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Mike Thompson

Former Portage Warrior Mike Thompson was a junior defensive tackle for the 1993 University of Wisconsin football team that won the Big Ten Conference and the Rose Bowl.

The Badger North Conference, formed in 2001, is getting its first makeover with the addition of Beaver Dam this season. With that in mind, now is a pretty good time to brush up on the football history of the eight schools that now make up the league.

Recaps from last season, postseason records, trophy case contents, gridiron legends — it’s all here. And if you are the type of person that enjoys a traditional Wisconsin fish fry before kickoff on a Friday night, we’ve got you covered as well.

BARABOO

THUNDERBIRDS

Last season: The Thunderbirds finished 3-6, including 2-4 in the Badger North. Baraboo recorded a non-conference win over Oregon in Week 2, then improved to 2-3 on the season by notching a 42-10 win at Sauk Prairie at Week 5. The T-Birds lost their next three games before closing out the year with a 29-21 home win over Portage.

Playoff history: Baraboo’s last playoff appearance came in 2006, when the T-Birds went 6-3 during the regular season before suffering a 35-29 home loss to Milton in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs. Baraboo has made seven playoff appearances, but only have two postseason wins, the last being a 30-9 victory over La Crosse Logan in the 2005 Division 2 playoffs. The T-Birds went on to suffer a 41-10 loss at Chippewa Falls in the second round. Baraboo, which also won a first-round game in 1996, has never reached the third round.

Conference championships: Baraboo has yet to win a Badger North Conference title.

Famous football alumni: A 1972 graduate of Baraboo High School, Terry Stieve helped lead the Thunderbirds to back-to-back undefeated seasons on the football field before heading to the University of Wisconsin to play for the Badgers. After a strong collegiate career, the offensive guard was picked 160th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1976 NFL draft. Stieve played two years for the Saints, who traded him the St. Louis Cardinals. He started all but three games he played for St. Louis until retiring after the 1984 season. … Mike Reinfeldt, a 1971 Baraboo graduate, started 102 of the 104 NFL games he played in. The All-Pro safety started his career with the Oakland Raiders, playing two games in 1976 before he was waived. He was picked up by the Houston Oilers later that year and spent the rest of career in Houston, retiring in 1983. Reinfeldt finished with 26 career interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries, leading the NFL with 12 interceptions during a 1979 season in which he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year. Reinfeldt spent his post-playing career working in a variety of front offices, including serving as the general manager of the Tennessee Titans from 2007 through 2011. Reinfeldt was also a senior executive for the Green Bay Packers when they won the Super Bowl following the 1996 season.

Where they play: Baraboo is located 35 miles northwest of Madison and 10 miles south of Wisconsin Dells. The T-Birds play football at Beryl Newman Stadium, which is on the high school campus, just off of Draper Street. The 35-year-old stadium can hold more than 3,000 fans after a recent renovation, a two-phase process that was completed in 2015. The renovation included a number of improvements, including a new press box, a nine-lane track, a new ticket booth and entrance gate, an updated sound system, and a new set of bleachers on the west side of the field.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in Baraboo before the game? According to Yelp, which provides crowd-sourced reviews of restaurants and business, the best fish fry in the area can be found at The Barn Restaurant & Bar (S5566 Hwy 123). Other top-rated fish fries in Baraboo according to Yelp can be found at Quindt’s Towne Lounge & Eating House (441 South Blvd.), Fore Seasons Restaurant at the Baraboo Country Club (401 Mine Rd.), Baraboo Burger Company (116 4th Ave.) and Pumphouse Sports Bar & Grille (E11614 Tranquility Ln.).

BEAVER DAM

GOLDEN BEAVERS

Last season: The Golden Beavers were 3-6 and 2-5 in the now defunct Wisconsin Little Ten Conference. The season began with an impressive 35-6 win at Milwaukee Lutheran, but that was followed by an equally unimpressive 31-0 loss to Brookfield East in Week 2. Beaver Dam suffered a heartbreaking 24-21 overtime loss to West Bend East in Week 3, missing a short game-winning field goal attempt at the end of regulation. A 35-14 win over West Bend West in Week 6 evened the Beavers’ record at 3-3 and put them in position to make a push for a postseason berth, but the year ended with three straight losses.

