SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -

"It's a long journey here and we are just excited to get this thing started," said Sun Prairie head coach Brian Kaminski who enters his 11th season as the schools head football coach.

The first Tuesday in August means one thing in the state of Wisconsin- the start of the high school football season.

"I am just ready. Last year I felt like we were so close, we were very close and we have no excuses so I am just ready," said senior Sun Prairie defensive lineman Craig Evans, who is also a UW football recruit.

Sun Prairie's only loss last year came in the Division 1 state final to a very talent Hartland Arrowhead team.

"We tell our kids last year doesn't mean anything. Now its up to this senior group to lead us as far as they can and take us to the next step and win those four quarters," said Kaminski.

"We know we can get back there. We know how it feels to be there being there. Last year will really help us out a lot in pressure situations this year," said senior Sun Prairie quarterback Ryan Curran.

The high school football season goes back to a nine- game schedule this year and teams will play two games before school starts, but that is OK with these Cardinals.

"I personally love it don't have to worry about school.  I love having two games before the year and I am really excited for game one," said Curran. 

"I like summer games and I like getting the ninth game back, especially because the more games we can play the more memories in our high school careers the better," said senior wide receiver Michael Marchese.

"We are back to nine games, which is not a lot and other sports get to play 30 some games but we are stuck at nine and if you want to get that 10th game, you have to have a great regular season," said Kaminski.