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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:05

Ozaukee football players repeat as state’s top dogs in lineman competition

Ozaukee football team’s beasts up front proved winning the King of the Trenches competition last year was no fluke.
The Warriors repeated as champions this year, edging Clinton.
The event, held in McFarland July 11, features 10 events for linemen that include lifting weights, pulling and flipping tires, pushing sleds and wheelbarrows and a tug of war.
20170717 181830 SUB 4COzaukee’s total score of 95 points beat Clinton’s 89 and those of eight other teams to bring home consecutive titles and the traveling trophy for another 365 days.
“It just really brings the guys together and just shows that all that hard work in the weight room really pays off,” coach Jim Lippe said.
“For a Division 6 school, we are really big and strong up front.”
While the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers often get the headlines and accolades, Lippe said “to have something for the offensive and defensive linemen to compete in is cool.
“It’s good for our program.”
The Warriors last year won the Big East Conference, sharing the title with Hilbert. The Warriors racked up more than 2,500 yards rushing, 542 tackles, 33 tackles for a loss and 28.5 sacks.
“We’re going to be big and strong up front. We’re really looking forward to the season,” Lippe said.
The Warriors won the junior varsity title as well, making for an optimistic future in blocking and tackling up front.
“We’re pretty fired up about that,” Lippe said.
The competition included 21 teams from 16 schools and more than 150 linemen.

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