August 19, 2014 | 03:35 PMMatt Hensler, Badger’s football coach, will start the season Friday at 7 p.m. facing a familiar opponent, West Allis Hale.
Hensler said his squads have faced Hale for the last six seasons, and said there is not much secrecy in what to expect between the two teams.
“They’re extremely physical and super aggressive,” Hensler said.
He said Hale typically blitzes a lot and attempts to create confusion in their opponent’s offensive line.
It’s a tough match to start the season, which is what Hensler prefers because it prepares his squad for upcoming conference play.
“It’s baptism by fire,” he said. “It forces us to be ready.”
At the beginning of this season’s practice, Hensler hadn’t named a starting line up and said three kids were battling for the quarterback spot. Isaac Ziervogel won the battle for the starting job.
“He’s quick and good on the read,” Hensler said. “He has an extremely live arm.”
On Friday, Aug. 15, the team had its first scrimmage at Milton High School.
Hensler said he saw some good things at the scrimmage. He said, overall, the defensive players did a good job of being in the right position. He said the team also did good things when running the ball. However, there were also some mental errors. Those mental errors are difficult for a young team to overcome.
Last year’s team was loaded with seniors, and its the most turnover to graduation that Hensler has had during his tenure as Badger’s coach. He is entering his eighth season at Badger High School and his team made it to the post-season in each of his first seven seasons.
He said the players should be used to the Badger system, the same system is used at the freshman level. He added that the junior varsity players often practice with the varsity players so they should be used to the physicality of the game.
He said there is a speed adjustment for the players as they jump from the JV level to the varsity level.