Tremper at Milwaukee Pius XI
When: 7 tonight
Where: Wisconsin Lutheran College (8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee)
Series note: According to News records, this is the teams' first meeting in recent history.
Player to watch: Tremper junior Ryan McGonegle takes the controls at quarterback for the graduated Jayden Boero, who started the last two seasons. A three-sport athlete, McGonegle has the size at 6-foot-1 and a stable of talented receivers at his disposal to succeed. ... "I think he'll be cool, calm and collected," Tremper coach Jared McGranahan said of McGonegle's first varsity start. "As an athlete, he's as cool as the other side of the pillow. I really like him. I really believe in him. I think he's going to come out and play the game well. I'm looking forward to big things from him (tonight) and this season."
Key stat: In their four victories last season, the Trojans averaged 209.3 rushing yards. In their five losses, they averaged 64.2. Junior Xavier Goetzinger, Tremper's top returning rusher, was injured in last week's scrimmage, and McGranahan was unsure of the severity.
FYI: A member of the Woodland West Conference, Pius XI went 0-9 last season.