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State line separates defending D7 state champion Black Hawk-Warren (IL) during pandemic

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High school football continues to have uncertainty across the country. In Wisconsin the two time defending Divison-7 state champion Black Hawk Warriors will have to play without their Illinois based co-op, Warren High School this fall.

Just 10 miles separates South Wayne, WI, home of Black Hawk High School and Warren, IL.

Last season Black Hawk and Warren formed a co-op for football, went 14-0 and won a WIAA Division-7 state title. The second in a row for Black Hawk.

"There is such a great culture built down here. You can feel the pressure, but I wasn't expecting all of the extra curveballs," said Desmond Breadon the new head coach of the program.

Breadon was an assistant for the Warriors that last two seasons under Cory Milz.

Desmond Breadon - Black Hawk head coach

"We can't get anything else thrown at us and everyday something different is," said Breadon.

This past week the Governor's Office of Illinois informed the Warren players they wouldn't be able to play football in Wisconsin this fall.

That is roughly 20 players that won't be on the Warriors' roster this season if Black Hawk plays in the fall.

Black Hawk-Warren wins 2019 WIAA D7 state title

"All of the sudden with a snap of a finger you lose 17 guys. That's pretty huge," said Breadon.

"We went from last year having 17 seniors, right now we're looking at having four to five."

The players from Warren have the possibility of playing eight man football in the spring in Illinois.

As of now, Black Hawk is scheduled to play football this fall in Wisconsin. If they decide to play in the spring, there is the possibility for the Warren players to return to Wisconsin to play with Black Hawk.

"Those guys love playing together. They fed off each other and developed such great bonds," said Breadon. "Some of those guys know that would be a great option."

The Black Hawk football program has won 27 straight games, and two consecutive Division-7 state championships.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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