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Homecoming week caps off at Antigo High School this Friday, when the Red Robins football team plays the traditional home game against Great Northern Conference rival, Medford.

The Raiders, a traditional GNC power on the gridiron have grabbed a share of the conference title the past two seasons, each time playing a nail biter of a game against the Robins as the teams traded wins on the opposing team’s home turf.

Last season, Antigo pulled out a 27-25 win at Medford, while two years ago, it was the Raiders coming to Schofield Stadium and emerging 27-21 winners. This time around, Medford would like nothing better than to put a damper on Antigo’s homecoming festivities and jump back into the Great Northern Conference title chase.

Through three weeks of conference play, the Robins have emerged as the clear cut favorites to take home the GNC crown, after the team picked by most in the media to finish first, the Merrill Blue Jays, suffered a shocking road defeat at the hands of the Ashland Oredockers last Friday, 16-12.

Antigo rocked Ashland 33-0 in week three and followed that win up with a 47-8 rout of Lakeland and a 48-7 thrashing of Rhinelander in the annual Bell Game. The Robins are 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the GNC, a full game ahead of second place Mosinee, who is 2-1.

Medford’s overall record is the opposite of Antigo’s at 1-4, while the Raiders sit at 1-1 in the GNC.

That 1-4 mark is likely deceiving however, with a tough non-conference schedule, which includes losses to three strong opponents in Rice Lake (36-0), Chippewa Falls (28-13), and Menominee, Mich. (55-7). Medford’s conference defeat, came at the hands of Lakeland by a final score of 22-21, an aberration of a game as the Raiders gained over twice as many total yards as the Thunderbirds, ran twice as many plays and held the ball for nearly three quarters of the contest, yet still found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard when Lakeland scored in the waning moments and converted a two point try for the win.

Medford’s lone win on the season was a 36-7 triumph against Rhinelander.

The Antigo/Medford matchup has become one of the better football rivalries in the GNC since the conference’s inception in 2008.

We our ready for battle against Medford, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. They are a well disciplined team that is fundamentally sound.

Friday’s game features perhaps the top two rushing offenses in the GNC, meaning the battle in trenches will take on even more added meaning.

Medford’s ground game is led by the one-two punch of sophomore Ean Wilson and junior Garrett Hill. Although Medford has two conference games to Antigo’s three, Wilson and Hill rank first and third in the GNC respectively in yards per game. Both have eclipsed the 400 yard mark in overall yards on the season.

The Raiders currently rank second behind Antigo in both team rushing yards and yards per game. Medford averaged 368 rushing yards in its two GNC contests to 402 for the Robins in three games.

As most teams have found out the season, the problem when playing Antigo is not shutting down one or two backs, as Antigo boasts four legitimate runners who have a chance of breaking a big run on any given carry. Teams must also contain the ample running ability of quarterback Matt Winter.

Senior Jericho Kelly leads the way with 377 yards and a 7.4 yards per carry average, followed by juniors Adam Schmidt and Dominic Smith with 254 and 243 total rushing yards respectively. Winter has gained 233 yards on the ground, while Korbin Krueger has made the most of his opportunities, going for 130 yards on just 15 carries, a whopping 8.7 per attempt average.

Passes will likely be few and far in between during the game, but Winter has shown the ability to make plays, completing 13 of 35 passes this season for 241 yards and three scores. When Medford goes to the air, it will be on the arm of senior QB Ben Lindgren.

Winter’s favorite targets have been tight end Hunter Bolson and Schmidt, with five receptions each. While Schmidt’s catches have been of the short yardage variety, Bolson gives the Robins much more of a downfield threat with 129 yards for a 25.8-yard-per-catch average.

Cam Wenzel is Medford’s leading receiver.

Antigo’s special teams play hopes to make an impact once again, as return man Thomas Nelson is coming off a big game against Rhinelander a week ago. Nelson had three punt returns over 25 yards in the win.

The players have had a fun homecoming week, Schofield said. They are anxious for a hard hitting game.

Other GNC games Friday includes Rhinelander traveling to Mosinee, while Ashland has a non-conference game against Wautoma. Merrill will host Lakeland in a Saturday afternoon game.

Following Friday’s game, the Robins will not be home until Oct. 13, as they will play back-to-back road games at Wausau East and Mosinee the next two weeks.
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Robins enter homecoming game in GNC driver's seat versus Medford
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Homecoming week caps off at Antigo High School this Friday, when the Red Robins football team plays the traditional home game against Great Northern Conference rival, Medford.