Playoff history: Despite being one of the oldest programs in the state — football began at Beaver Dam in 1895 — the Golden Beavers don’t have a long history of playoff success: They have a 5-7 record in seven total appearances. Their last appearance was in 2010, when they lost in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs, and they also lost in the first round in D2 in 1997 and 2003. BD’s last win postseason win came in 1996; its greatest success came in 1979 when the Beavers won the Division 2 state championship, three years after the WIAA began sponsoring a postseason tournament. They made it to the D2 state semifinals three years later. In 1979, only four teams in each of four divisions qualified for the playoffs based on regular-season points criteria, and BD defeated La Crosse Central 10-7 in the semifinals before blanking Germantown 6-0 in the championship game. By 1982, the playoffs had expanded to five divisions with eight teams apiece, and BD won 14-0 over New London in the quarterfinals before bowing out with a 20-6 loss to Grafton in the semifinals. BD has 502 all-time wins — making the program one of only eight in the state’s 500-win club.

Conference championships: Beaver Dam has won 19 conference titles, but its last came in 1983.

Famous football alumni: R.J. Shelton, a 2013 BD graduate, is fighting for a job as a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings. Shelton signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent after a four-year career at Michigan State, where he had 116 catches for 1,471 yards in his college career. He scored a total of 16 touchdowns (11 receiving, four rushing and one kick return) in 52 games for the Spartans, including 23 starts. ... Bill Rentmeester, a 2004 BD grad who played fullback for the Badgers, had cups of coffee with the San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted in 2009. ... Doug Lloyd, a 1984 BD grad who played for BD during its heyday in the late 1970s and early ’80s, went on to play in college at North Dakota State and was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989. He had a short NFL career. ... BD alumnus Gilbert Sterr played for the Racine Tornadoes in 1926 when the Tornadoes were a member of the NFL. Sterr’s graduation year at Beaver Dam is unknown.

Hall of Famers: Two coaches with long ties to Beaver Dam and a third who spent a brief part of his career are enshrined in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Henry Derleth, who won four straight conference titles to cap a 15-year career at Beaver Dam from 1943-57, was part of the WFCA’s second Hall of Fame class in 1981. The athletic field at Beaver Dam High School is named for Derleth, who was also the school’s athletic director and coached basketball and track and field. Charlie McDonald won eight conference titles and amassed a 158-93-1 record from 1969-1996 and led the Beavers to their only state championship in 1979; he was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1998. Samuel De Merit, a 1984 Hall of Famer, coached at Beaver Dam in 1924-25 before a long career at Port Washington.

Where they play: Beaver Dam is located 40 northeast of Madison and 65 miles northwest of Milwaukee in a location where the cable and satellite companies carry both Madison and Milwaukee TV stations. The Golden Beavers’ home games are played at H.H. Derleth Athletic Field behind the high school, which is located at 500 Gould St. and can be seen from Highway 151. The high school is currently constructing a state-of-the-art field house near the football field as part of a $48.9 million referendum that passed last November to fund improvements to the school district’s facilities. The field house is expected to be finished early in 2018.

Friday night eats: According to Yelp, one of the best fish fries in the area can be found at The Char House Pub & Grill (400 S Center St). “This is one of the better restaurants in Beaver Dam. The vibe is sort of old school Wisconsin supper club,” one customer commented on Yelp. Other top-rated fish fries in Beaver Dam according to Yelp can be found at The Bell (W9735 County Road D) and Old Hickory (W7596 State Rd 33).

DEFOREST NORSKIES

Last season: The Norskies finished 4-6 overall and finished in fourth place in the Badger North with a 3-3 record in league play.

Playoff history: DeForest has reached the playoffs 27 times, including 11 straight seasons dating back to 2006. The Norskies, who are 27-26 all-time in postseason games, have captured one state title, winning the 1982 Division 4 crown over Oconto Falls (52-24). DeForest has finished runner-up twice, including 2007, when they lost 20-7 to Kimberly in the Division 2 championship game.

