Dippel ready for the Champs

With his team already dispatching Classic 8 schools Waukesha West and Kettle Moraine in the Division I bracket of the WIAA playoffs, Wisconsin-recruit Tyler Dippel and his Hartford Union teammates look to make it a perfect 3-for-3 against the Classic 8 when Union takes on regular conference and defending Division I champion Arrowhead on Saturday.

MADISON - Hartford Union and future UW Badger Tyler Dippel has been taking care of business so far in the WIAA Playoffs. Dippel's production so far in the playoffs has help the team get ready for their most important game Saturday when they play defending champion and number one seed Hartland Arrowhead. Dippel feels that his play so far has been beneficial and helped the team.

"My first game was better then the second. I have been playing defensive line/tackle and I feel that I have been decent."

Dippel, who committed to play for the Badgers on September 27, feels that the preparation the team has been going through has them ready for Saturday.

"We have been watching film and looking at how Arrowhead's offense is run," Dippel said. "They are a running squad with a big line. We feel that will be counteracted with our speed and we will have to get the running lanes first to stop their ground game. On the offensive side, we just have to play our game of smash mouth football."

When it comes to match-ups on Saturday, Dippel doesn't see it as him against an offensive linemen, but more of a team concept.

"I'm not looking at one-on-one match-ups to see who I'm against," he said. "I trust my teammates and I mostly worry about making sure I do my job and my teammates will do theirs."

Dippel has enjoyed himself so far in the playoffs with the two wins in virtually comeback games, as his team has taken on a never say die attitude. He hopes that the team will continue to have that attitude for Saturday and continue on for a chance to play at Camp Randall for a state championship.

"My biggest thrill so far in the tournament is that we played two really good teams and won. We were down in both games but came back to win," he said. "I love the resiliency of our team and it's a team that wants to take the next step and overcome every obstacle we face."

As a future Badger, Dippel has been following the team and seeing the struggles they have been going through. Like most recruits, Dippel feels that certain areas will work themselves out and they will be able to finish the season out strong.

"I think they are going through a slump with injuries and quarterback issues. They don't have a big problem right now and they will snap out of it." said Dippel.

When looking at next year and hopefully being a player that will fit in good with the team, Dippel will do what ever he can to make sure that the Badgers will be successful.

"I will be able to help at Wisconsin with my versatility. When I work with the coaches I will help either way doing my role and being a contribution any way I can." said Dippel.

Dippel plans to bring an exciting game for the Badger Nation to watch and be proud of and will showcase his skills against Arrowhead on Saturday.

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