The Hodag Gridiron Club hosted the third annual Hodag Football Family Day on Saturday, and showed there is plenty to look forward to for the upcoming 2017 season. The day was filled with games, activities, Green/White scrimmage, as well featured former Packer fullback, William Henderson.
The event was a great kick to the new season which brought coaches, players, families, and the community together. It also ended the Rhinelander High School football team's first week of practice under head Coach Chris Ferge.
There was plenty of heart and dedication shown on Saturday and also was a day that exposed several areas the team will look to improve and build on before their opening game on Friday August 18th at Prescott.
Rhinelander's White team would edge the Green team four touchdowns to three on Saturday, but both teams had their highlights in the two-30-minute sessions they played. With the limited contact due to WIAA regulations, the varsity roster featured 41-players with the Green/White teams divided into even teams.
Senior quarterback Logan Freund led the White team with two touchdown passes and also added a score on one of his nine carries and had one interception. While the Green team's offense featured junior Brock Lieder who also finished with two passing and one rushing touchdown on the day.
While senior Reuben Guzik was one of Freund's top receivers on the day, scoring two touchdowns for the White team. The Green teams' top receivers for Lieder were seniors Tyler Olson and Cole Spaulding, who each scored. Olson capped off a 60-yard drive nearing the end of the second session to pull White with one-touchdown. Sophomore Drake Martin also had a big day rushing for the White team, averaging over 6-yard per carry on the day.
Looking at the 2017 roster, Rhinelander has a balance of a large experienced senior and sophomore class that will look to lead the year. The seniors have 15 players while the sophomore class has 20.
The day not only featured the two varsity session scrimmages but also show cased two sessions for the RHS freshman team which had 28 players. Several middle school players also seen some action with a 7-on-7 scrimmage. The James Williams Middle School 7th and 8th graders will start their season on August 14th.
Rhinelander held their teams' first full-pad practice on Monday and will be gearing up for three-team scrimmage held at Northland Pines on Friday. The Hodags' will open their 2017 season a week later on Friday, August 18th at Prescott. Kick-off is slated for 7:00PM.
The Rhinelander High School football team and Hodag Gridiron Club will host their annual Hodag Football Family Day on Saturday, August 5th at the practice fields next to Mike Webster Stadium. It will be a great opportunity for the community, families, fans, friends, and students to see RHS football in action and to cap off the high school's first week of practice.
The biggest event includes the annual Green and White scrimmage. Practice starts at 8:00AM, with the scrimmage to follow at 9:00AM. The scrimmage will be limited due to WIAA regulations on full contact for the first week of practice.
After the scrimmage people are encouraged to stick around for further activities including player meet and greets, Rhinelander GM Test drives, bounce house, dunk tank, as well as a meet and greet session with former Green Bay Packer, William Henderson sponsored by Rhinelander GM.
Along with the scrimmage and activities there will be concessions available as well as apparel for sale. The Hodag Gridiron will also be selling $50 raffle tickets on Saturday with a grand prize of $2,000 that will be selected after the Hodags' season opener on August, 19th at The Haven Restaurant.
The Hodag Gridiron Club is one of the main boosters for the RHS football program and provides finances and support beyond what is provided by the School District of Rhinelander which includes equipment. The non-profit organization continues to provide the highest level of quality football for the Rhinelander Community and has a positive impact on the youth.
This great community event always proves to be a fun-filled day to bring players, coaches, and community together to kick off the 2017 RHS football season off. The HGC also welcomes any community and parent volunteers to sign up to help. You can sign up at; https://sites.google.com/site/hodagsfootball/about-us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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