The Rhinelander High School football team was able to hang with Medford for the first half, but then would fade and the Raiders cruised to a 36-7 Great Northern Conference victory at Mike Webster Stadium. It marked the Hodags' third straight loss of the season.
The Raiders finished with 401 total offensive yards which included 368 yards rushing and 33 passing yards. While Rhinelander struggled offensively and only had 121 total yards on 96 rushing yards and 25 passing. Medford went 6-11 on third down conversions and RHS went 3-12 on the night. The Raiders also finished with 21 first downs while the Hodags’ were held to only eight on the night.
It was a scoreless first quarter and Medford finally got on the board at 10:09 in the second quarter. Ean Wilson scored on a three-yard run but their two-point conversion was unsuccessful. The Raiders added another score with 2:38 left in the quarter on a three-yard gain from Garrett Hill and Wilson added the two-point conversion to put them up 14-0.
Rhinelander answered with their lone touchdown of the night with only nine seconds remaining in the half. Drake Martin scored on a five-yard run which brought them within seven at halftime. The Raiders outgained the Hodags 187-34 in the first half alone.
Wilson tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter on an 8-yard gain to give Medford a 20-7 advantage after an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt. Then at 9:43, the Raiders unexpectedly connected on a 29-yard surprise pass from Wilson to Dough Way for another touchdown. Peyton Kuhn added the two-point conversion to put the Raiders up 28-7.
And about three minutes later, Medford for strike again for their final score of the night. At 6:52 in the fourth, Hill had a 9-yard gain and followed that up with the two-point conversion, and the Raiders would hold on to earn the 36-7 victory.
Wilson and Hill paired up to rush for more than 300 yards on the night. Wilson led the way with 173 yards on 26 carries and Hill finished with 133 yards on 24 carries. Kuhn also charted 58 yards on eight carries in the win.
Martin led the Hodags but was held to 58 rushing yards on 19 carries. Brock Lieder went 5-14 passing for 23 yards with two interceptions. Josh Sullivan picked off a pass from Lieder late in the fourth quarter in the back of the end zone.
Rhinelander will travel to Antigo this Friday for the 84th annual Bell Game. The rival matchup will begin at 7:00PM at Schofield Stadium. The Red Robins have won 11 straight Bell Games with the Hodags’ not winning since 2007.