Milwaukee City (Richardson)
Tech again was the dominant team, posting a 6-0 league mark that included a 35-7 victory over runner-up Riverside and 38-14 win over third-place Bay View/MCLL.
The Trojans became the fourth different league champion in four years, winning the title for the first time since 2003.
Tech, Riverside and Bay View/MCLL were the only postseason qualifiers.
Players who earned more than 30 spots on the all-league teams are scheduled to return, so it should be another dogfight this fall.
Milwaukee Bradley Tech
The Trojans won all three nonconference contests and blitzed their league foes, not allowing more than 14 points, in finishing the regular season at 9-0.
That performance qualified them for the school's 23rd postseason appearance and 16th in 17 years in Division 1. Bradley Tech edged Manitowoc Lincoln, 26-22, in the opener but fell to Mequon Homestead, 21-3, in round two.
If the Trojans expect to defend their crown, they must replace numerous standout performers as senior defensive tackle Brandon Watkins is the lone first-team selection returning.
Gone are first-teamers in quarterback Jeff Lemmer, fullback Joe Carter, wide receiver and punter Jonathan Johnson, wide receiver and defensive back Chris McHenry, offensive linemen Ralph Loftin and Antonio White, linebacker Arick Brown and defensive lineman Phillip Remm.
Johnson made the all-area team second team on offense, while Lemmer, who was the league's player of the year, and McHenry made the honorable mention list, also on offense, while Brown was an honorable mention defender.
McHenry made the second team as a kick returner, as did Anthony Rollins at kicker and Floyd Underwood at linebacker, both who also graduated.
Lemmer was second on the squad in rushing with 488 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also completed 113 of 175 attempts (64.6 percent) for 1,508 yards with a fantastic TD-to-interception ratio of 30-6. McHenry caught 46 passes for 634 yards (13.8) and 15 scores, while Johnson was right behind with 40 receptions for 647 yards (16.2) and 14 TDs.
However, defensive lineman Brandon Watkins was a first-team pick, and fellow seniors in running back Kyle Gillispie, guard Robert Gray and defensive back Justin Young were second-team picks. And senior linebacker Devon Showers earned honorable mention status.
Gillispie rushed for 538 yards on 66 carries (8.2) and five scores.
The Tigers lost their two non-league games to start the campaign but compiled a 5-1 conference record, allowing 32 points in their victories while rattling off three consecutive shutouts.
They finished the regular season at 6-3, making their third consecutive postseason trip and seventh overall. However, Riverside lost to Green Bay Preble, 28-0, in the first round after reaching Level 4 in 2006.
Riverside must replace standout Shane Covington, who's taking his talents to Indiana. Also, defensive lineman Dan Maldonado is headed to D-II Michigan Tech and defensive lineman Steven Cook will play at Northern Michigan. Meanwhile, outside linebacker Shelby Hopgood is heading to D-III Lakeland College and wide receiver Anthony Burt will suit up at UW-Stout.
Cook was a first-team choice in the line along with Sam Keller, while Sam Overton made it at defensive back. The multitalented Covington made the second-team offense, as did Maldonado. Second-team defenders included utility performer Cameron Brown, who made it as an honorable mention returner, and punter Antonio Soto.
Johnson received Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state recognition and made the all-area first team after recording 67 total tackles and nine sacks. Overton, who's heading to Michigan Tech, joined Johnson on the all-area first-team defense after registering 81 total tackles and intercepting seven passes, returning two for scores.
Senior running back Ryan Givens and senior defensive end Oscar Johnson earned first-team all-league laurels and are expected back. Senior fullback Logan Wells was a second-team choice, while junior defensive tackle Jeremy Gordon received honorable mention status and will be counted on again.
Givens topped the Tigers with 592 yards rushing on 101 carries (5.9) and nine touchdowns and added 17 receptions for 237 yards (13.9), while Wells chipped in 356 yards on the ground.
Milwaukee Bay View/MCLL
The Redcats fought their way to a 4-2 mark in league play, clinching a playoff spot with a 34-22 victory at Vincent in the final regular-season game, which gave them a 5-4 overall mark.
Then they made their sixth straight postseason trip—Bay View made it six times before the co-op—but dropped their opener, 57-6, to eventual state titlist Hartland Arrowhead.
Bay View should challenge for a playoff berth again with a bevy of returning players.
