With new faces filling key positions, the season opener for Muskego was an opportunity for Ken Krause and his coaching staff to get a look at numerous different players.
The Warriors ran for 379 yards and held Racine Park to just 1 yard of total offense in a 48-0 rout of the overmatched Panthers on Aug. 19 at Horlick Stadium.
"It is a whole new group of kids," Krause said. "That was the first time for a lot of them starting under the lights on Friday night. I was very proud of how they responded."
A 14-yard touchdown run by Cody Krause and a 34-yard field goal by Lucas Amaya gave Muskego an early 9-0 lead. Justin Kotarak capped the first quarter for the Warriors with a 40-yard touchdown run.
Kotarak scored again to start the second quarter, while Cody Krause added two more touchdown runs to put Muskego in front, 37-0, at halftime.
Racine Park, which went 0-9 last season, was unable to generate much of anything against Muskego's defense, as the Warriors held the Panthers to negative-22 rushing yards and just one yard of total offense. Muskego had three interceptions and sacked Park quarterback Tyler Chiaravalloti six times.
"This defense has a chance to be the best defense I've had at Muskego," Krause said. "I really want to credit the defensive coaches. They just have really worked hard with the kids. To hold a high school team to one yard of total offense is almost unheard of. It was an outstanding game by the defense."
Muskego scored 10 points in the second half on a 51-yard touchdown run by Michael Madia and a 28-yard field goal by Tyler Hucksdorf.
Kotarak ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Madia carried the ball six times for 95 yards, Austin Kaltenbrun gained 71 yards on four carries and Krause finished with 50 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries.
"Our kids did an outstanding job of sharing the football," Krause said. "Our offense is about faking. It seemed like Park really wanted to stop our belly play and it opened up our belly sweep play. There were good fakes and blocking by the backs, good blocking by our offensive line and our quarterback (Frankie Cistaro) did a nice job of faking.
"When we can share the football, we're a really good offense. I thought we had good distribution between the backs."
Muskego will host Milwaukee Bradley Tech in its home opener and final non-conference game at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.
The Trojans opened their season with a 34-26 win in double overtime over Milwaukee South. Muskego defeated Bradley Tech, 74-8, in a nonconference game in 2015.
"We play in the best conference in the state for football," Krause said. "We need to focus on what we do. We have to get better at things that we do. We need to pay attention to detail better. There can't be a day we don't improve. It is just too good of a conference."