Brodhead/Juda football ready to rumble
BRODHEAD—Walworth Big Foot’s football program has won seven straight Rock Valley South titles.
Will Brodhead/Juda put an end to the streak in 2014?
The answer might not come until the last game of the regular season, when the Cardinals host the Chiefs.
“I’m not worried about Big Foot right now,” Brodhead/Juda coach B.J. Bockhop said. “I’m worried about Week 1 and River Valley.
“Until someone can knock Big Foot off the top, they’re still the champs. But I’d like to have that chance.”
Brodhead/Juda returns a wealth of talent from last year’s conference runner-up team that lost in the second round of the Division 4 playoffs.
Heading the list are two-way linemen Reave Lincoln, Logan Maurer and Steven Voights. Bockhop believes with those three opening holes up front, along with Gavin Baade and tight end Brody Colden, the Brodhead/Juda Wing-T offense could thrive.
“With the work those guys put in during the offseason and the summer, and with the experience they have, this could one of the best offensive lines we’ve ever had,” Bockhop said. “Not only do they all have good size, but they’re also very athletic.”
Lincoln and Maurer were both all-conference first-team selections a year ago.
Brennan Bescup returns at quarterback. The senior accounted for over 1,000 yards of offense in 2013, and Bockhop is expecting bigger and better things in 2014.
“We threw a lot at him in a little amount of time last year, but he handled it well,” Bockhop said. “Now he’s had a whole year to digest everything and has really looked good.
“Brennan’s very versatile and that gives a lot of different options on offense. He’s a great passer on the run, his speed allows him to get to the edge and run our option package, and he can make plays with his arm or legs.”
Bockhop’s biggest concern heading into Friday night’s nonconference opener against River Valley is at running back. The Cardinals’ top three rushers from a year ago graduated.
Brodhead/Juda’s vaunted 4-4 defense should continue to make life miserable for opposing offenses with Maurer, Lincoln and Voights anchored up front. The Cardinals’ defense allowed only 13.45 points per game last season, including a mere seven in the third quarter in 11 games.
“We’re a little thin in the secondary, but we’ve got good depth and size up front,” Bockhop said. “And Colden and Baade have a chance to really be productive at linebacker.”
Brodhead/Juda has made a state-record 22 straight postseason appearances. That streak doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy in 2014.
Big Foot’s seven straight Rock Valley South titles could be.