The 2018 season was a bit of a breakthrough for the Chilton Tiger football team. A second straight playoff appearance resulted in their first playoff victory since 2006, a dramatic 18-14 Level 1 win over Denmark where Ryan Broeckel intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the game.
The Tigers lose some key seniors, but coach Arendt feels optimistic that his Tigers can make a third consecutive appearance in the post season.
Here is the Chilton football preview:

Head Coach: Mike Arendt (6th Season)
Career Record: 20-28
2018 Record: 7-4 overall; 4-3 conference (tied for 3rd place)
Playoff Appearances: 13
Playoff Record: 6-13

2018 TIGERS: After opening the conference season with two close losses to playoff teams Kiel and New Holstein, Chilton bounced back with a four-game winning streak that began with a huge road win at Sheboygan Falls. A win over Manitowoc Roncalli clinched a playoff berth which resulted in the aforementioned Level 1 win over Denmark before a Level 2 defeat at Little Chute.
Chilton loses 12 seniors including First Team All-EWC quarterback Jake Criter and First Team lineman Gavin Stiefvater. Also gone are Second Team wide receiver Sean Meyer, honorable mention lineman Troy Fesing, Ben Mueller, a top receiver, and leading rusher Auggy Diaz.

2019 TIGERS: Heading a list of 20 returning lettermen is Markus Suttner, 2018 co-Defensive Player of the Year at linebacker and a player getting many looks from college scouts. Helping anchor what should be a solid Tiger defense is Second Team All-EWC back Kaiden Mikalowsky and honorable mention linebacker Devin Aull. Broeckel joins Mikalowsky in a talented defensive backfield and as a tight end.
Tyler Meyer, who saw some snaps at quarterback a year ago, appears to be the main QB this fall. Gaven Lisowe, honorable mention split end, will be a main target.
Others returning include Liam Higgins (line), Evan Schmitz (end/defensive back), Patrick Calnin (back/linebacker), Camden Bowe (end/defensive back), Trent Breckheimer (back), Maverik Ott (back), Cayden Popp (back), Ben Savage (line), Bryce Wurm (line), Jon Karls (end/back), Jacob Leitner (line), Fred Lamers (line), Caleb Bertotto (back) and Connor Rowland (line).
Although there is some inexperience on the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers have depth this season with a total roster of 50 players, one of the larger rosters in the conference.
Chilton needs to survive a grueling early season part of the schedule to set themselves up for a favorable end of the season surge. The Tigers have two games on synthetic turf this year and the advantage is that they are in consecutive weeks- September 20 at Kiel and September 27 at Manitowoc Roncalli (Municipal Field).

LOOKING AT THE EWC: Sheboygan Falls string of three straight EWC titles ended last season as Kiel went 7-0 to win it all. The Falcons had gone 21-0 in that streak.
Defending champ Kiel boasts a veteran squad and a newly renovated facility and are a solid favorite to repeat with Falls, New Holstein, Chilton and Two Rivers as strong playoff contenders. Valders was hit hard by graduation and is in a major rebuilding season. Brillion and Roncalli have some depth issues as well.