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Back at it again with another Primer. This time for the Southern Lakes.

2018 Southern Lakes vs NC opponents (4yrs): 6-10 (.375) (38-26 .594)
2018 Southern Lakes Playoff Record (4yrs): 1-4 (.200) (14-17 .452)

Lake Geneva Badger

2018 Record: 4-6 (4-3)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 23.0-23.2
Notable Returns: Mitch Rife (RB/LB), Corey Gabor-Pullen (RB/LB), Grant DuMez (QB/DB)
Notable Losses: Connor Clifford (QB/LB), Josh Tadeo (P/K), Hunter Wrzesinski (FB/LB)

Notes: After running the table last en route to another Southern Lakes championship, Badger fell to the middle of the pack in the conference going 4-5 and needing to win their last two games in order to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Badger loses three of their top four rushers from last season but return second leading rusher in Mitch Rife. Grant DuMez replaces the graduated Connor Clifford at QB to keep the defense honest in the option-orientated offense. 

Burlington

2018 Record: 7-3 (5-2)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 28.4-19.2
Notable Returns: Dalton Damon (QB), Cora Anderson (K), Zach Wallace (RB/DB)
Notable Losses: Nick Webly (WR/DB), Lucas Zasada (WR/DB), Zach Anderson (RB/LB)

Notes: Burlington looks to be one of the top contenders in the league this year after finishing third last season. They bring back Dalton Damon who garnered 1st Team All Conference honors at QB last year along with 2nd Team All Conference RB in Zach Wallace. The key for them is how quickly can they replace their top to WR's from last year as both have graduated and replace a few players on the O-Line who have also moved on.

Delavan-Darien

2018 Record: 1-8 (0-7)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 12.0-25.4
Notable Returns: Jay Greenwald (QB/LB), Ross Gengler (RB/LB), Mateo Morales (WR/DL)
Notable Losses: Eric Gonzalez (RB/LB), Reece Kroll (RB/LB), Sean Wiese (WR/DB)

Notes: The Comets got a rude awakening last year as they finished winless in league play. The offense outside of a 71-0 win in week two against Milwaukee North, managed only to put up more than ten points twice while getting shut out three times. Jay Greenwald returns at QB in hopes of getting more production but he'll have to do it with a new top RB as their top two rushers (and also their top two defensive players) moved on. Mateo Morales also returns as the top WR for Delavan-Darien as well. The bigger blow was also that Williams Bay left the co-op to go their own in 8-man football so depth will be challenged.

Elkhorn

2018 Record: 2-7 (2-5)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 18.9-25.4
Notable Returns: Mason Buelow (QB/LB), Jake Rockweiler (RB/LB), Mason Stebnitz (WR/DB)
Notable Losses: Sage Rushing (RB/LB), Nick Rockweiler (WR/DB)

Notes: Elkhorn showed some improvement over the year prior but only got two wins last season. However they lost four games by a combined 19 points and that kept them from possibly making the playoffs. They look to keep the momentum pointing in the right direction as most of their offensive production comes back with 2nd Team All-SLC Mason Buelow who threw for over 1,200 yds last season. They do have to replace their top rusher however but if they could get a bit more balance in that area then the Elks could come a dark horse in the league.

Union Grove

2018 Record: 4-5 (3-4)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 18.8-26.11
Notable Returns: Nash Wolf (QB/LB), Konnor Goetsch (RB/LB), Tommy Heilpel (WR/S)
Notable Losses: Luke Hansel (QB/LB), Keith Storm (RB/LB), Luke Nelson (WR/DB)

Notes: A 28-20 loss in the season finale against Badger kept the Broncos out of the postseason and they couldn't get the tiebreakers to get in at 3-4. Now Union Grove has to replace dual-threat QB Luke Hansel who was the top passer and rusher on the team. However Nash Wolf who have significant playing time at QB should ease the blow in the passing department. Konnor Goetsch should be getting the majority of touches on the rushing side of things as the top returning rusher from last season. The bigger question is can they find a way to get over the hump that has managed to plague them the last few year while avoiding the injury bug which has hit at the most inopportune times.

Waterford

2018 Record: 9-2 (7-0)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 37.4-15.4
Notable Returns: Tanner Keller (RB/DB), Dominic Miller (RB/DB), Weston Pittelkow (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Joe Schauer (QB), Joe Covelli (LB/RB)

Notes: The Wolverines ran roughshod over the league last season dropping 43.4 points per conference game while only giving up 12.3 points. The dropoff shouldn't be as much despite losing 2nd Team all SLC Joe Schauer at QB and 1st Team All-SLC Joe Covelli at LB plus a few pieces on the offensive line. They do bring back both their top rushers in OPY Tanner Keller and 1st team All-SLC Dominic Miller who combined rushed for 2,784 yds and 42 TD's. Weston Pittelkow returns to lead the Defense.

