After four-straight playoff appearances, a young Janesville squad failed to qualify for post-season play in 2016. Inexperience shouldn't be a problem for the Wildcats this year. They lost only one starter to graduation.

2017 SEASON PROSPECTUS: JANESVILLE WILDCATS

2016 RECORD: 3-6 Overall / 2-4 District
2016 PLAYOFFS: Did Not Qualify

HEAD COACH: Dale Eastman
School Record (Years): 37-13 (5)
Career Record (Years): 37-13 (5)

2016 STARTERS RETURNING (9):
Dalton Woodyard, K/LB/RB - 453 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards / 87.5 tackles
Peyton Meyer, QB/DB - 558 passing yards, 586 rushing yards
Josh Hahn, LB/RB - 232 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards / 56.5 tackles
Dawson Charley, LB/FB - 92 rushing yards / 52.5 tackles
Bryce Destival, C/DL - 22 tackles
Michael Lowrie, G/DL - 21 tackles
Keigan Feldman, TE/DE - 84 receiving yards / 21.5 tackles
Keaton Boyle, G/DE - 11.5 tackles
Spencer Hoff, SE/LB - 143 receiving yards / 29 tackles

2016 LETTERWINNERS RETURNING (13):
Dalton Woodyard, K/LB/RB
Peyton Meyer, QB/DB
Josh Hahn, LB/RB
Dawson Charley, LB/FB
Bryce Destival, C/DL
Michael Lowrie, G/DL
Keigan Feldman, TE/DE
Keaton Boyle, G/DE
Spencer Hoff, SE/LB
Codey Hicks, G/DE - 23 tackles
Tegan Meyer, TE/DE
Brandin Carlson, TE/LB - 18 tackles
Collin Simpson, OL/DL

KEY LOSSES FROM 2016 SEASON (1):
Kevin Hahn, RB/LB - 359 rushing yards, 135 receiving yards / 79.5 tackles

HOW COACH EASTMAN VIEWS UPCOMING SEASON

Team Strength Entering 2017:
"We have a lot of experience returning, since we graduated only one senior.

Concerns Heading Into 2017:
"How much better did we get in the off-season? Did we make the strides to become relevant in the district and be able to compete for the title?"

Offensive Focus:
"We will have many different formations. We will have to get the ball in the hands of play-makers."

Defensive Focus:
The Wildcats plan to play a base "3-4".

8-Player, District 2 Outlook:
Coach Eastman considers Riceville and Northwood-Kensett as the favorites to win the title. Turkey Valley is the defending District champion.

Expectations For 2017 Season:
"I always expect to win. That is how we prepare as a staff and how we prepare the team each and every week."