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Player to watch:

Peter MacCudden.Already with two years of varsity contribution, the junior returns on both sides of the ball, where he figures to be a top ball carrier and versatile defensive presence at linebacker. He’s only 5-9, but he has an “it” factor that makes him one of the best players in the league.

Keep an eye on: Dain Hudson. Running back Jair Scott (conference-best 1,571 yards rushing) was a productive piece of last year’s offensive attack, and Hudson appears to be the guy who inherits the reins, though he’ll see some time as a slot receiver as well. In just 54 rushes last year, Hudson amassed eight touchdowns.

We say: No matter how tough the Classic 8 gets, it’s nearly impossible to envision a playoff layout that doesn’t involve West. Coming off back-to-back appearances in the state-title game, there’s a unique blend of abundant experience and the lingering hunger of coming back with only silver. CMH and Arrowhead tentatively have the inside track on a Classic 8 title, but that says nothing of West’s chances for a Division 2 crown, which remain strong indeed.

All-conference returnees

First team: None

Second team: None

Honorable mention: Kyle Gannon (C), Bryce Texieira (G), Peter MacCudden (DB), Michael Kresse (P)

First-team losses: Sam Heckel (T), Nick Daniels (WR), Jair Scott (RB), Zach Zimmer (TE), Conor Blount (QB), Sam Hietpas (LB), Tyler Remmers (DB),

Coach: Steve Rux

Glance back

Overall: 11-3

Conference: 5-2

Outcome: Lost in WIAA Division 2 championship game to Homestead, 28-12

Last year (home in bold)

Watertown W 42-13

Carmel Catholic (Ill.) W 28-7

Muskego W 28-21

Arrowhead L 35-7

Waukesha North W 23-0

Mukwonago W 42-28

Catholic Memorial L 34-20

Kettle Moraine W 30-14

Waukesha South W 47-6

Milwaukee Bay View W 79-0

Wilmot W 28-0

Waterford W 60-0

Badger W 28-14

Homestead L 28-12

Schedule

Aug. 19 Watertown

Aug. 26 Carmel Catholic (Ill.)

Sept. 2 Muskego

Sept. 9 Arrowhead

Sept. 16 Waukesha North

Sept. 23 Mukwonago

Sept. 30 Catholic Memorial

Oct. 7 Kettle Moraine

Oct. 14 Waukesha South

Oct. 7 Kettle Moraine

Oct. 14 Waukesha South

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