Football Cards ready for Oconomowoc

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Rob Reischel
Middleton football coach Tim Simon (left) will bring Demond Hill (right) and the rest of his Cardinals to Oconomowoc for a Level 2 playoff game Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld


They are explosive.

They are senior dominant.

And they are undefeated.

Oconomowoc’s football team is in the middle of a memorable season, and has a perfect 10-0 record.

Middleton will try ending the Coons’ dream season Friday night, when the teams meet at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 Level 2 playoff game.

Oconomowoc is a No. 2 seed, while Middleton (8-2) is seeded third.

“I know they're really good,” Cardinals senior running back Charles Braxton said. “But we’re pretty confident right now, too.”

Oconomowoc won the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference with a 7-0 mark. Along the way, the Coons had one of the most memorable wins in years, topping Wisconsin Lutheran 84-82, in a Week 6 battle.

That game went a long way towards Oconomowoc averaging 38.8 points per game and allowing 22.1 points per contest.

“They're certainly an explosive team,” Middleton coach Tim Simon said. “They’re undefeated for a reason … and certainly deserve the seed they have.”

Oconomowoc senior quarterback Canton Larson has been one of the state’s elite dual threats. Larson has thrown 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions, and also rushed for 915 yards and 10 TDs.

The Coons’ next highest rusher has just 274 yards.

Oconomowoc senior wideout Casey Bednarski has been a handful for foes with 22 catches for 753 yards — a remarkable average of 34.2 yards per catch — and nine TDs.

Senior Jack Bourdo has 25 catches for 489 yards (19.6) and four TDs, while senior Koty Thelen has 23 catches for 382 yards (16.6) and three TDs.

Oconomowoc is also coming off a 37-6 pasting of Madison West in Level 1. The Cardinals defeated the Regents, 28-14, in Week 5.

As good as Oconomowoc has been, Middleton is feeling pretty good about itself, too.

The Cardinals have won eight of their last nine games. And their only loss was a 21-14 setback at Sun Prairie, the No. 1 team in the state according to

Oconomowoc is ranked fourth in that same poll, but that won’t faze Middleton Friday night.

“I think we’re all pretty excited about how far we’ve come this year,” Cardinals senior cornerback Luke Schafer said. “Now, we’ve just got to keep it going.”

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