Conference championships: The Norskies have won three Badger North Conference titles, with their latest coming in 2014 as co-champs with Mount Horeb/Barneveld. DeForest also finished in a three-way tie with Waunakee and Reedsburg in 2009 and was Co-Badger Conference champs with Monroe in 1996. Before joining the Badger Conference, the Norskies won six Capitol Conference titles and three Madison Suburban Conference titles.

Famous football alumni: 1991 graduate Chad Yocum was a member of the 1993 University of Wisconsin football team that went on to win the Big Ten Conference and the Rose Bowl. While Yocum missed a majority of the 1993 and 1994 seasons due to a back injury, he started six games in 1995. During his first two years with the Badgers, Yocum shined at defensive end and linebacker. Yocum earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and helped the Badgers upset No. 12 Ohio State with a three-sack game.

Hall of Famers: Woodro Stalder was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1981 after a 27-year career as DeForest’s head coach. “Dutch” was instrumental in starting the Norskies program, overseeing the first six-man football team in 1938 before helping make the transition to 11-man in 1949. Stalder amassed a record of 170-58-7 and his teams captured 10 conference championships, including six undefeated titles. … Former DeForest head coach Jerry Roelke, who amassed a record of 186-118-1 as head coach from 1968-99, was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 2001. He led DeForest to its lone state title in 1982, as well as two runner-up finishes (1980, 1981) and two state semifinal appearances (1983, 1984).

Where they play: DeForest is located 16 miles north of Madison. The Norskies play at DMB Community Bank Field, which is located on the south side of DeForest Area High School, off Jefferson Street.

A golden anniversary: The 2017 season will have a special feel to it for the Norskies as Roelke will be celebrating his 50th consecutive year coaching at DeForest. He has a volunteer coach since turning over the reins to Mike Minick after the 1999 season. The Norskies will honor Roelke during a halftime ceremony at this year’s season opener.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in DeForest before the game? According to Yelp, the best fish fry in DeForest can be found at BB Jack’s (300 E. Holum St.). Other top-rated fish fries near DeForest according to Yelp can be found at The Rodeside Grill (6317 Rostad Cir., Windsor) and the Norske Nook Restaurant & Bakery (100 E. Holum St).

MOUNT HOREB/BARNEVELD VIKINGS

Last season: The Vikings went 8-2 overall, finishing second in the Badger North behind Waunakee at 5-1.

Playoff history: Mount Horeb/Barneveld has reached the postseason 13 times in its program’s history, including each of the past 10 years. The Vikings, who are 14-13 all-time in postseason games, have reached the at least the quarterfinals in five out of the last six years. MHB made its deepest playoff run in 2012, when the Vikings lost to eventual state champion Waukesha Catholic Memorial 35-7 in a Division 3 state semifinal.

Conference championships: Mount Horeb/Barneveld has won a pair of Badger North Conference titles, including a share of the 2014 title with DeForest. The Vikings were also Badger North champs in 2002 and have one Capitol Conference crown and five Southern 8 Conference titles to their credit.

Famous football alumni: Former Viking Pete Nowka played safety for the University of Wisconsin football team from 1985 to 1988. Nowka, who played alongside current Badgers head coach Paul Chryst, endured through one of the Badgers’ most trying times, including the death of coach Dave McClain and the first two years of the woeful Don Morton era. Nowka shined for the Badgers, where he was a four-year starter at safety. After graduating from Wisconsin, Nowka went on to play briefly in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts. Nowka’s nephew, Ryan Kleppe, is the Vikings’ current head coach.

Hall of Famers: Bob Larsen, who was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1982, was the head coach at Mount Horeb from 1959 to 1961. Along with his time with the Vikings, Larsen coached at Barneveld (1956-57), Kendall (1958-1959) and Hartford (1962-1976). In his 21 years of coaching, Larsen compiled a record of 99-54-3, including seven conference championships and four undefeated seasons.

Where they play: Mount Horeb is located 20 miles west of Madison. The Vikings play on the field located on the east side of Mt. Horeb High School, off of East Garfield Street. Prior to 2000, the Vikings played on the current varsity soccer field until the community passed a referendum to renovate the school’s athletic complex.

