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A matchup of two schools with long standing traditions of football success was dominated by Stratford on Friday night at Schofield Stadium, as the Tigers handed Antigo its first loss of the season in a 28-0 shutout.

We knew this would be a challenge, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. They are well coached and fundamentally sound in all aspects, very well disciplined.

The smaller school Tigers didn’t play like one, dominating the line of scrimmage for a good portion of the contest while amassing 303 yards of offense to 182 for Antigo, with 203 of Stratford’s yards coming on the ground.

Tough loss, it was hyped- up, Schofield added. Game of the week on Channel 9, kids were excited, but its a good learning lesson, losing is never fun.

Kade Ehrike led Stratford in both rushing and receiving yards for the second straight week, as he ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while pulling in five passes for 43 yards.

Ehrike capped off Stratford’s first scoring drive, walking in from three yards out in the second quarter, and the extra point made it 7-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Antigo did manage to keep the game close throughout the first half, and drove the ball on the game’s next possession to the Stratford three yard line before things unraveled. Ehrike showed his defense prowess by dropping quarterback Matt Winter for a two yard loss on third down, and Winter overthrew Hunter Bolson on fourth and goal for a turnover on downs.

The overthrow was the second fourth down miss by Winter, after he failed to connect with a wide open Jericho Kelly on a fourth down play on the Robins opening drive. It was part of a frustrating night for the Antigo signal caller, as he completed just two of eight passes for 30 yards during the contest.

The drive was highlighted by runs of 19 and 13 yards by Kelly.

Stratford threatened again on their next possession, but Antigo was saved by the clock. Tigers’ quarterback Mark Handrick connected with Eli Drexler for 17 yards, Ehrike for 17 on a screen pass and Erhrike for 10, part of a drive that took Stratford to the Antigo 18 yard line before time expired and the game went to the half.

First half was a back-and -forth battle, Schofield said. Not being able to punch it in before the half hurt, we just couldn’t finish.

The Robins seemingly were close to breaking big runs throughout the first half, but Stratford seemed to find a saving tackle, tripping up the Robins before they could find daylight.

Its a game of inches, Schofield noted. We were inches away from breaking off big plays.

Momentum looked like it might be headed the Robins way in the third quarter, when Handrick fumbled on a keeper in Antigo territory and C.J. Levis made the recovery.

Winter then hooked up with Dominic Smith on a 28 yard pass play to the Stratford 36 yard line, followed by a 13 yard run by Kelly and a five yard run by Schmidt, but Winter would cough it up and a Stratford defender recovered, with Austin Arlen making a touchdown saving tackle on the Robins 45 yard line.

Stratford took the momentum back and never relinquished it, as the ensuing 45 yard drive was finished off on a 15 yard touchdown pass by Handrick to Vaughn Breit, and a two point conversion pass made it a 15-0 game.

The Robins punted on their next possession and Stratford continued to wear down the Robins front with Ehrike leading the way on the ground. The Stratford junior capped off the 50 yard scoring drive with a two yard plunge, with extra point no good, the score stood at 21-0.

Antigo turned the ball over on downs with their next attempt on offense, and Teddy Redman went 34 yards for a score to put the finishing touches on the 28-0 romp.

I was disappointed how we were worn down physically, Schofield said. But being worn down mentally is what really hurts. Guys missing assignments, you have to be able to pick your heads up like we did against Berlin, we didn’t do it tonight.

Redman finished with 50 yards rushing on the night, complimenting his backfield mate Erhike’s 113. Handrick complete 10 of 13 passes for Stratford, finishing with a total of 100 yards through the air.

Kelly led Antigo in rushing with 71 yards, Smith had 38, Schmidt ran for 24 yards and Winter finished with 22.

Antigo did have three sacks on the defensive side, coming courtesy of Kelly, Casey Lucas and Mike Zabrowski.

If we played this game again, I really feel it could go the other way, Schofield noted. We had our chances and didn’t capitalize, they did.

