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Countdown to Kickoff: Edgar

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When Edgar football takes the field tomorrow night to host Rib Lake/Prentice, head coach Jerry Sinz will begin his 39th season leading the Wildcats.

"He's one of the most caring, humble people you'll ever meet," Edgar senior strong safety Travis Haansted said. "You can't ask for a better coach."

Sinz took over the Edgar football program in 1975. Since then, the Wildcats were crowned Marawood champions 19 times. The Wisconsin hall-of-fame coach has one explanation for his long tenure.

"I think it's the community, and all of the families," Sinz said. "I'm happy that we have players from the 80s and now their sons are playing. That makes it fun."

Sinz's current players were decades away from being born when he started coaching. But the seniors knew right away what makes Sinz legendary.

"He emphasizes doing the little things right, he's really not focused on one side of the ball," Edgar senior guard Zach Schneeberger said. "He wants to be great on every part of the game and I think that's what separates him from other coaches."

Sinz says he's just happy with the way things have gone.

"I haven't gotten real grief over the years from anybody," Sinz said. "If the players are happy to be here, then I'm happy too. I'm happy to have them."

Sinz will reach another milestone next week when he celebrates his 63rd birthday. For now, he'll focus on arguably a greater achievement -- bringing Edgar a state championship.

Said Sinz: "The kids are excited about trying to get back to Madison this year."

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