GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay Southwest has developed into a mainstay in the football playoffs, having qualified eight of the last nine seasons.
Despite that consistency, Southwest is not viewed as a contender in the Fox River Classic Conference this season. Bay Port, Green Bay Preble and Pulaski have assumed the role as favorites, but the Trojans aren't going out without a battle.
With star running back Joshua Komis back for another season, he gives Southwest a chance to compete. Komis had 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
"I think it's winnable for us," Komis said of winning the conference. "We always know there are going to be really good teams out there; we're going to have to put up our best fight against most of the teams in the conference since the conference is so good. But I definitely think it's winnable for us."
Trojans co-head coach Pat Wallace said having Komis back is a good start to the season.
"Starts and stops with him," Wallace said. "When you have a four-year returning back; he's had 1,200 yards, I think, for two straight years. Everyone knows in the conference we're going to go to him first. It's a matter if we can hit plays off of it."
Southwest will be tested early with a game Aug. 17 against Pulaski. Wallace said there is "never a good time to face Pulaski" since it runs the single wing offense, but it will be an early tell where Southwest is.
Where Southwest wants to go is the playoffs again, but get past Level 2.
"Love to get back to where we were last year and hope to go farther," Komis said.
"Minimum expectations for us is playoffs," Wallace said. "We always talk to our kids. We got to get some young guys caught up, but our veterans always shoot for playoffs first, conference second and then make a run."
SOUTHWEST 2017 SCHEDULE
Aug. 17 at Pulaski
Aug. 24 De Pere
Aug. 31 Green Bay Preble
Sept. 8 at Manitowoc
Sept. 15 Ashwaubenon
Sept. 22 Sheboygan South
Sept. 29 at Bay Port
Oct. 6. at Notre Dame
Oct. 13 Sheboygan North
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