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Ashwaubenon preparing as if season will start on time

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Ashwaubenon is hoping to build on last year's 7-3 season.. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Ashwaubenon opened the 2019 football season with seven straight wins before ending the season on a three-game losing streak.

That ending has somewhat been forgotten due to the attention COVID-19 has demanded. But with the football season hopefully nearing -- the first practice is Aug. 4 -- the Jaguars are back working out again and looking to build on last year's season.

Second-year coach Brian Ryczkowski has been overseeing workouts of his players and said after not being able to interact with the team because of the virus, it's good to be back.

"It's good to see the kids; you feel for them," Ryczkowski said. "Probably some uncertainty in their minds. I've been preparing like we're going to have a great summer program and a great football season. So that's the main thing, keeping it positive."

Senior running back Connor Ramage said everything is positive about working out again with teammates.

"It's really nice because we haven't seen each other for a while," he said. "It's great getting back on the grind with teammates. It's really weird with all the stuff we have to go through.

"I'm having a lot of fun. I missed it a lot, so finally being able to work out with your team feels great and I don't think it's ever going to get old."

Ashwaubenon opens its season Aug. 21 with a non-conference game against Kaukauna. At least the Jaguars hope that's the start as there hasn't been no confirmation the season will start on time.

COVID-19 has not gone away and that's why no decision has been made.

"It's a little unsettling, but you deal with it, you work around it," Ryczkowski said. "Uncertain times for a lot of people.

"You just go with the flow. If they say this is the rule, you have to wipe off footballs or you have to have this restriction at practice then you do what you're told, because this is a great game and we're so fortunate to have an opportunity to play it, so we're going to make it work. We're going to do whatever they tell us to do."

Senior lineman Hunter Hucek isn't worrying about a decision, he's just preparing.

"I'm not worried about that, it's out of my hands," he said. "I'm not the one making decisions. I've just got to prepare as if it was happening, prepare as if it was last season and we know we're going to play.

"You just have to have that mindset."

During this time of uncertainty, being prepared is a good idea.

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