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Hodag Football ... Soggy and Unsettled
By HodagSports.com Staff | Published: 08/31/2014

( Photo By Bob Mainhardt )

     Story By Matt Will

For some people, Friday means payday. For the Rhinelander Hodags, it means game day. The Hodags arrived at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School at around 5:30 PM, and began filling water bottles, perfecting equipment, and stretching.

With about 5 minutes left until kickoff, a series of dark clouds were making their way to the stadium. Suddenly, a jagged bolt of lightning pierced the sky, followed by a monstrous roar of thunder. The Chargers Athletic Director ordered the Hodags into the gym and, in compliance with WIAA rules and regulations, set the clock to count down from 30 minutes. The clock was reset to 30 minutes whenever the Athletic Director or referees saw lightning.

     A little over an hour later, the clock finally ran down to zero with no lightning strikes. The players were given an extra 10 minutes to get warmed up. Once everybody was ready, the game began. The player introductions were skipped due to the delays.

The Hodags were the first to receive the ball, but torrential rain had rendered the field a wet, slippery mess, and the returner only managed about 10 yard before slipping and falling. Rhinelander's defense didn't just hold the Chargers at bay; they pushed back 5 yards and caused a punt.

It was now time for the Hodag offense to shine. The first play of the Hodag's 2nd offensive drive was a run by #33 Cole Oettinger for a huge gain. Oettinger struck again, but this time on defense, intercepting what would have been a touchdown pass in the Chargers' red zone.

Despite many close plays, the score at halftime was 0-0. Ironically, one of the songs played at halftime was "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.

Wittenberg got the first score with a 50 yard TD run, which brought the score to 7-0. The lead didn't last long , however. Rhinelander scored on their next possession with a beautiful pass from Brandon Reinthaler to Mason Shallow.

Shortly after the Hodag touchdown, and with the score knotted even at 7 in the fourth quarter, lightning began illuminating the previously pitch black sky, and rain began to pour again. Again as the teams were ushered from the field, and the officials huddled around the radar, the referees offered the coaches 3 options:
1. Wait until the storm passes (est. time 3AM)
2. Suspend the game, go home, and come back the next day
3. Both coaches agree to a tie

Both coaches still wanted to play, and the game has been suspended until a date that is yet to be announced, where the Hodags and the Chargers will play for the remaining 8 minutes and 13 seconds.


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