The Watertown High School football team will be looking for some new faces to step up as they get ready for the 2020 season. Head coach Benji Kamrath’s squad graduated seven players on offense and five on defense that earned all-conference recognition in 2019. The Gosling’s offense averaged just under 29 points per game last year as they went 6-4 and earned the program’s 9th straight playoff bid.
Like other programs across the state, Watertown didn’t actually know if they would be playing football this fall because of coronavirus. When the school district decided that staying in the fall was the best option for them, Kamrath said “I know the kids, parents and community are excited for the opportunity to play in the fall and have a seven game schedule.”
Watertown returns a pair of players who did earned All-Badger South Conference recognition in 2019. Branden Fischer earned first team all-league status as a kicker and punter. Fischer is on the “Watch List” for the Kevin Stemke Award which is given to the state’s top senior kicker. Senior running back Dylan Sippel was an Honorable Mention All-League pick as a junior.
On offense, Kamrath says he’s excited to have two athletic and strong-armed junior signal callers who understand the game fighting for playing time at quarterback heading into the opener. He expects both Caleb Huff and Nathan Kehl to see action at quarterback in week 1. “There are guys at every position right now that are fighting for paying time and that’s nice to have that as a coach, to have depth especially in your skill positions, because when your playing four wide receives or three tight ends and a receiver, a lot of those guys are playing defense so you can rotate them at defensive back or rotate them at receiver and still stay fresh on the field”
On defense, Kamrath says that he hopes his team needs to “Get better at the little things, against some of the stronger teams (last year) we gave up some higher point totals. So obviously we want to hold teams under a couple of scores. We need to be a good tackling team, not give up the big play and fly around with a lot of energy.” Kamrath said “What I see defensively for us is lot of depth and a lot of guys who hopefully rotate themselves into some playing time and hopefully that’s an advantage for us being one of the bigger schools in the teams we play is that we will play more guys and wear down some teams in the 3rd and 4th quarter.”
Watertown is the only team in the new Badger Large Conference who decided to stay with the fall schedule. When things get back to normal in future seasons, the Badger Large Conference include Beaver Dam, DeForest, Janesville Craig, Janesville Parker, Milton, Oregon, Watertown and Waunakee.
The Goslings open up their 2020 season on September 25th when they host Edgewood.
Click the link to hear a full interview with Watertown coach Benji Kamrath
2020 Watertown Schedule
10-9 Sauk Prairie
10-16 @Lake Mills
10-23 @ Reedsburg
11-6 @ Grafton
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