The Robins fall to 1-1 on the season, while Stratford improves to 1-1. Coach Schofield’s squad will next open Great Northern Conference play Friday with the long trip to Ashland to take on the Oredockers.



Scoring Summary

Schofield Stadium

Stratford 28, Antigo 0

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017





STRATFORD 0 7 8 13— 28

ANTIGO 0 0 0 0— 0



Scoring Summary

Second Quarter-

Stratford TD— Kade Ehrike 3 yard run (kick good); Stratford 7, Antigo 0

Third Quarter-

Stratford TD— Vaughn Breit 15 yard pass from Mark Handrick (conversion good); Stratford 15, Antigo 0

Fourth Quarter-

Stratford TD— Kade Ehrike 2 yard run (kick failed); Stratford 21, Antigo 0

Stratford TD— Teddy Redman 34 yard run (kick good); Stratford 28, Antigo 0

Team Totals

Total Plays— Antigo 55, Stratford 55

Total Yards— Stratford 303, Antigo 182

Passing Yards— Stratford 100, Antigo 30

Rushing Yards— Stratford 203, Antigo 152

First Downs— Stratford 34, Antigo 17

Turnovers— Antigo 2, Stratford 1

Fumbles Lost— Antigo 2, Stratford 1

Penalties— Antigo 7, Stratford 4

Penalty Yards— Antigo 69, Stratford 25

Individual Stats

Antigo-

Passing— Winter 2-8, 30 yds.

Rushing— Kelly 13-71; Smith 13-38; Schmidt 6-24; Winter 8-22; Miller 2-10; Tischendorf 1-0

Receiving— Smith 1-29; Kelly 1-1

Stratford-

Passing— Handrick 10-13, 100, TD

Rushing— Ehrike 15-113, 2 TD; Redman 3-50, TD; Drexler 1-17; Handrick 2-15; Mathew Chapel 1-12; Becker 1-11; Schmitt 2-10

Receiving—Ehrike 5-43; Breit 2-28, TD; Drexler 1-17; Dehlinger 1-12; Bargender 1-11; Pankratz 1-6
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Day of hype ends with a thud for Robins in 28-0 loss
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A matchup of two schools with long standing traditions of football success was dominated by Stratford on Friday night at Schofield Stadium, as the Tigers handed Antigo its first loss of the season in a 28-0 shutout.

We knew this would be a challenge, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. They are well coached and fundamentally sound in all aspects, very well disciplined.

The smaller school Tigers didn’t play like one, dominating the line of scrimmage for a good portion of the contest while amassing 303 yards of offense to 182 for Antigo, with 203 of Stratford’s yards coming on the ground.

Tough loss, it was hyped- up, Schofield added. Game of the week on Channel 9, kids were excited, but its a good learning lesson, losing is never fun.

Kade Ehrike led Stratford in both rushing and receiving yards for the second straight week, as he ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while pulling in five passes for 43 yards.

Ehrike capped off Stratford’s first scoring drive, walking in from three yards out in the second quarter, and the extra point made it 7-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Antigo did manage to keep the game close throughout the first half, and drove the ball on the game’s next possession to the Stratford three yard line before things unraveled. Ehrike showed his defense prowess by dropping quarterback Matt Winter for a two yard loss on third down, and Winter overthrew Hunter Bolson on fourth and goal for a turnover on downs.

The overthrow was the second fourth down miss by Winter, after he failed to connect with a wide open Jericho Kelly on a fourth down play on the Robins opening drive. It was part of a frustrating night for the Antigo signal caller, as he completed just two of eight passes for 30 yards during the contest.

The drive was highlighted by runs of 19 and 13 yards by Kelly.

Stratford threatened again on their next possession, but Antigo was saved by the clock. Tigers’ quarterback Mark Handrick connected with Eli Drexler for 17 yards, Ehrike for 17 on a screen pass and Erhrike for 10, part of a drive that took Stratford to the Antigo 18 yard line before time expired and the game went to the half.