Westosha Central

2018 Record: 1-8 (1-6)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 9.2-34.6
Notable Returns: Gavin Carlson (WR/DB), Myles Kazumura (RB/DB), Charlie Feeney (OL/DL)
Notable Losses: Zach Burzawa (QB), Samy Greco (RB/K), Cam Krueser (WR/DB)

Notes: After experiencing a 5-4 year in 2017, the Falcons crashed back down to a 1-8 record last season only recording a 16-0 shutout over Delavan-Darien. The offense which struggled to put up yards and points last season needs a new QB as Zach Burzawa has graduated while Myles Kazumura should be getting the majority of the carries as the teams' second leading rusher from last season. Charlie Feeney is the top returner on the defense which needs to show major improvement after giving up nearly five touchdowns a game last season.

Wilmot

2018 Record: 7-3 (6-1)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 24.3-18.5
Notable Returns: Zack Watson (QB), Cal Jenkins (LB/RB), Austin Videlka (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Zach Lamberson (QB), Austin Norton (RB), Kade Carlson (WR/DB), Kevin Brenner (DL/OL)

Notes: The Panthers must be wondering what it takes to get some playoff success after another strong season ends again in the first round against Waukesha West. The Panthers must replace Zach Lamberson who was at the reigns at QB but return Zack Watson who shared snaps with Lamberson last season. The biggest question mark is in the running game as their top two rushers who combined for over 1,300 yards last year have moved on. Cal Jenkins and Austin Videlka who were the top two defensive players for Wilmot last season return to lead that side of the ball.

Predictions: In a time where athleticism is becoming more and more prominent, the Southern Lakes tends to buck the trend by being more of a slower and physical type of league which tends to be problematic come playoff time especially in the later rounds. I do see Waterford as the favorite again with Burlington and Wilmot fighting to see who gets second place. After those three teams, the picture muddles a bit with Badger, Elkhorn and Union Grove fighting for a 4-3 record in the league. Westosha and Delavan-Darien remain further back as they look to still be in rebuilding mode.

1. Waterford
2. Burlington
3. Wilmot
4. Badger
5. Elkhorn
6. Union Grove
7. Westosha Central
8. Delavan-Darien

Playoff Bids: Waterford, Burlington, Wilmot
On the Bubble: Badger, Elkhorn
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The SLC tends to stay fairly competitive top-to-bottom and I don't see that changing much here...although I'm not sure we will see much jumping up or falling from anyone in the standings. Waterford remains the clear favorite, but there is a part of me that thinks we'll see a "return to form" from Lake Geneva Badger this year. Burlington and Wilmot will probably stay status quo.

The team that intrigues me is Elkhorn. I think they have the best potential to surprise one or more of the top four this year. Union Grove should be alright as well. I worry for Westosha Central more than Delavan-Darien for some reason (at least D-D has a near-scholarship-level player), though neither is likely to improve much sadly.
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I agree, D-D appears to have s bit more talent on their roster than Westosha, but I’ll reserve judgment until we play the games. 
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As I saw it, I pegged D-D in the basement due to having Williams Bay going back to a standalone program for 8-man football and what possible depth issues that could cause (not sure what numbers WB brought to the co-op) but nearly having 2/3 of your scoring output come against a MPS team? Oof.

When I did the predictions, I thought of placing Badger higher but what the other teams brought back put them over the Badgers. Do I see them having a better record then last season? Possibly but it'll depend on how fast the returning players fill the gaps left.

Elkhorn showed despite only two wins that they could've had at least double or triple the win total. The key is if they can make enough plays to get over the top.
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I actually think the loss of Williams Bay will have very little effect on Delavan-Darien. I'm banking on some internal improvement to put them ahead of WC.
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Numbers are up in Union Grove and they hope to reap the benefits of a better structured weightlifting program under their new strength and conditioning coach.

https://journaltimes.com/sports/high-school/high-school-football-preview-union-grove-looking-lean-and-mean/article_757e77e4-1e9a-5319-8dea-f36741c5c81e.html
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Burlington will be small, but numbers are up. In an interesting move, Western Illinois OL recruit Dylan Runkel has been moved to TE to give the offense another weapon at the expense of size on the OL.

https://journaltimes.com/sports/high-school/high-school-football-preview-burlington-fine-tuning-its-engine-this/article_5267edce-7bf3-5db4-a19c-7771c52eab5e.html
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Waterford's two-headed backfield monster will carry the load, but can a nearly brand-new OL pave the way for them?

https://journaltimes.com/sports/high-school/high-school-football-preview-waterford-loaded-for-more-success/article_97f24de6-ad06-5584-8732-6e8b84529b7a.html
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