The Raiders, a traditional GNC power on the gridiron have grabbed a share of the conference title the past two seasons, each time playing a nail biter of a game against the Robins as the teams traded wins on the opposing team’s home turf.

Last season, Antigo pulled out a 27-25 win at Medford, while two years ago, it was the Raiders coming to Schofield Stadium and emerging 27-21 winners. This time around, Medford would like nothing better than to put a damper on Antigo’s homecoming festivities and jump back into the Great Northern Conference title chase.

Through three weeks of conference play, the Robins have emerged as the clear cut favorites to take home the GNC crown, after the team picked by most in the media to finish first, the Merrill Blue Jays, suffered a shocking road defeat at the hands of the Ashland Oredockers last Friday, 16-12.

Antigo rocked Ashland 33-0 in week three and followed that win up with a 47-8 rout of Lakeland and a 48-7 thrashing of Rhinelander in the annual Bell Game. The Robins are 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the GNC, a full game ahead of second place Mosinee, who is 2-1.

Medford’s overall record is the opposite of Antigo’s at 1-4, while the Raiders sit at 1-1 in the GNC.

That 1-4 mark is likely deceiving however, with a tough non-conference schedule, which includes losses to three strong opponents in Rice Lake (36-0), Chippewa Falls (28-13), and Menominee, Mich. (55-7). Medford’s conference defeat, came at the hands of Lakeland by a final score of 22-21, an aberration of a game as the Raiders gained over twice as many total yards as the Thunderbirds, ran twice as many plays and held the ball for nearly three quarters of the contest, yet still found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard when Lakeland scored in the waning moments and converted a two point try for the win.

Medford’s lone win on the season was a 36-7 triumph against Rhinelander.

The Antigo/Medford matchup has become one of the better football rivalries in the GNC since the conference’s inception in 2008.

We our ready for battle against Medford, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. They are a well disciplined team that is fundamentally sound.

Friday’s game features perhaps the top two rushing offenses in the GNC, meaning the battle in trenches will take on even more added meaning.

Medford’s ground game is led by the one-two punch of sophomore Ean Wilson and junior Garrett Hill. Although Medford has two conference games to Antigo’s three, Wilson and Hill rank first and third in the GNC respectively in yards per game. Both have eclipsed the 400 yard mark in overall yards on the season.

The Raiders currently rank second behind Antigo in both team rushing yards and yards per game. Medford averaged 368 rushing yards in its two GNC contests to 402 for the Robins in three games.

As most teams have found out the season, the problem when playing Antigo is not shutting down one or two backs, as Antigo boasts four legitimate runners who have a chance of breaking a big run on any given carry. Teams must also contain the ample running ability of quarterback Matt Winter.

Senior Jericho Kelly leads the way with 377 yards and a 7.4 yards per carry average, followed by juniors Adam Schmidt and Dominic Smith with 254 and 243 total rushing yards respectively. Winter has gained 233 yards on the ground, while Korbin Krueger has made the most of his opportunities, going for 130 yards on just 15 carries, a whopping 8.7 per attempt average.

Passes will likely be few and far in between during the game, but Winter has shown the ability to make plays, completing 13 of 35 passes this season for 241 yards and three scores. When Medford goes to the air, it will be on the arm of senior QB Ben Lindgren.

Winter’s favorite targets have been tight end Hunter Bolson and Schmidt, with five receptions each. While Schmidt’s catches have been of the short yardage variety, Bolson gives the Robins much more of a downfield threat with 129 yards for a 25.8-yard-per-catch average.

Cam Wenzel is Medford’s leading receiver.

Antigo’s special teams play hopes to make an impact once again, as return man Thomas Nelson is coming off a big game against Rhinelander a week ago. Nelson had three punt returns over 25 yards in the win.

The players have had a fun homecoming week, Schofield said. They are anxious for a hard hitting game.

Other GNC games Friday includes Rhinelander traveling to Mosinee, while Ashland has a non-conference game against Wautoma. Merrill will host Lakeland in a Saturday afternoon game.

Following Friday’s game, the Robins will not be home until Oct. 13, as they will play back-to-back road games at Wausau East and Mosinee the next two weeks.
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