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With 14 returning starters and chip on their shoulder, Whitewater returns as favorite to win WIAC title

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WHITEWATER, Wis. (WKOW) --- In 9 days, the stands at Perkins Stadium will be filled to the brim as the Warhawks kick off their 2016 season but for the players and coaches, the grind began months ago. 

"When we walked into our first meeting this year, team meeting, we talk about one goal and our one goal at a team is to win the WIAC conference championship, "says head coach Kevin Bullis, "and that by no means is an easy task."

However, the Warhawks generally make it look easy, winning nine of the last eleven WIAC titles and six of the past nine Division III national championships.
Yet, they failed to reach either of those goals last season, finishing a game behind conference foe UW-Oshkosh then later falling in the national semifinals to Mount Union. 
"We were really disappointed about last year but that's in the past, "says senior defensive lineman John Flood. "We learned from our mistakes last year and we're looking to get better this year so we're focused on this year at this point."

"You know the way we finished last season wasn't obviously ideal for us, "added offensive lineman and fellow senior Austin Jones, "So it's kinda something that's in the back of our head and something that at least I use to motivate myself everyday."

Entering his second season at the helm of the Warhawks program, Bullis has noticed some pep in his players steps this fall. 
"I feel like we've got our energy levels been better, more consistent, our focus on the details has been more detailed and we're seeing better production in that matter."

"The competition is always there. You know there's even times when the coaches are like, okay wow, it's getting really competitive, " said Jones, a Madison Memorial grad, "Sometimes it can be a little too much but I think that's perfect for us."

Whitewater enters the 2016 season on a 24 home game winning streak and will look to make it 25 on September 3 when they host The College of New Jersey.


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