The 2019 Chilton football Tigers well exceeded expectations to have what can arguably be called the most successful season in school history (Yes, I know fans of the unbeaten 1969 Tigers disagree). For the first time ever, Chilton advanced to Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs and were just mere minutes away from a trip to Level 4 before a tough loss at Amherst.
A lot has graduated, but the Tigers could be strong again.
Here is the Chilton football preview:
CHILTON TIGER FOOTBALL PROFILE
Head Coach: Mike Arendt (7th Season)
Career Record: 29-31
2019 Record: 9-3 overall; 5-2 conference (3rd place)
Playoff Appearances: 14
Playoff Record: 8-14
2019 TIGERS: Chilton was sailing along with an 7-1 record with that lone loss to a Kiel team that would reach the state finals. A 14-0 loss at Sheboygan Falls cost CHS second place in the EWC, but it made the Tigers hungry for the playoffs where they knocked off Denmark at home and Kewaunee on the road before leading heavily favored Amherst in the second half of their Level 3 game, but late miscues kept the Tigers from another historic win and they fell 24-19.
Despite a powerful offense, Chilton’s three First Team All-EWC selections came on the defensive side in linebackers Markus Suttner and Devin Aull, along with defensive back Ryan Broeckel, all seniors. Senior Liam Higgins was Second Team offensive line and defensive end while Trent Breckheimer (outside linebacker and punter) and Camden Bowe (defensive back), both seniors, were also Second Teamers.
Honorable Mention went to running back Gaven Lisowe, Bowe (wide receiver), Broeckel (tight end), Connor Rowland (offensive line and outside linebacker), Fred Lamers (offensive line), Trent Breckheimer (kicker) and Bryce Wurm (defensive line).
2020 TIGERS: Coach Mike Arendt, despite the tremendous graduation losses, is not panicking. He builds around eight returning lettermen led by Rowland and Popp. Tyler Merten is back at quarterback with Fred Lamers returning on the line with Rowland. Alex Breckheimer will join Meyer in the backfield after he returns from a leg injury while Blake Biese, Lukas Halbach and Marcus Breckheimer will be among Meyer’s throwing targets. Chilton will have around 30 on its varsity roster, down a bit from last year, but still decent numbers.
LOOKING AT THE EWC: With only two rounds of playoffs likely due to Covid and no state finals, winning the conference is probably the only way to get to the playoffs in 2020. Wissports.net predicts Chilton to be a top three team in the EWC, but two-time defending champ and 2019 state finalist Kiel remains the team to beat with New Holstein sandwiched between these two.
In the first season of the new football-only conferences, the Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian tri-op team replaces Sheboygan Falls in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference.
2020 Chilton Tiger Football Schedule
(All games at 7 pm)
Sep. 25- at Manitowoc Roncalli
Oct. 2- at Kohler/Sheb. Lutheran/Sheb. Christian
Oct. 9- Home vs. Brillion
Oct. 16- at Valders
Oct. 23- Home vs. Kiel
Oct. 30- Home vs. Two Rivers
Nov. 6- at New Holstein
Nov. 13- WIAA Level 1 Playoffs (tba)
Nov. 20- WIAA Level 2 Playoffs (tba)