High school football returns to normalcy
By Rich Palzewic
BROWN COUNTY – With games starting this week, welcome back to another season of high school football.
It’s one of the most exciting times of the year.
The Packers are a few weeks away from opening the regular season, and the high school football season is underway.
All 12 area teams, besides Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran/Oneida Nation, open play this week.
When The Press Times expanded into Green Bay in 2019, one of the first things we discussed was putting together a high school football preview tab for the 2019 season, and we did that.
Because of the uncertainty of COVID-19, we didn’t accomplish that goal in 2020.
Two teams – Seymour and West De Pere – played in fall 2020, while the other 10 teams played this past spring during the alternate fall season the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) set up.
The previews, which will appear online and in our tab in this week’s edition of The Press Times, are approximately 500-800 words each and contain the team’s schedule and pictures.
With some of the teams, you’ll see feature articles that may have appeared in The Press Times during the past year as a refresher.
Alphabetically, Ashwaubenon appears first, while West De Pere brings up the anchor.
Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, De Pere, Green Bay East, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Southwest, Green Bay West, Notre Dame Academy, Pulaski and West De Pere all play in two divisions of the Fox River Classic Conference, while Seymour (Bay Conference) and N.E.W. Lutheran/Oneida Nation (8-man, MONLPC-East) are separate from the others.
Bay Port, which last lost an FRCC game in 2015, has won 36 consecutive FRCC games.
The Pirates, who finished 2-5 during the alternate fall season, advanced to the WIAA Division 1 final in 2019 but lost to Muskego in the title game.
They’re anchored by Jayden Montgomery, a University of Iowa verbal commit.
There are plenty of other storylines to ponder.
Can De Pere build off its undefeated alternate season?
It has one of the state’s most dynamic players in junior quarterback Gabe Herman.
The new FRCC divisions set up an interesting game between De Pere and West De Pere.
Separated by 2.4 miles and the Fox River, the teams play Sept. 24 at De Pere High School.
They last played against one another Oct. 13, 2006, a 7-6 West De Pere victory.
Who will win the historic Green Bay East/Green Bay West game?
Last year, East won an exciting 15-14 thriller.
Notre Dame won its first five games this spring but stumbled in two consecutive losses during the final two weeks.
I’m interested to see how the Tritons respond.
Pulaski is always fun to watch with its single-wing offense.
The Red Raiders do a great job with their execution, so half the time, I have no idea which player has the ball.
One of my favorite all-time quotes about the Pulaski offense was said by Bay Port head coach Gary Westerman: “Playing against Pulaski is like going to the dentist … you don’t like it very much.”
I’m excited we get back to a normal high school football season, with fans packing stadiums and cheering on their respective teams.