Strong second season: While 2017 was coach Ryan Kleppe’s first year in charge of the Vikings, you probably wouldn’t have guessed it. The former Mount Horeb/Barneveld and UW-Whitewater standout shined in his first year as the main man on the sidelines, leading the Vikings to a second-place finish in the Badger North. With a lot of key returnees back in 2017, Kleppe will have the Vikings aiming for a strong second season under his command, hopefully one that rivals Kleppe’s senior year in which MHB won the Badger North and were ranked No. 1 in the state during an undefeated regular season.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in Mt. Horeb before the game? According to Yelp, the best fish fry in Mount Horeb can be found at Grumpy Troll Pub & Brewery (105 S. 2nd St.). Other top-rated fish fries in or near Mount Horeb can be found at the Hooterville Inn (10992 Division St., Blue Mounds), Marcine’s (8646 Davis St., Mount Vernon) and Spring Garden Restaurant (520 Springdale St., Mount Horeb).

PORTAGE WARRIORS

Last season: The Warriors were just 1-8, picking up their only win with a 27-24 victory over Madison Edgewood in Week 2.

Playoff history: Portage’s last playoff appearance came in 2007, and its last playoff victory was a Level One win back in 2004. The Warriors, who are 8-8 all-time in postseason games, made their deepest playoff run in 1997, when they lost 27-23 to Germantown in the Division 2 state semifinals. That year, Portage opened the playoffs with a 36-0 win over Beaver Dam.

Conference championships: Portage has never won a conference championship since joining the Badger North in 2001. The Warriors’ last title came in 1999, when they tied with Nekoosa for the South Central Conference championship.

Famous football alumni: Former Portage Warrior Mike Thompson was a junior defensive tackle for the 1993 University of Wisconsin football team that went on to win the Big Ten Conference and the Rose Bowl. Thompson, who was a member of Barry Alvarez’s first recruiting class at the UW, started every game in his time with the program. He still ranks third all-time in program history with 28 career sacks. Thompson was picked in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played a combined 34 games over six seasons for the Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-99) and the Cleveland Browns (2000-01).

Hall of Famers: John Barth, who was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1983, was the head coach at Portage from 1941 to 1947, when his teams went 33-8 and won two conference championships. … Portage alumnus Harold Rebholz was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1994. After a successful athletic career at Portage, which saw him win 10 varsity letters, Rebholz went on to play football at the University of Wisconsin from 1927-1929. The 1928 team went 7-1-1 and defeated Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame in the same year. Famed University of Minnesota and Chicago Bears fullback Bronko Nagurski called Rebholz the greatest defensive player he had ever faced in college. Rebholz was named Wisconsin’s MVP in 1929, and went on to play professional football in 1930 with the Oshkosh entry against the Green Bay Packers.

Where they play: Portage is located 40 miles north of Madison. The Warriors play football at Bob Mael Field, which is located south of the high school next to Wayne E. Bartels Middle School, off of East Slifer Street. The field is named after the former Portage mayor and businessman who donated $100,000 to the building of the school’s athletic complex. The first game at the field was held on Sept. 5, 1992, against Tomahawk. Prior to that, Portage played its home games at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on the south side of Portage.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in Portage before the game? According to Yelp, the best fish fry in Portage can be found at Jack’s Tap (1207 Dunn St.). Other top-rated fish fries in Portage according to Yelp can be found at the B&B Hitching Post (2503 W. Wisconsin St.), Suzy’s Steak & Seafood House (2711 County CX), Pohlk’s Pub (316 W. DeWitt St.), Dino’s Restaurant (2900 New Pinery Rd.) and The Ball Room (112 E. Cook St.).

REEDSBURG BEAVERS

Last season: The Beavers went 4-6, picking up wins over Portage, DeForest, Sauk Prairie and Baraboo. Reedsburg traveled to Monroe for the first round of playoffs and fell 21-0.

