2018 High School Football Preview: Other Madison-Area Teams

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Not every area team fits in one of the area conferences. Here's a look at some of the other teams in the area.

While we don't offer full conference previews this year, we will offer coverage during the season. We'll be focusing specifically on: Great 8, Trailways, SWAL, Six Rivers, Ridge and Valley, Southwest, and Southern Lakes. Below are the handful of teams that are in our DMA (Dane, Columbia, Sauk counties) that we will offer full coverage of in 2018.

Great 8 (8-Player)

Last year, Oakfield won it with a perfect record, but this year's conference should be fairly wide-open for the five teams (Elkhart Lake-Glenbuelah and new addition Port Edwards, in addition to the three teams below). Port Edwards went winless last year as an independent, while Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah played well during a 3-5 campaign.

Oakfield graduated plenty of their top players, so it opens the door for the other teams in the conference a bit. Abundant Life/St. Ambrose has four-year starter Mike Rhatican back at quarterback to lead the way, while Wisconsin Heights, not eligible for the new 8-player playoffs, should be solid again this season with some returning all-conference players. Here are the area teams we are following in 2018:

2018 High School Football Preview: Wisconsin Heights
2018 High School Football Preview: Wisconsin Heights
Two years into the 8-player football experience, it looks like the model for the program at Wisconsin Heights is here to stay under third-year coach Jeff Supernaw,...
2018 High School Football Preview: Abundant Life/St Ambrose
2018 High School Football Preview: Abundant Life/St Ambrose
A change at the top has the Abundant Life/St. Ambrose Challengers moving in a different direction again as the program works under their third head coach in as many...
2018 High School Football Preview: Oakfield
2018 High School Football Preview: Oakfield
A very special group of senior players helped Oakfield to an undefeated season and a win in the final 8-Player Football Jamboree in 2017. Now, with only one returning...

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Fall River enjoyed the best season in school history last year, advancing all the way to Level 4. Lourdes Academy and Johnson Creek finished at 5-2, with Deerfield making the playoffs thanks to a Week 9 double-OT win over Lourdes. Here are the area teams we're tracking this season:

2018 High School Football Preview: Fall River
2018 High School Football Preview: Fall River
It was the most successful football season in school history in 2017 for Fall River, when the Pirates advanced to the state semifinals in Division 7. Fall River's...
2018 High School Football Preview: Johnson Creek
2018 High School Football Preview: Johnson Creek
A solid group of seniors returns to help Johnson Creek push for another playoff spot in the deep Trailways Small this season.
2018 High School Football Preview: Deerfield
2018 High School Football Preview: Deerfield
Going from a winless season to a playoff bid is no easy feat, and it took a wild Week 9 game to clinch and get in for the Deerfield Demons in 2017, who hadn't made...
2018 High School Football Preview: Wayland Academy
2018 High School Football Preview: Wayland Academy
Wayland Academy's transition to 11-player football was completed in 2017, the boarding school's first season in a conference after years playing in 8-player football....

Other Area Teams

These are teams that are in the area, but primarily face teams from outside of our coverage area. We'll follow them in 2018:

2018 High School Football Preview: River Valley
2018 High School Football Preview: River Valley
Four of the six teams in the SWC made the playoffs last year, including River Valley. The Blackhawks will try to extend their postseason run to 11 straight seasons in...
2018 High School Football Preview: Parkview
2018 High School Football Preview: Parkview
Parkview enters 2018 looking to start fresh with a relatively large group of experienced juniors and seniors, with goals of getting back in the win column and seeking...
2018 High School Football Preview: Wonewoc Center/Weston
2018 High School Football Preview: Wonewoc Center/Weston
Former longtime Wonewoc Center head coach John Benish will take over in 2018 more than a decade after he last coached at Wonewoc Center. Now a co-op program for the...

We will feature most of southern Wisconsin in our coverage this season as well.

2018 HSFB Preview: The 2017 Season In Review
2018 HSFB Preview: The 2017 Season In Review
The top games, the biggest names, and everything we saw last season across southern Wisconsin in high school football: Our 2017 Season in Review!

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