Black Hawk High School in South Wayne, WI is the defending Division 7 state champions, and they look to defend their title with the help of players from Warren High School (IL ) in the program’s first ever football co-op.
Black Hawk High School’s enrollment hovers around 100 students in grades 9-12. On the football field, with the addition of players from Warren, the Warriors have an additional 20-25 players on their roster.
“A significant difference,” said Black Hawk head coach Cory Milz entering his 18th season as the head coach. “Not only what you can do practice wise, but it’s so important I think in high school football to maintain two to three levels of play if you can.”
The Warriors completed last season’s championship run with a 13-0 record. The players from Warren learned at the end of last season that if they wanted to play football this year, they would have to cross the state line and play for Black Hawk.
“It’s a little nervous because we know the expectations we have to live up to and excited to get to play with these guys,” said Ethan Williams, a senior quarterback from Warren.
The players have spent the summer building chemistry with each other, that now needs to apply on the field.
“It’s been a really fun summer,” said Cayden Milz, a senior safety from Black Hawk. “I’ve been hanging out with them for a really long time now and some of those guys are my best friends and that’s a big part of team success I think.”
Black Hawk will open their season at Fennimore on August 23 at 7 p.m.