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The underdog Medford Raiders came to Schofield Stadium for the Antigo Red Robins homecoming game Friday night and went toe to toe with the Robins, before Antigo finally came out on top of a defensive battle for the ages, 7-0.

We came ready to play, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. We played sound defense, we covered gaps, controlled the line of scrimmage, made solid tackles, our defensive backs did an amazing job as well.

The matchup between the teams has featured a number of close battles since the inception of the Great Northern Conference, turning it into one of the GNC’s best rivalries.

Its really become a big rivalry, both teams had comeback wins the past two seasons, its up there with Merrill, Schofield said. They are a well coached fundamentally sound team, they play how we teach.

After scoring 128 combined points in their past three games and racking up more than 300 rushing yards in each of those contests, and more than 400 total yards in two, the Robins were held to just 48 yards on the ground and 98 total yards of offense.

Antigo found themselves in a unfamiliar role of late, trying to simply get points, any points, on the board.

Medford’s defense pursued well, they played tough, Schofield noted. We tried counters and reverses, but they read our guards and were assignment sure, hats off to them for holding us to 48 yards.

In the end, four second half turnovers by Medford proved to be too much to overcome, as the Robins turned the third one of those, a Tom Kendall interception into points. C.J. Levis scored from three yards out with 4:31 remaining for what proved to be the only score of the game. The touchdown run was the only carry of the night for Levis.

The Kendall pick was a game changer, Schofield added. Turned the game in our favor in what was a hard nosed collision battle.

Korbin Krueger recorded the fourth turnover, intercepting Medford quarterback Ben Lindgren with less than two minutes remaining, allowing the Robins to run out the clock for the homecoming win.

Eric Langseth also grabbed a second half interception while the Robins netted a fumble recovery as well.

I wish we had capitalized more on the turnovers, Schofield said. Usually they are such momentum changers, but outside of the Kendall play, Medford dug its heels in and held us every time.

Antigo’s defense was every bit as impressive as Medford’s. In addition to the four takeaways, the Robins held the Raiders to just 82 yards of total offense, with 72 coming on the ground and only ten through the air. Lindgren completed just one of nine Medford pass attempts.

Antigo signal caller Matt Winter attempted 16 passes, completing five for 50 yards on the night.

The first half featured a battle of field position and punts, with Antigo twice driving the ball inside the Medford 20 yard line, only to see the drive end in a turnover on downs.

The first such of those drives, coming on Antigo’s second possession included a 31 yard pass connection from Winter to Hunter Bolson, but ended when Winter was sacked on a fourth down play.

The second drive inside the Raiders 20 came in the second quarter, beginning on the Robins’ 41 yard line. The march was highlighted by an 11 yard Jericho Kelly run and a five yard run by Matt Winter to convert a fourth down. This time, miscommunication between Winter and Kelly on a later fourth down pass play stalled the drive, giving the ball back to the Raiders.

Medford was helped out by the Robins in a big way late in the first half, when a 65 yard punt return touchdown by Thomas Nelson was wiped out by an Antigo penalty for a block in the back.

We had a couple mishaps in the first half, missed assignments, Schofield noted. I thought the penalty on the punt return was a little questionable, we told Nelson he would get one tonight, and there it was, too bad it came back.

The Raiders best chance to score came late in the third quarter when following an Antigo punt, they took over on their own 47 yard line. Ean Wilson broke off a 10 yard run, but fumbled at the tail end of it, resulting in the Antigo recovery.

Dominic Smith led the Robins in rushing with 47 yards on 12 carries. Kelly ran for 24 yards on 12 attempts. Kelly also snared three pass receptions for 15 yards.

Medford was led by Garrett Hill, who gained 39 yards on 13 carries.

Antigo did lose senior running back Adam Schmidt to a high ankle sprain. Schmidt left the game early and did not return, and may miss some extended time while he heals.

The win keeps Antigo on top of the Great Northern Conference standings at 4-0. They are now 5-1 overall, winners of four straight.

The team is in great spirits, Schofield said. They are happy about the win, but they might feel a little sore in the morning after this one.

Medford dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the GNC.

The Robins will enjoy a rare Friday night off next week, as they will play a non-conference Saturday afternoon game at Thom Field in Wausau, taking on former Wisconsin Valley Conference rival Wausau East.

Scoring Summary

Schofield Stadium

Antigo 7, Medford 0

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017



MEDFORD 0 0 0

ANTIGO 0 0 0



Scoring Summary

Fourth Quarter

Antigo TDó C.J. Levis 3 yard run (kick good); Antigo 7, Medford 0

Team Totals

Total Playsó Antigo 57, Medford 48

Total Yardsó Antigo 98, Medford 82

Passing Yardsó Antigo 50, Medford 10

Rushing Yardsó Medford 72, Antigo 48

First Downsó Antigo 17, Medford 13

Turnoversó Medford 4, Antigo 0

Penaltiesó Medford 5, Antigo 1

Penalty Yardsó Medford 84, Antigo 8

Individual Stats

Antigo-

Passingó Winter 5-15, 50 yds.

Rushingó Smith 12-47; Kelly 12-24; Farmer 3-9; Schmidt 2-3; Levis 1-3, TD; Winter 7--21

Receivingó Bolson 1-31; Kelly 3-15; Spencer 1-4

Medford-

Passingó Lindgren 1-9, 10 yds. 3 INT

Rushingó†Hill 13-39; Strick 1-15; Mientke 4-12; Hanson 1-5; Lindgren 9-4; Loertscher 1-2; Wilson 6-0

Receivingó Wenzel 1-10
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One score enough, Antigo beats Medford in dogfight
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The underdog Medford Raiders came to Schofield Stadium for the Antigo Red Robins homecoming game Friday night and went toe to toe with the Robins, before Antigo finally came out on top of a defensive battle for the ages, 7-0.

