Check out the previews below of the top teams in the area and click here to see previews for more area teams. Below are video previews for NOW's preseason Top 5.
Some of the top talent in the area this season will be vying to make Franklin, Oak Creek, Greendale and Whitnall the teams to beat. Franklin and coach Jeff Klemp return 13 starters, including quarterback Lance Baretz (left). Oak Creek nearly upset eventual state champion Marquette in Level 2 and Greendale looks to be one of the top teams in the Woodland Black.
Many of the stalwarts are gone from last season's Falls team that advanced to the state-championship game. But returning NOW Coach of the Year John Baker and the rest of the Indians are eager to see what the many new faces on the sidelines will bring to the table this season.
Muskego ended last season with a 30-6 victory over Racine Case that curtailed a 14 game winless streak. The victory might not have appeared to mean much, but it could be a harbinger of things to come for the Warriors, who last season lost five games by seven points or less.
Greenfield, West Allis Central and West Allis Hale were on the outside looking in last season when postseason bids were passed out. Central, which finished 5-4, will count on team speed while Greenfield and Hale welcome new head coaches.
Brown Deer went 7-3 last year with a junior-dominated team, so the talented Falcons are looking to be even better this season and will return 17 letter-winners. Perennial power Homestead finished 10-1 and won another North Shore Conference title over the likes of Whitefish Bay, which is looking to improve on last year's 5-5 mark.
New Nicolet coach Brian Sommers is focusing on the positives as he attempts to build a winning tradition for the Knights, who are still dealing with the effects of the flooding from July's torrential rainstorms.
Brookfield Central and Brookfield East welcome new head coaches this season, although both faces will certainly be familiar to local football fans. Tom Swittel takes over at East after coaching at Tosa East for 23 years. Central's Jamie Meulemans has taught at the school for 10 years and coached a number of top area programs.
A scrimmage between Germantown and Brookfield Central, coached by former Warhawk running back Jamie Meulemans, highlighted some strengths Germantown can count on as it attempts to end a two-season playoff drought.
New Berlin Eisenhower has proven to be one of the most successful and consistent programs in area as the Lions have qualified for the postseason in 16 of the last 17 seasons. This year's crop of seniors is ready to step up and make it 17 of 18.(1)
New Berlin West coach Aaron Mack joins the Vikings after coaching tiny Iowa-Grant, so he's more than happy with the expanded options that come from having a larger roster of players as West looks to improve on last season's 5-5 mark.
Wauwatosa West coach Matt Good has his team on an upward trend and thinking about the playoffs. Across town at East, new Red Raider coach Jake Wolter is concentrating on rebuilding while the team attempts to end an 11-game losing streak.(3)