Gault May Take Other Officials

Monona Grove senior lineman and Wisconsin commit Jaden Gault - the highest-ranked player in the state for the Class of 2014 - takes us through each game of his senior season. Following Friday's playoff win, Gault talks about what went right for Monona Grove and why he might take some visits.

MONONA – Overcoming strep throat and needing IVs the last time Monona Grove played host to Milton, senior offensive lineman Jaden Gault was anxious to show the Redhawks how good he can play at 100 percent.

He got his wish.

Monona Grove – the outright Badger South champs – finished with 292 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, choosing to run more than its fair share behind Gault, to dominate Milton in a 42-12 victory Friday night to open the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.

"They were more physical than us last game and we really took that to heart," said Gault, as Monona Grove (10-0) ran the ball its first 14 plays as it moved the ball into a stiff breeze. "We wanted to play physical and I think we established that on offense. Just coming out with a score right away sent a message. We were able to move the ball really well."

In the 14-7 win over Milton on Oct.11, Monona Grove was held to only 187 rushing yards. In the rematch, Milton (3-7) gave up 203 rushing yards by halftime and was down 28-0 at the break after Monona Grove turned consecutive Milton fumbles into rushing touchdowns in the final 2:35 of the second quarter.

"We really got the running game moving in the first half," said Gault. "I thought I was able to play really well and help our running backs have some good holes to run through … Those fumbles were huge. We haven't been capitalizing off turnovers and to do that was huge. It's going to be a big key in our playoff run."

Gault is one of five in-state commits for Wisconsin hoping to end his high school football career at Camp Randall. The group is off to a good start, winning four games by a combined score of 172-to-12.

While still firmly committed to Wisconsin, Gault has entertained the idea of taking some official visits. One of which could be to Arkansas, as associate head coach/offensive line coach Sam Pittman was at the game and watched from the sideline.

"That shows a lot," Gault said of Pittman's visit. "They are on their bye week and to visit is really nice. Coach Pittman is a great guy. It shows that my hard work has paid off that they still have a lot of interest in me."

Another could be to Miami, as the Hurricanes offered Thursday and sent over 10 pieces of mail on Saturday.

"I was a little surprised by the offer," said Gault. "They talked to me awhile back, but I didn't know they were that interested. It's a big offer. They're ranked in the top 10. I watched them play North Carolina and liked how they used their running game to basically win that game."

But for the meantime, Gault has put recruiting on the back burner to focus on winning a state championship. He knows the Silver Eagles need to be better in the passing game when they host Edgerton (9-1), along with continuing to play physical at the line of scrimmage.

He also knows that it's unrealistic that he plays college football at any place other than Wisconsin.

"It would have to take something crazy for me not to be a Badger," Gault said.

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