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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Tyler Kalscheur gets excited during a Cardinals’ practice last week. Middleton hosts Madison Memorial in its season opener on Aug. 18./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The high school football season is still more than a week away, and Middleton has already suffered a big loss.

No, make that immense.

Senior offensive tackle Jarrett Horst, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 295 pounds, suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during practice last week. Horst underwent surgery Monday and is expected to miss eight weeks.

If Horst’s recovery goes well, he could return late in the regular season. If not, he could miss the entire year.

Middleton opens its 2017 campaign Aug. 18 against Madison Memorial.

“It’s a huge loss,” Middleton offensive coordinator Jason Pertzborn said. “I’m a little worried until we can get some answers up front.”

Horst was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference selection in 2016 and was Middleton’s lone returning starter up front. Horst has a collegiate offer from Indiana State, and has also been in contact with Western Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Illinois State.

Middleton returns terrific talent at the skill positions with quarterback Davis Roquet, running backs Dion Huff and James Pabst, and wideout Brogan Brunker. But the Cardinals’ offensive line will now have five new starters and a world of questions when the season begins.

“It’s obviously a tough blow,” Middleton coach Tim Simon said. “If things got tough, we could always run an isolation play behind Jarrett. Now, we don’t have that option. We just need some different kids to step up.”

• Happy campers: Middleton held its preseason camp from Wednesday morning through Saturday at noon last week. The team practiced twice on certain days, slept at Middleton High School, and had a bevy of team bonding activities in between.

The players watched ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’, took part in a trivia contest, and were able to go swimming at the MHS indoor pool when rain spoiled their chances to swim outdoors.

Most importantly, though, the Cardinals spent 72 consecutive hours together building chemistry, trust and camaraderie.

“That team bonding is just so important for developing relationships that will be critical to our season,” Simon said. “Juniors spend time with seniors, kids get to know each other a lot better. It’s so much more than just football.”

• Quite a run: Middleton has reached the postseason 21 consecutive seasons. That’s tied for the longest Division 1 streak in the state with Hartland Arrowhead.

Simon has been the head coach for the last 13 seasons. And while Simon admits Middleton’s goals typically are much bigger, a trip to the playoffs still means a great deal.

“That streak is a badge of honor, to the staff and to the kids,” Simon said. “We can never underestimate what it means to make the playoffs. That’s still a big deal.”

• Captain, my captain: Middleton named its captains for the 2016 season.

They are linebackers Shane Bick, Jimmy Frusciante and Jake Hoskins, quarterback Davis Roquet and offensive tackle Jarrett Horst. All five players are seniors.

• Change, change, change: Middleton’s coaching staff will have a handful of changes this season.

Joe Poehls moves from defensive line coach to offensive line coach. Tyrell Rosemeyer is the new defensive line coach after serving in that same capacity at the JV level last year.

Mark Oesterle is the new wide receivers coach. Longtime wideouts coach and former MHS standout Ryan Oliversen stepped away due to career and family commitments.

Brent Jorgensen is the new freshman head coach and Brad North is the new JV defensive coordinator.


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