When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Jaskwhich Stadium
WILMOT — Soaked in sweat and still exhausted with his pads mostly removed, Wilmot senior lineman Wyatt Heckel wore a huge grin as the Bradford football players — many obviously larger than Heckel — walked behind him to the locker room.
On this Friday night, at least, Heckel and his undersized teammates would not be denied.
KENOSHA — Starting eight sophomores is never ideal for any high school football team.
That’s the situation that Bradford coach Matt Rizzo found himself in during his first season in 2013.
When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Frank Bucci Field
The buzz surrounding Kenosha’s pair of first-round picks showed no slgns of quieting down as Trae Waynes and Melvin Gordon arrived in their new professional homes following last week’s NFL draft.
Here’s what team personnel and draft analysts had to say:
Bradford products Trae Waynes and Melvin Gordon spent their first full day as members of the National Football League getting to know their respective teams.
A day after both were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in Chicago, each Kenoshan was introduced at a press conference in their respective cities.
It has been quite a run for Kenosha and the NFL Draft — and it may not be over.
Bradford products Trae Waynes (a Harborside Academy graduate) and Melvin Gordon were first round picks in the 80th annual draft Thursday in Chicago.
CHICAGO — On a 21st-floor suite at the Palmer House Hilton, high above the bustling streets of downtown Chicago just blocks from NFL draft headquarters at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Trae Waynes’ life was hours away from changing forever.
Family and friends were strewn about the room, various merchandise scattered across a table, and someone was taking requests for a McDonald’s run.
CHICAGO — Two close friends. Two close NFL draft picks.
With the National Football League Draft two days away, here is a look at where some mock drafts have Kenosha’s Trae Waynes and Melvin Gordon faring in the first round:
AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner has Waynes, a defensive back from Michigan State who played at Bradford and graduated from Harborside, going to the Vikings at No. 11.
The NFL scouting combine is a test of body and mind.
It is as much a physical showcase as it is a mental marathon and Kenosha native Melvin Gordon ran the gauntlet of tests at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last week.
Trae Waynes won $100,000 on Monday.
Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon was the center of attention at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.
Here is a look in photos at the former Wisconsin running back’s day with the media as he prepares for an NFL career.
Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime victory over Auburn on Thursday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
During and after his final game in a University of Wisconsin uniform, the Twitterverse was singing the praises of the fourth-year junior running back.
Kenoshan Melvin Gordon added Associated Press first-team All-American to his resume on Tuesday.
The Wisconsin running back garnered first-team honors following a weekend where he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who also made the first team.
Bradford graduate and University of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was named as a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday night.
And why not?
FRANKLIN — It could’ve turned out differently, but this is what happens when you don’t finish.
The underdog Bradford football team put up a gutsy effort in a WIAA Division-1 first-round playoff game at Franklin on Friday night, outgaining the Sabers 331-280 and pushing eight of its nine drives into enemy territory.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Franklin High School (8222 S. 51st St.)
Bradford football coach Matt Rizzo wasn’t doing what most high school football coaches are on the third Friday night of October.
In its storied history, the Tremper football program has won three WIAA state titles.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Jaskwhich Stadium
No, the high school football playoffs have not started a week early.
It will only seem that way when Bradford and Tremper close out the regular season with their 54th meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jaskwhich Stadium.
OAK CREEK — The mission is simple now for the Bradford football team.
Defeat Tremper in next week’s regular-season finale and secure a spot in the WIAA playoffs. Lose, however, and begin preparing for the 2015 season.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Oak Creek High School (340 E. Puetz Road)
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Tony Martin QB 5-10 150 So.
3 Romeo Sullivan RB 5-6 140 Jr.
4 Andrew Wittkowske WR 5-10 150 Jr.
7 Mitchell Capelli DB 5-9 160 Sr.
8 Dominique Glass LB 5-9 175 So.
9 Nate McDonald DB 5-11 170 Sr.
10 Marquon Williams WR 6-0 170 So.
11 Damian Allison LB 5-9 155 So.
12 Marquis Feldman RB 5-9 165 Sr.
14 Devonte’ Hale DB 6-1 170 Jr.
15 Mitchell Hoff QB 6-1 180 Sr.
16 John Ward WR 5-10 170 Sr.
17 Kyle Newman LB 5-9 185 Sr.
18 Jared Simenson WR 5-10 160 Jr.
19 Kyle Sinclair K-P 5-11 185 Sr.
20 TQ Washington RB 5-6 155 So.
21 Jake Kentala WR-DB 6-1 185 Sr.
22 Frank Lucchetta DB 6-1 185 Sr.
23 Austin Henningfield WR 6-0 175 Sr.
24 Ulises Jimenez RB 5-9 165 Sr.
25 Erick Doke III RB 6-1 185 So.
27 Tre’Mel Harris DB 5-8 145 So.
28 Trey Glass LB 5-10 185 So.
30 Niko DeLaCruz DB 5-9 145 Sr.
31 Nick Ward DB 5-8 160 Jr.
32 Marshaun Bell RB 6-1 210 So.
34 Noah Rosales DL 6-0 210 Jr.
35 Alex Weber WR 5-9 140 Jr.
39 Donnie Jackson LB 5-9 200 Sr.
40 Nathan Swartz LB 5-10 170 So.
42 Scottie Bobeck LB 5-11 195 Sr.
45 Tyler Schouten LB 5-11 185 Jr.
47 Vinny Hoff DL 6-2 195 Jr.
49 Alex Dages DL 6-0 205 Sr.
51 Josh Labbe OL 5-11 250 Sr.
52 Cory Llanas DL 5-8 170 Jr.
53 C.J. Scott DL 6-4 230 Sr.
55 Chris Considine DL 6-2 240 Jr.
59 Nik Vasquez DL 5-9 180 Jr.
60 Karson Koprovic OL 6-0 220 So.
62 Gavin Deboer DL 6-1 210 Jr.
63 J.J. Vega OL 6-2 235 Sr.
66 Mitch Schend OL 5-10 185 Sr.
67 Selman Aliji DL 6-3 300 Sr.
68 John Sykora OL 6-1 275 Jr.
69 Nick Kroes OL 6-0 270 Jr.
70 Trevor Wester OL 5-11 260 Sr.
71 Jake Moczarney OL 6-2 245 Jr.
73 Beau Cecchi OL 6-3 230 Jr.
75 Andrew Lyons OL 6-4 230 So.
76 Santino Avila DL 6-1 255 Jr.
77 Collin Aker OL 6-3 280 Sr.
80 Chase Petersen TE 6-3 190 Sr.
83 Kyle Smith TE 6-1 180 Jr.
84 Charlie Tilapa WR 5-10 160 Jr.
85 Isaiah Brewer WR 6-0 185 Sr.
Head coach — Matt Rizzo, third season
Assistant coaches — Mike Greinke, Scott Steger, Larry Kamin, John Choi, Brad Fortney, Bill Vassos, Jeremy Sowma, Aaron Williams, Karl Richter, Matt Chwala, Gaz Osmani, Cody Mathias, Brandon Mecozzi, Brice Slamann, Shawnelle Gross
(Home games at Jaskwhich Stadium)
Aug. 21 — Wilmot 21, Bradford 16
Aug. 28 — Bradford 26, Badger 25 (OT)
Sept. 4 — Oak Creek, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 — at Franklin, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 — Racine Horlick, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 — at Indian Trail, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 — Racine Park, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 — at Tremper, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 — Racine Case, 7 p.m.