Player to watch: Senior quarterback Dakota Behrs, who Rodriguez said is strong and fast and who knows the Central offense well, having started a couple of games last season.
Date to circle: Sept. 21 against West Allis Hale at the West Allis Athletic Field. The rivalry game is always a highlight of the season for both Central and Hale.
Strength: Rodriguez likes the size and physical nature of his team, adding that the Bulldogs should be strong and aggressive on both sides of the ball.
Weakness: As always, Central will be severely tested by the Greater Metro Conference, which features rugged opposition almost from top to bottom. It can be difficult to judge just how good a team is when it goes through that type of grinder.
We say: The Bulldogs suffered an unusual number of injuries last season, particularly at the quarterback spot, where they lost their top three starters by the end of the year. As a result, they lost their final three games after starting 3-3. "If we can stay healthy," Rodriguez said, "we can beat these teams at the end of the year. I like our chances to make the (WIAA) playoffs."
A GLANCE BACK
Greater Metro Conference: 2-5
First team: none
Second team: none
Honorable mention: Adonis Ancira-Murillo (OL), Waige Fischer (RB), Matt Somppi (OL), Josh Neary (DB)
First-team losses: Brian Hoppe (WR)
Coach: Dax Rodriguez
|Aug. 31||At Brookfield East|
|Sept. 7||At Wauwatosa East|
|Sept. 14||Menomonee Falls|
|Sept. 21||At West Allis Hale|
|Sept. 28||Brookfield Central|
|Oct. 5||At Sussex Hamilton|
home games in bold
|Catholic Memorial||L 39-18|
|Racine Horlick||W 34-10|
|Brookfield East||L 48-13|
|Wauwatosa East||W 28-21|
|Menomonee Falls||L 28-12|
|West Allis Hale||W 32-7|
|Brookfield Central||L 36-14|
|Sussex Hamilton||L 52-35|
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