Gault's Senior Notebook - Week Six

In a new feature to BadgerNation, Monona Grove senior lineman and Wisconsin commit Jaden Gault - the highest-ranked player in the state for the Class of 2014 - will take us through each game of his senior season, telling us what worked, what didn't and where improvement is needed.

What happened

In a battle for first place in the Badger North, Jaden Gault and Monona Grove pounded Fort Atkinson, 35-7, to stay undefeated at 6-0 (4-0 Badger North).

Opening thoughts

Last week was a huge step for us in becoming a team. We knew Fort was going to be a tough team. It was a big step for us and did a lot for our confidence. Both teams were 5-0, so that's a big conference win for us and we control our own destiny moving forward.

What did Monona Grove do well as a team?

I thought our defense was amazing and won us that game. Their quarterback was a dual-threat player and our defensive tackles did a great job filling the gaps at the line of scrimmage and holding out gaps. They didn't have many big plays offensively. For us on offensively, we came out and scored a lot early. We were able to jump on them and get up 28-0 at halftime. With that and getting some stops on defense, we were able to build a nice lead.

After saying you played the best game of your season last week despite missing the two weeks before that with a knee injury, where did you improve individually this week?

I thought I played a lot better to be honest with you. There were some mistakes that I had that kind of haunted me against Edgewood. There are still a lot of things that I still have to fix and we had a lot more base plays, but I went against one of the better defensive tackles in our conference. He was a big challenge for me, but I was able to step up to that and was able to push him off our guys in this game.

It was going both ways, but they were throwing a lot of cut blocks, so I had to work my way around that. I think that was a good step for me. I was able to get to the linebackers really well for them cutting me all the time. I thought that was a good step for me pushing linebackers to the next level and sticking them into the ground.

What do you need to do better going into next week's game; a tough road test at Stoughton?

There are still a lot of things we need to work on. I would say open-field tackling is something we can improve on and this week it will be a big challenge with Stoughton. They're a good team and they're going to try to get us with the power-I and double tight ends. Our defensive line has a big challenge there. I think they switched their Homecoming week to this week, so they want to have a big crowd. We're going to try and embrace that. We'll need to dominate the line of scrimmage, make our tackles and our defensive line will need to have a good push.


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