Playoff history: Reedsburg has made 17 playoff appearances, including each of the past five years, and is 21-16 overall in the postseason. After finishing as the Division 3 state runner-up in 2008, the Beavers won the Division 3 championship in 2009. Reedsburg won the Badger North title in 2013 before advancing to the state semifinals the following two seasons.

Conference championships: The Beavers have two Badger North crowns to their credit, winning the championship outright with an undefeated conference season in 2013 and sharing the title with DeForest and Waunakee in 2009.

Famous football alumni: Reedsburg’s John Harrington went to college in Marquette before playing professional football as a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns in 1946 and the Chicago Rockets in 1947.

Hall of Famers: Howard Stiehm, who was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1980, was an assistant football coach at Reedsburg High School from 1939-1940. He went on to become head coach at Marinette and D.C. Everest and finished his 26-year career as head coach with a record of 165-39-4. …George “Nick” Holmes, who was inducted in 1995, coached at Reedsburg starting in 1952 and ended his 13-year career there with a record of 82-22, helming five South Central Conference champions. … Jerry Griffin, inducted in 2007, became the head coach at Reedsburg in 1983, where he was part of five conference championships and 10 playoff appearances.

Where they play: Reedsburg is located 17 miles northwest of Baraboo. The Beavers play at Millennium Field, which was funded through a $1 million gift from Bill and Nancy Christie Goessel, and was dedicated on Sept. 1, 2000. Before Millennium Field was constructed, football was played at Webb Middle School.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in Reedsburg before the game? According to Yelp, the best fish fry in Reedsburg can be found at The Corner Pub (100 E. Main St). Other top-rated fish fries in the area according to Yelp can be found at Donnie’s Restaurant (1020 E. Main St) and J’s Pub & Grill (280 Viking Dr.).

SAUK PRAIRIE EAGLES

Last season: The Eagles finished just 1-8 in 2016, opening the season 0-7 before recording a 19-14 win at Portage in their second-to-last game.

Playoff history: Sauk Prairie’s last postseason appearance came in 2007, when they went 5-4 in the regular season before suffering a 34-7 loss at Kewaskum in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs. The Eagles, who have made the playoffs seven times, are just 3-7 all-time in postseason games. Sauk Prairie’s last playoff win was a 21-20 Division 2 victory over Marshfield in 2005. The Eagles have never reached the third round of the playoffs, also falling in the second round in 2002 and 2003.

Conference championships: Sauk Prairie won one Badger Conference championship, sharing the title with Monona Grove in 1981.

Famous football alumni: A trio of Sauk Prairie alums have played in the NFL: Paul Gruber, Greg Jensen and Scott Schutt. Gruber was a tight end at Sauk Prairie before heading to the University of Wisconsin and converting to the offensive line. Gruber became a team MVP, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and an All-American as a Wisconsin senior in 1987. That led Gruber to be selected fourth overall by Tampa Bay in the 1988 NFL draft. He spent 12 seasons with the Buccaneers, starting 183 games and earning three All-Pro selections prior to retiring in 2000. … A 1980 Sauk Prairie graduate, Jensen played one game at center for the Green Bay Packers in 1987. Jensen served as a replacement player while the regular NFL players were on strike. … Schutt also served as a replacement player in 1987, recording one sack and one safety while playing three games at linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. Schutt, a 1982 Sauk Prairie graduate who played collegiately at North Dakota State, went on to coach the Sauk Prairie football team from 2004-2009.

Hall of Famers: Gruber has been honored at the collegiate and professional level. He was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, while becoming the fourth member of Tampa Bay’s Ring of Honor when he was added in 2012. … Gene Schutt was inducted to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame in 1996. Schutt came to Sauk City in 1957 to teach physical education and coach football, basketball and baseball, and was there when Sauk City became Sauk Prairie and joined the South Central Conference in 1964. He was the defensive coordinator for the football team through 1983, including assisting on undefeated teams in 1969 and 1975. Schutt also served as Sauk Prairie’s athletic director from the late 1970s until 1991.

