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Despite an 0-3 start to its season, the Antigo Red Robins football team knows its goals, including an outright Great Northern Conference championship, are still within reach, however the margin for error has become exceedingly small.

Fresh off a stunning 26-20 defeat in its conference opener against Ashland Friday, a game marred by penalites and mishaps, the Robins travel to Minocqua to face off with the 1-2 Lakeland Thunderbirds, a team that at least on paper, appears ready to give Antigo everything it can handle.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a wild 34-32 loss to an always strong Medford team, a game in which Lakeland's dangerous passing attack was on full display. Quarterback Michael Ouimette completed 22 of 33 passes against the Raiders, for 171 yards and four touchdowns.

Lakeland also won its opening game at Hayward 43-13, before falling 42-14 to a strong Bloomer team in week two.

The T-Birds feature perhaps the GNC's best pairing at wide receiver. Jake Rexroade and Ray Rentmeester were both first team all-GNC performers a season ago and appear strong contenders to repeat the honor.

Rentmeester caught 10 passes against Medford, while Rexroade pulled in five, although the Raiders limited the pair's yardage, to 68 and 59 yards respectively. On the season, Rexroade has 293 yards receiving, averaging nearly 20 yards a reception.

“Getting pressure on the quarterback is a must,” Head Coach Tom Schofield said. “That will break up timing on a pass play, we also have to be in the right position to stop big plays.”

Senior defensive back Eric Langseth leads a secondary that will need a strong performance for the Robins to come out on top. Langseth has one interception and 19 tackles on the season.

Linebacker C.J. Levis is Antigo's leading tackler overall, with 30 stops.

In addition to the threat through the air, the Robins will have to contend with a strong special teams unit. Chase Hunt made a key play in the Medford loss, taking a kick back 90 yards for a touchdown in what was a big momentum swing.

Lakeland's run game may not be the centerpiece of its offense, but will still be a threat. Zach Rice is the leading rusher with 113 yards on the season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Ouimette has 77 yards on 22 attempts.

The key to beating Lakeland, in addition to limiting what has haunted the Robins thus far, penalties and turnovers, is likely to be establishing the run.

Medford ran roughshod over the T-Birds a week ago, piling up 408 yards on the ground, including 217 from workhorse Ean Wilson, who scored twice, and Garrett Hill, who ran for 150 and three touchdowns.

While the Robins' run game has not been lacking, the miscues have prevented the unit from having one of its signatures performances.

“We've been focusing on doing the little things right all week,” Schofield said. “From the correct footwork to stressing handling the snaps and taking care of the ball when running.”

Dominic Smith leads the Antigo ground attack with 194 yards. Levis has ran for 123.

Nevin Cornelius' development at quarterback will be watched as well, despite issues on the exchange with his center, the otherwise steady Nick Roller, he has begun to show a knack for the big play, including lengthy plass plays to Smith, Jack Braun, and Langseth last week, as well as Isaac Wickersheim the week prior.

Langseth leads the team in receiving with 97 yards on four catches.

Senior linebacker Ian Valliere, another all-conference performer for the T-Birds will likely key their pass rush.

Despite it only being week four, Friday's game has must-win written all over it as far as the conference title chase is concerned, and features similar to a week ago, a potential up-and-comer against an Antigo team with something to prove.

“The players are excited to return to the field and play their hearts out,” Schofield added.

Kickoff from T-Bird Country is set for 7 p.m.
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Room for error is small, but season is not lost yet for Robins
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Despite an 0-3 start to its season, the Antigo Red Robins football team knows its goals, including an outright Great Northern Conference championship, are still within reach, however the margin for error has become exceedingly small.

Fresh off a stunning 26-20 defeat in its conference opener against Ashland Friday, a game marred by penalites and mishaps, the Robins travel to Minocqua to face off with the 1-2 Lakeland Thunderbirds, a team that at least on paper, appears ready to give Antigo everything it can handle.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a wild 34-32 loss to an always strong Medford team, a game in which Lakeland's dangerous passing attack was on full display. Quarterback Michael Ouimette completed 22 of 33 passes against the Raiders, for 171 yards and four touchdowns.

Lakeland also won its opening game at Hayward 43-13, before falling 42-14 to a strong Bloomer team in week two.

The T-Birds feature perhaps the GNC's best pairing at wide receiver. Jake Rexroade and Ray Rentmeester were both first team all-GNC performers a season ago and appear strong contenders to repeat the honor.

Rentmeester caught 10 passes against Medford, while Rexroade pulled in five, although the Raiders limited the pair's yardage, to 68 and 59 yards respectively. On the season, Rexroade has 293 yards receiving, averaging nearly 20 yards a reception.

“Getting pressure on the quarterback is a must,” Head Coach Tom Schofield said. “That will break up timing on a pass play, we also have to be in the right position to stop big plays.”

Senior defensive back Eric Langseth leads a secondary that will need a strong performance for the Robins to come out on top. Langseth has one interception and 19 tackles on the season.

Linebacker C.J. Levis is Antigo's leading tackler overall, with 30 stops.

In addition to the threat through the air, the Robins will have to contend with a strong special teams unit. Chase Hunt made a key play in the Medford loss, taking a kick back 90 yards for a touchdown in what was a big momentum swing.

Lakeland's run game may not be the centerpiece of its offense, but will still be a threat. Zach Rice is the leading rusher with 113 yards on the season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Ouimette has 77 yards on 22 attempts.

The key to beating Lakeland, in addition to limiting what has haunted the Robins thus far, penalties and turnovers, is likely to be establishing the run.

Medford ran roughshod over the T-Birds a week ago, piling up 408 yards on the ground, including 217 from workhorse Ean Wilson, who scored twice, and Garrett Hill, who ran for 150 and three touchdowns.

While the Robins' run game has not been lacking, the miscues have prevented the unit from having one of its signatures performances.

“We've been focusing on doing the little things right all week,” Schofield said. “From the correct footwork to stressing handling the snaps and taking care of the ball when running.”

Dominic Smith leads the Antigo ground attack with 194 yards. Levis has ran for 123.

Nevin Cornelius' development at quarterback will be watched as well, despite issues on the exchange with his center, the otherwise steady Nick Roller, he has begun to show a knack for the big play, including lengthy plass plays to Smith, Jack Braun, and Langseth last week, as well as Isaac Wickersheim the week prior.

Langseth leads the team in receiving with 97 yards on four catches.

Senior linebacker Ian Valliere, another all-conference performer for the T-Birds will likely key their pass rush.

Despite it only being week four, Friday's game has must-win written all over it as far as the conference title chase is concerned, and features similar to a week ago, a potential up-and-comer against an Antigo team with something to prove.

“The players are excited to return to the field and play their hearts out,” Schofield added.

Kickoff from T-Bird Country is set for 7 p.m.
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