In this unique high school football season, Marshall High School football team may be going through the most unique season in the state. Being in Dane County where local coronavirus health guidelines are stricter than surrounding counties most of the school have moved their season to the spring option. Marshall decided to move forward in the fall despite having a few more hurdles to clear to play. With current Dane County guidelines, all six of Marshall’s games will be on the road this season. In fact, in order to have full contact practices, the team will bus to Fall River every Wednesday.
The Cardinals had just four seniors on the roster in 2019 so they return a large number of players with varsity experience to this year’s squad. That group includes three All-Capitol South Conference selections from 2019 including 1st team offensive and defensive lineman Kelby Petersen. Peterson has been named to the preseason “Watch List” for the Joe Thomas and Tim Krumrie Awards by wissports.net. The Joe Thomas Award is given annually to the state’s top senior offensive lineman while the Tim Krumrie Award is handed out each season to Wisconsin’s top senior defensive lineman. Junior Cole Denniston was a 2nd team all-conference pick at both wide receiver and junior Cannon Siedschlag was a 2nd team all-league selection in 2019 at defensive back.
This fall Marshall football will compete in the new Eastern Suburban Conference along with Cambridge, Clinton, Waterloo, Dodgeland, Markesan, Palmyra-Eagle and Pardeeville. Head coach Matt Kleinheinz told DailyDodge.com earlier this summer that even though they will be seeing some new opponents, he’s happy that their long-standing rivalries with Waterloo and Cambridge will remain intact. Clinton is the only team in the new conference that has decided to move their football season to the spring.
Travis Wilson of wissporst.net labeled Marshall as “A Team To Watch” in his preseason Division Four high school football rankings. “I think it’s nice for everybody to maybe puff their chest out a bit. I think the parents and the kids get excited about it. I think we as coaches take it with a grain of salt.” Kleinheinz said. “We certainly recognize why we are getting some of that attention given the fact that we are moving into a new conference and bringing back a lot of kids. With that though, as I told the kids, comes with some expectations. I said I almost like being an underdog as its easier for you to fly under the radar. When your name starts appearing in print, all of a sudden you got a target on your back, you and can’t go out and have a bad game and maybe sneak by. Everybody is going to be ready for you.”
Marshall opens up their season on September 25th when they travel to Tomahawk.
Click the link to hear a full interview with Marshall Head Coach Matt Kleinheinz.
2020 Marshall Football Schedule
9-25 @ Tomahawk
10-2 @ Cambridge
10-9 @ Palmyra-Eagle
10-23 @ Pardeeville
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