In what was a great opener to the season, Cedarburg came into Greendale and played last year's state runner-up extremely tough, but couldn't pull of the upset as their two-point conversion attempt was stuffed in the first overtime allowing the Panthers to escape with a 28-27 victory.
Leading the Panthers on defense was junior linebacker Tristian Pipp who was a tackling machine. Watching him play offense, you could see his athleticism in his ability to run routes and catch passes. He had two receptions, one on a catch and run, and was also good as a blocker. He still has a lot of room to fill out and must keep getting stronger, but he has an excellent nose for the ball, does not shy away from contact and as the game went along, did a nice job of recognizing Cedarburg's run plays and being in the right spot. He does not currently have any offers, but is primed for a good junior season which should bring about more interest. He plays middle now, but looking at his body type, he may end up outside in college.
His teammate, sophomore Mike Witkowski has a nice frame at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds. He still has filling out to do, but he can move his feet and is comfortable in space. How he continues to grow will determine if he stays at his current tackle position or slides inside in college, but he's certainly a young guy to keep an eye on.
I really liked Cedarburg senior Jonathan Stiever (6-3 190 pounds). He played all over the field, showed excellent hands and ball skills, and best of all, was extremely tough and competitive. He battled to the end and did it all from carrying the ball, catching the ball, playing deep safety and covering, then coming up in run support. Also an excellent student, I think he would be a great walk-on candidate for BCS programs and should warrant offer consideration at the FCS and possibly the lower FBS level.