Things you can count on in life: death, taxes, and Edgar football being a force every fall.
A win on Friday night against Reedsville will send the wildcats back to Madison for another state tournament appearance after being upset in level three last year. A defense that's allowed only 43 points all season is a key reason why.
"Our linebackers are very experienced and our defensive backs our very experienced,” head coach Jerry Sinz said. “So we give up yards but we don't give up many big plays so I think that's helped us out."
"Just the focus and intensity that all the guys bring to the game,” senior linebacker/running back Ty Guden says. “Just having the attitude that no one's going to score on us every game is what we come out with every game."
Offensively Edgar is powered by a dynamic running game, four Wildcats have more than five rushing touchdowns on the season, Will Raatz leads the way with 19.
"Whoever's got the hot hand just does good in that game we can just carry it forward to the next game and whoever catches fire that game runs with it” Raatz says. “If Kaleb’s doing good we're all behind him, if I’m doing good they're all behind me, I mean we all got each other's backs."
This is a program that certainly knows a thing or two about success on the gridiron, but last year's loss in level three of the playoffs certainly stung. It put a chip on this group's shoulders and motivated them to make sure that 2018 ends with their second state title in the last three years.
0"yeah it's what we've worked for all year” quarterback/defensive back Karson Butt says. “Every time we come out to practice, every time we're in the weight room, that game still rides with us, and knowing that we want to get it back and get to Camp Randall."
Guden added, "I mean it fueled us a lot, in the summer doing workouts and stuff like that, we were always thinking about that loss and how we didn't want it to happen this year.
A core that experienced the highest of highs two years ago is out to rid themselves of the demons from last season, but more importantly, to bring home state title number eight for the Wildcats.