Where they play: Sauk Prairie High School, which serves the Prairie du Sac and Sauk City communities, is located in Prairie du Sac, about 20 miles northwest of Madison. The Eagles play football at Stadium Field, which is located on the high school campus, just off of Grand Avenue.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in Prairie du Sac or Sauk City before the game? According to Yelp, the best fish fry in the area can be found at the Eagle Inn (655 Water St., Prairie du Sac). Other top-rated fish fries in the area according to Yelp can be found at the Dorf Haus Supper Club (8931 County Rd. Y, Sauk City), Blue Spoon Café (550 Water St., Prairie du Sac), Green Acres (7439 State Rd. 78, Sauk City), Riviera Bowl & Pizzeria (51 Polk St., Sauk City) and Roxbury Tavern (8901 County Rd. Y, Sauk City).

WAUNAKEE WARRIORS

Last season: The Warriors finished the season at 10-1 overall, including a perfect 6-0 in Badger North Conference play.

Playoff history: Waunakee has reached the postseason in 21 straight seasons, capturing five WIAA state titles, including three straight from 2009-2011. The Warriors, who are 64-17 all-time in postseason games, won their first title in Division 3 in 1999 before adding a second in 2002. Waunakee then won three in a row in Division 2 from 2009-11, in which the Warriors went 41-1. In last year’s postseason, the Warriors knocked off rival DeForest (42-7) before falling to Monona Grove (45-20).

Conference championships: Waunakee has won 13 Badger North Conference championships, failing to win the league crown only three times since its inception in 2001. The Warriors own a slew of other league crowns, including three in the Badger Conference and seven in the Capitol Conference.

Famous football alumni: Former star running back Leo Musso was a free safety for the University of Wisconsin football team from 2012-2016. Musso, who redshirted his freshman season, was a two-star recruit out of high school but ended up being a regular fixture in the Badgers’ defensive backfield over his career. Musso played in 52 games for the Badgers and started all 14 his senior season in which he posted a team-high five interceptions, recorded 74 total tackles, including three for loss. He finished his career with eight interceptions, two pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and 108 total tackles, including 66 solo stops and four TFLs.

Hall of Famers: Dick Trotta, who was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1982, was the head coach at Waunakee from 1953 to 1964. In that time, the Warriors went 73-17-4, captured six undefeated conference titles and put together a 43-game winning streak. … Former Waunakee coach Gayle Quinn was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 1996. Quinn led Waunakee from 1965 to 1991, going 203-81-3 with three undefeated seasons and 15 conference titles. … Former assistant coach Steve Ryan was inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 2009. Ryan started and coaching career at Waunakee in 1980 under Quinn and continued to work with the defense under Pat Rice, who succeeded Quinn, until 2007. During his 28 years, the Warriors captured 10 conference titles, two state titles (1999 & 2001) and finished runner-up twice (2001 & 2005). … Current Waunakee head coach Pat Rice is the Warriors’ most recent inductee, going into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 2014. Rice started coaching at Waunakee in 1988 as defensive coordinator and succeeded Quinn as head coach four years later. In his 25 years at the helm, Rice has compiled a record of 255-35 (.879 winning percentage) and won five state championships (1999, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011) and finished runner-up three times (2001, 2005, 2012). From 2009-2012, the Warriors won 48 straight games, then a state record.

Where they play: Waunakee is located 13 miles north of Madison. The Warriors play at Warrior Field, which is located on the south side of Waunakee High School off South Century Avenue.

Like father, like son: Helping to lead the Warriors’ charge this year is senior running back Javian Dayne. The name should sound familiar, as the 6-foot, 230 pounder is son of former Wisconsin Badger and 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. Just like his father, Javian has carved up opposing defenses, rushing for 2,006 yards and 23 touchdowns in 14 career games. Last year, Dayne rushed for 1,584 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 158.4 yards per game and an impressive 7 yards per carry.

Friday night eats: Looking for a fish fry in Waunakee before the game? According to Yelp, the best fish fry in Waunakee can be found at The Lone Girl Brewing Company (114 E. Main St.). Other top-rated fish fries in Waunakee according to Yelp can be found at Rex’s Innkeeper (301 N. Century Ave.) and Lucky’s Bar & Grille (1008 Quinn Dr.).

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