican all sit.  2nd and 20. I don't see any of them improving much on the varsity level until they address their lack of a program at the middle school level.  Until they do, they will keep playing unprepared freshmen on varsity and keep losing kids who try and might have stuck it out, but quit because they can't stand the losing and the physical beatdowns of playing a level up before their bodies can handle it.  It's a crying shame.

I'll get down from my soapbox now.  Thanks for listening.  ÃƒÂ°Ã…¸ËœÂ
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I was always curious as to what happened with the Jr. Popes. My brother played over there in fifth grade (Ron Wied was one of their coaches believe it or not) as West Allis didn't start 'til sixth grade back then. As I recall, you could count on one hand the number of kids from that 5th & 6th grade team who went on to be Varsity Popes. My brother went to WAC, obviously, and another kid ended up in Franklin...but for the most part it was a lot of washouts.

Participation is down across the board in youth football, even the Lake Country Chiefs have seen a drop in kids. However, as long as you invest in it, football will always stay healthy in places like that...because there are people who care.

It's adapt or die, and with parochial middle schools fading into history and their football teams long since gone with it, many parochials have figured out that you need to have your own developmental program to prosper. Unfortunately, it's really easy to spot the ones who didn't...and it's just really sad to watch.
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Thursday, 8/22

Martin Luther at Greenfield
Bradley Tech at Kenosha St. Joseph's
Shoreland Lutheran at Milwaukee Hamilton
West Allis Central at Racine St. Catherine's

Friday, 8/23

Dominican at Assumption
Kenosha Christian Life at St. Thomas More
Racine Lutheran at Union Grove
Catholic Central at University School
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