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Hodag Football final tune up
By Cassie Krueger | Published: 08/19/2014

( Photo By Bob Mainhardt )

     The Rhinelander High School football team has been able to practice on the field for two weeks now and finally had the opportunity to put their full uniform on and play another team. The Hodags travelled to Northland Pines for a four-team scrimmage including Northland Pines, Crandon, and Phillips on Friday August 15th.

The Hodags faced Northland Pines first, where both teams scored once. And Rhinelander also battled Crandon and wasn't able to score while the Cardinals connected on a touchdown. Although score wasn't officially kept, the team saw plenty of areas of improvement as well as positives.


Photo by Hodagstaff

     The scrimmage took place on half the field. The offensive team would get 15 plays, starting t the 40 yard line. If the offensive team did not reach a first down on four plays, they went back to the 40 yard line. After one team finished on offense, they switched to defense against the same team. They included certified officials, but official score was not kept.

Speaking to new Head Coach, Chris Ferge, he noticed plenty of positives from his team as well as some improvements before their first game on Friday. In the scrimmage there were turnovers that can be easily corrected, and he isn’t worried about them, especially with trialing with players in several different positions. As far as the mental aspect of the game, Coach Ferge thinks the team could be steadier.

“I think mentally, we have to be more effective and efficient with what we do,” said Ferge.

With two weeks of practice under their belts, as well as the scrimmage, the team will have a few practices left to adjust and prepare. And within that time frame Coach Ferge noted one of the teams’ biggest positives about always improving.

“There biggest positive is how much they can improve and how much they do improve,” Ferge said. “Every time I ask them to get better at something they have done that, and I’m looking forward to seeing the improvement this week.”

As quickly as Friday is approaching the team will be working hard to make adjustments before the big game. The coaching staff watched Antigo’s game film and has a good understanding of what they will be up against and they are looking forward to finally getting on the field.

“I feel our preparation so far has been very good,” noted Ferge. “And I believe our kids are going to be up to the challenge.”



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