Prairie du Chien football went undefeated in conference play last year to grab a title, but the players say they "choked a little bit" in the early rounds of the playoffs, and they want to exceed expectations this year.
Former Viroqua running back Truck Hannah has arrived in town and will bring his toughness to linebacker and running back.
Dylan Coleman has manned safety the last few years, but he will now slide in at quarterback to replace three-year starter Gavin Gillitzer.
Beyond those new faces, PDC literally has some big shoes to fill.
"The place we're lacking the most experience night now is probably our offensive line," linebacker and wide receiver Ben Riter said. "I think we had five offensive linemen leave that were seniors last year."
"We've got some strong guys, but we're not very big," tight end and linebacker Connor Smith said of the team in general. "Our style really is just quick and get to the ball, make gang tackles and then score a lot on offense."
The Blackhawks are ready for some fresh faces in the SWC this season, as the WIAA gets ready to cement football-only conferences in 2020. The team is excited to take on some Coulee talent.
"You bring in teams like Westby and Viroqua and Arcadia, and there's some storied tradition there," head coach Cory Koenig said. "So no letdowns, no gimmies coming into conference [this year]."
PdC will take on Aquinas at noon Saturday.
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