Monona Grove and Jaden Gault clinched a share of the Badger South title with a 17-0 victory at Stoughton, moving to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in conference.
They have a tough defense year in and year out, at least since I have been on varsity. It's never been a blowout game. We knew it was going to be a closer game. We were up 14-0 at halftime and just couldn't score in the second half. I give their defense a lot of credit. Their middle linebacker made a lot of plays.
What did Monona Grove do well as a team?
Our defense helped us win that game by getting a shutout. Stoughton's offense didn't have any big plays against us and our defense did a good job making plays and getting sacks. It was good to see them play that way since we were struggling on offense.
Where did you improve individually this week?
We ran a lot of base plays, so I was able to handle my assignments for the most part. I was able to get to the second level at times and do some good job on the backside against the backside linebacker. He wasn't able to make many plays, so I think I did well there. I went against some bigger guys that I am used to, so I got a decent challenge in pass protection and did some good things.
What does the team need to do better going into next week's game?
At times we passed the ball OK, but we need to be able to bounce back and run the ball against tough defenses. In the playoffs, it's always going to be like that. We just need to keep building confidence. We know what we need to work on and we need to keep getting better at what we can. If we want to get to where we want to be at the beginning of the year, we'll have to continue putting in time, breaking down film and executing the game plans our coaches give us.
What do you need to do better going into next week's game? As a leader of the team, do you bring up the fact that a win gives you the outright conference title?
Definitely because this is our first step. We had three goals: make the playoffs, win the conference and win state. We have the first goal taken care of and right now we have a share of the conference. That's not enough for us. We're not satisfied. We have to be hungry and get ready to get this win, because you can't let a conference championship slip away like that. You need to close things out and take care of business.
For me it's staying on my blocks, getting to the second level and finishing guys. I have to play full speed and be ready to go, which I will be. I am focusing on watching film this week and making sure our checks at the line are communicated well so we'll be ready to go.
What's the challenge you're going to face against Milton?
They're not a bad team. They've played a tough schedule and lost a lot early, but they'll provide some challenge. We just have to go out and play our game. It's Homecoming week so it'll be a big environment I am guessing. We'll just have to come out and play hard to get the crowd into it.