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Middleton football looking to repeat as Big Eight champs

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The Middleton football team enters the 2015 season with a target on their backs. The Cardinals are the defending Big Eight champions and, according to many, are the favorites to win the conference again.

Tim Simon's crew returns some key players from last year's 9-2 squad. Leading the offensive charge will be running back Cam Maly. The senior rushed for 1,143 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Brennan Schmitt is taking over at quarterback. He says the Cardinals are hoping to return to the playoffs for the 20th straight year. However, the first goal is to bring home a second consecutive conference crown.

"You obviously have to win the games first. Everyone wants to go to state, but, in our minds, the first thing we want to get done is winning conference."

The Cardinals will begin the defense of their league championship Friday at 7 p.m. at Janesville Parker.

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