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Prep Football Underway Across Wisconsin: Redbirds Set Sights on State Title

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DARLINGTON (WKOW) -

High school football is officially underway across Wisconsin. Monday marked the first day teams in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) could take the field to kick off their seasons.

In Division-6 the Redbirds of Darlington enter this season with a chip on their shoulder, coming off their third straight runner up finish in the state tournament from last season.

"This being a chance to get back to state again, and this time finally getting over the hump." Said Darlington head coach Scott Zywicki.

The Redbirds finished (13-1) overall in 2015. Their only loss came in the state title game in a 39-20 battle with Saint Mary Springs.

"It's a little weird because coming into last year it kind of felt like the senior year a little bit, but this year is kind of hitting hard, because this is the last go around. It's pretty big to us, this senior year." Said Darlington senior guard Jesse Sturtz.

One key component returning for the Redbirds this season is running back Hunter Johnson and his 2,100 plus yards and 45 touchdowns from last season.

"There is nobody to compare him to around here as far as size and speed." Said Zywicki.

Last week Johnson committed to the Badgers as a walk-on, despite other offers.

Johnson said, "this off season it was obvious that was where I needed to be at no matter what. I got an offer from Western Illinois a little bit after but, it didn't waiver what I was going to do. I was set on being a Badger."

Darlington will open their season on the road at Westby on August 19.

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