The chin straps are snapped, the spikes are laced up and the two-a-days are in full swing. That’s right, it’s that time of year — FOOTBALL!!

Two area teams, Marshall and Waterloo, already have a week’s worth of practice as they gear up for the season opener on Friday, Aug. 23.

Marshall is looking to return to the WIAA playoffs for the second year in a row and 25th time in program history. The Cardinals qualified for the Division 5 playoffs a year ago after finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the Capitol South Conference with Belleville and New Glarus/Monticello.

Matt Kleinheinz leads the Cardinals into 2019, his 16th season.

Marshall opens with a non-conference game at Palmyra-Eagle on Aug. 23, before playing its home opener on Thursday, Aug. 29 against Racine St. Catherine’s.

The Cardinals begin Capitol South play on Sept. 20 hosting New Glarus/Monticello.

Waterloo begins its 2019 season with a new head coach, Dave Frisell. Frisell will try to bring the program back to the postseason after going in 2014-16.

The Pirates are coming off a winless 2018, so there’s nowhere to go but up. They open the season at home hosting Poynette on Aug. 23.

Waterloo begins CSC play on Sept. 20 at Belleville.

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