Senior offensive tackle Tramell Williams and junior defensive tackle Ferrell McCord made the league's first team. Four seniors, running back Centrell Mintel, fullback Darryl Winn, tight end Kwame Bailey and center Jeffrey Hilliard, were second-team picks. Senior tackle Jimmy Watson, junior guard Devonte Bell and senior wide receiver Teon Banks made the honorable mention list.
Still, the Redcats must replace several topnotch performers.
Departed running back Lenier Johnson, who was named to the South squad for the WFCA All-Star game, was a second-team all-area choice and first-team all-leaguer after ripping through defenses for 1,610 yards on 184 carries (8.8) and 12 scores and catching 10 passes for 122 yards.
Offensive lineman Tim Leiser, an all-area honorable mention pick, is taking his services to NAIA school Culver-Stockton after earning first-team all-Richardson laurels. The Redcats must also replace first-team defensive utility player and second-team wide receiver Montrell Davidson, second-team linebacker Mickey Robinson and honorable mention picks in free safety Lamonte Currie and linebacker Leverl Johnson.
The Wildcats went 3-3 in league play and finished 4-5 overall, failing to qualify for the postseason for the second straight fall after making 10 consecutive appearances in D-1.
Running back Desmin Ward is headed to Division I-AA Eastern Illinois. Tyler Mitchell, a second-team linebacker and honorable mention running back, will play at UW-Oshkosh, while wide receiver Gary Kuehl heads to UW-Whitewater. Jeremy Staring is set to play at Wisconsin Lutheran.
Ward was a first-team all-leaguer and honorable mention all-area choice at linebacker and second-team all-Richardson choice as a ball toter. Kuehl also made the first team for his conference accomplishments on offense and was an honorable mention all-area pick. Senior second-team offensive lineman Sam Wojcinski also graduated.
Ward topped the team with 993 yards rushing on 185 attempts (5.4), scoring 10 times. Kuehl hauled in 33 passes for 751 yards (22.8) and five TDs.
They return senior first-team kicker Jason Baker, junior second-team wide receiver Anthony Brunette, senior second-team defensive back David Cieplewski, senior second-team defensive tackle Peter Townsel and senior second-team punter Anthony Solo.
Sophomore Bobby Cieplewski earned honorable mention honors at quarterback, senior Dan Staring did so at defensive back and senior Jorge Mora did the same at punter.
Bobby Cieplewski completed 47 of his 105 attempts (44.8 percent) for 730 yards and four TDs, although he tossed nine interceptions.
The Vikings lost all three nonconference matchups, two of them to Chicago teams, and finished the league schedule with a 2-4 mark. They missed the playoffs for a second time in a row after qualifying in 10 consecutive seasons and 12 of 13.
Vincent's depth and younger players will be tested because most of its all-league representatives have graduated.
The lone returnees are senior second-team defensive lineman Aaron Kelly and honorable mention linebacker Jordin Crawley.
Gone are first-team running back and second-team linebacker Marquise Evans, first-team center and second-team defensive lineman Greg Walker, second-team guard and honorable mention defensive end Darryl Dunson, second-team defensive back Dominique Blackman, honorable mention wide receiver and kick returner Justin Rogers and honorable mention quarterback Colton Tannhauser.
The Purgolders suffered a 1-5 league finish and went 2-6 overall in the regular season. Washington has made nine playoff appearances but none since 1999.
Junior center Daleon Jamison, senior guard Aaron Newton, senior linebacker Nick Hill, senior defensive tackle Larry Butler and senior defensive back Ben McClellan return after earning honorable mention status.
They must replace first-team halfback Joe Davis, second-team defensive end Eric Hair, and honorable mention picks in fullback John Nelson, defensive back Demetrius Smith and defensive end Fred Larry.
Davis churned for 1,246 yards and 15 touchdowns through seven games.
The Rams couldn't buy a victory, finishing 0-6 in league action and 0-9 overall and are still looking for the school's first postseason trip.
Pulaski was competitive much of the time, losing four times by eight points or less.
The Rams have a good building block in senior Rocky Al-Mutawa, who made the first team as a wide receiver and defensive back. He caught 32 passes for 505 yards (15.8) and eight scores through eight games.
Among those who graduated were honorable mention picks in running back Allen Morris and quarterback Tony Vossekuil. The latter completed 58 of 134 tosses (43.3 percent) for 872 with nine TDs and nine interceptions.