We came ready to play, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. We played sound defense, we covered gaps, controlled the line of scrimmage, made solid tackles, our defensive backs did an amazing job as well.

The matchup between the teams has featured a number of close battles since the inception of the Great Northern Conference, turning it into one of the GNC’s best rivalries.

Its really become a big rivalry, both teams had comeback wins the past two seasons, its up there with Merrill, Schofield said. They are a well coached fundamentally sound team, they play how we teach.

After scoring 128 combined points in their past three games and racking up more than 300 rushing yards in each of those contests, and more than 400 total yards in two, the Robins were held to just 48 yards on the ground and 98 total yards of offense.

Antigo found themselves in a unfamiliar role of late, trying to simply get points, any points, on the board.

Medford’s defense pursued well, they played tough, Schofield noted. We tried counters and reverses, but they read our guards and were assignment sure, hats off to them for holding us to 48 yards.

In the end, four second half turnovers by Medford proved to be too much to overcome, as the Robins turned the third one of those, a Tom Kendall interception into points. C.J. Levis scored from three yards out with 4:31 remaining for what proved to be the only score of the game. The touchdown run was the only carry of the night for Levis.

The Kendall pick was a game changer, Schofield added. Turned the game in our favor in what was a hard nosed collision battle.

Korbin Krueger recorded the fourth turnover, intercepting Medford quarterback Ben Lindgren with less than two minutes remaining, allowing the Robins to run out the clock for the homecoming win.

Eric Langseth also grabbed a second half interception while the Robins netted a fumble recovery as well.

I wish we had capitalized more on the turnovers, Schofield said. Usually they are such momentum changers, but outside of the Kendall play, Medford dug its heels in and held us every time.

Antigo’s defense was every bit as impressive as Medford’s. In addition to the four takeaways, the Robins held the Raiders to just 82 yards of total offense, with 72 coming on the ground and only ten through the air. Lindgren completed just one of nine Medford pass attempts.

Antigo signal caller Matt Winter attempted 16 passes, completing five for 50 yards on the night.

The first half featured a battle of field position and punts, with Antigo twice driving the ball inside the Medford 20 yard line, only to see the drive end in a turnover on downs.

The first such of those drives, coming on Antigo’s second possession included a 31 yard pass connection from Winter to Hunter Bolson, but ended when Winter was sacked on a fourth down play.

The second drive inside the Raiders 20 came in the second quarter, beginning on the Robins’ 41 yard line. The march was highlighted by an 11 yard Jericho Kelly run and a five yard run by Matt Winter to convert a fourth down. This time, miscommunication between Winter and Kelly on a later fourth down pass play stalled the drive, giving the ball back to the Raiders.

Medford was helped out by the Robins in a big way late in the first half, when a 65 yard punt return touchdown by Thomas Nelson was wiped out by an Antigo penalty for a block in the back.

We had a couple mishaps in the first half, missed assignments, Schofield noted. I thought the penalty on the punt return was a little questionable, we told Nelson he would get one tonight, and there it was, too bad it came back.

The Raiders best chance to score came late in the third quarter when following an Antigo punt, they took over on their own 47 yard line. Ean Wilson broke off a 10 yard run, but fumbled at the tail end of it, resulting in the Antigo recovery.

Dominic Smith led the Robins in rushing with 47 yards on 12 carries. Kelly ran for 24 yards on 12 attempts. Kelly also snared three pass receptions for 15 yards.

Medford was led by Garrett Hill, who gained 39 yards on 13 carries.

Antigo did lose senior running back Adam Schmidt to a high ankle sprain. Schmidt left the game early and did not return, and may miss some extended time while he heals.

The win keeps Antigo on top of the Great Northern Conference standings at 4-0. They are now 5-1 overall, winners of four straight.

The team is in great spirits, Schofield said. They are happy about the win, but they might feel a little sore in the morning after this one.

Medford dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the GNC.

The Robins will enjoy a rare Friday night off next week, as they will play a non-conference Saturday afternoon game at Thom Field in Wausau, taking on former Wisconsin Valley Conference rival Wausau East.

Scoring Summary

Schofield Stadium

Antigo 7, Medford 0

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017



MEDFORD 0 0 0

ANTIGO 0 0 0



Scoring Summary

Fourth Quarter

Antigo TDó C.J. Levis 3 yard run (kick good); Antigo 7, Medford 0

Team Totals

Total Playsó Antigo 57, Medford 48

Total Yardsó Antigo 98, Medford 82

Passing Yardsó Antigo 50, Medford 10

Rushing Yardsó Medford 72, Antigo 48

First Downsó Antigo 17, Medford 13

Turnoversó Medford 4, Antigo 0

Penaltiesó Medford 5, Antigo 1

Penalty Yardsó Medford 84, Antigo 8

Individual Stats

Antigo-

Passingó Winter 5-15, 50 yds.

Rushingó Smith 12-47; Kelly 12-24; Farmer 3-9; Schmidt 2-3; Levis 1-3, TD; Winter 7--21

Receivingó Bolson 1-31; Kelly 3-15; Spencer 1-4

Medford-

Passingó Lindgren 1-9, 10 yds. 3 INT

Rushingó†Hill 13-39; Strick 1-15; Mientke 4-12; Hanson 1-5; Lindgren 9-4; Loertscher 1-2; Wilson 6-0

Receivingó Wenzel 1-10
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