Middleton’s football team has developed an intense, passionate rivalry with Verona in the short time they have been in the Big Eight Conference together. The Cardinals do not care for the Wildcats — and vice versa. Each team is motivated by the excitement of the rivalry that has built up over the years. Each year after the two teams play each other, they prepare for the match up for the following year. This high energy rivalry has become a perfect pick for the Great American Rivalry Series.


James Pabst


Aaron Ross Young


Aaron Young is a four-year letterwinner on the Verona varsity football team. As the starting quarterback, punter, and kicker, he represents everything Verona Football stands for. Aaron has shown incredible integrity, dedication and leadership as he has been named his team’s captain the past two years. As a member of the National Honors Society, a 4.0 GPA, along with great personal qualities, Aaron will be a great success in any field on endeavor.
James Frusciante


James is a three-year letterman on the varsity football team, and a two-year letterman on the varsity baseball team. He is currently a captain and also has carried a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, along with being a recipient of the AP scholar award. He has been engaged in Middleton’s youth sports teams, where he helps coach and develop the young players. Jimmy plans on pursuing a college degree in engineering.


R. Lowell Davis


Coach Davis has been a fixture at Verona Area High School both as a physical education teacher and as a football and wrestling coach since 1994. Coach Davis retired in 2016, after 23 years of teaching and coaching at Verona Area High School and has left a lasting legacy as a teacher and coach. His work in the weight room as a strength coach and outside the weight room as a running backs coach has been instrumental in helping Verona Wildcats’ football program become a local and state power winning nine conference championships in 17 years. Coach Davis also has coached 12 all-conference running backs in the past 17 years.
Bob Saffer


Bob was a defensive back, safety and half back for Middleton High School from 1954-1958. He played varsity football for three years, varsity baseball for four years and varsity basketball and track for two years. He has made a lasting imprint on Middleton High School sports and is an unforgettable athlete to Middleton.


Verona came out to defend their victory from last year, but fell short against Middleton, 21 - 10. Verona got off to a sluggish start, posting three total points in the first half. James Pabst, the MVP of the game, ran for three second-half touchdowns Friday night as the Middleton football team wore down host Verona in the second half to win in Big Eight Conference play.