First half was a back-and -forth battle, Schofield said. Not being able to punch it in before the half hurt, we just couldn’t finish.

The Robins seemingly were close to breaking big runs throughout the first half, but Stratford seemed to find a saving tackle, tripping up the Robins before they could find daylight.

Its a game of inches, Schofield noted. We were inches away from breaking off big plays.

Momentum looked like it might be headed the Robins way in the third quarter, when Handrick fumbled on a keeper in Antigo territory and C.J. Levis made the recovery.

Winter then hooked up with Dominic Smith on a 28 yard pass play to the Stratford 36 yard line, followed by a 13 yard run by Kelly and a five yard run by Schmidt, but Winter would cough it up and a Stratford defender recovered, with Austin Arlen making a touchdown saving tackle on the Robins 45 yard line.

Stratford took the momentum back and never relinquished it, as the ensuing 45 yard drive was finished off on a 15 yard touchdown pass by Handrick to Vaughn Breit, and a two point conversion pass made it a 15-0 game.

The Robins punted on their next possession and Stratford continued to wear down the Robins front with Ehrike leading the way on the ground. The Stratford junior capped off the 50 yard scoring drive with a two yard plunge, with extra point no good, the score stood at 21-0.

Antigo turned the ball over on downs with their next attempt on offense, and Teddy Redman went 34 yards for a score to put the finishing touches on the 28-0 romp.

I was disappointed how we were worn down physically, Schofield said. But being worn down mentally is what really hurts. Guys missing assignments, you have to be able to pick your heads up like we did against Berlin, we didn’t do it tonight.

Redman finished with 50 yards rushing on the night, complimenting his backfield mate Erhike’s 113. Handrick complete 10 of 13 passes for Stratford, finishing with a total of 100 yards through the air.

Kelly led Antigo in rushing with 71 yards, Smith had 38, Schmidt ran for 24 yards and Winter finished with 22.

Antigo did have three sacks on the defensive side, coming courtesy of Kelly, Casey Lucas and Mike Zabrowski.

If we played this game again, I really feel it could go the other way, Schofield noted. We had our chances and didn’t capitalize, they did.

The Robins fall to 1-1 on the season, while Stratford improves to 1-1. Coach Schofield’s squad will next open Great Northern Conference play Friday with the long trip to Ashland to take on the Oredockers.



Scoring Summary

Schofield Stadium

Stratford 28, Antigo 0

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017





STRATFORD 0 7 8 13— 28

ANTIGO 0 0 0 0— 0



Scoring Summary

Second Quarter-

Stratford TD— Kade Ehrike 3 yard run (kick good); Stratford 7, Antigo 0

Third Quarter-

Stratford TD— Vaughn Breit 15 yard pass from Mark Handrick (conversion good); Stratford 15, Antigo 0

Fourth Quarter-

Stratford TD— Kade Ehrike 2 yard run (kick failed); Stratford 21, Antigo 0

Stratford TD— Teddy Redman 34 yard run (kick good); Stratford 28, Antigo 0

Team Totals

Total Plays— Antigo 55, Stratford 55

Total Yards— Stratford 303, Antigo 182

Passing Yards— Stratford 100, Antigo 30

Rushing Yards— Stratford 203, Antigo 152

First Downs— Stratford 34, Antigo 17

Turnovers— Antigo 2, Stratford 1

Fumbles Lost— Antigo 2, Stratford 1

Penalties— Antigo 7, Stratford 4

Penalty Yards— Antigo 69, Stratford 25

Individual Stats

Antigo-

Passing— Winter 2-8, 30 yds.

Rushing— Kelly 13-71; Smith 13-38; Schmidt 6-24; Winter 8-22; Miller 2-10; Tischendorf 1-0

Receiving— Smith 1-29; Kelly 1-1

Stratford-

Passing— Handrick 10-13, 100, TD

Rushing— Ehrike 15-113, 2 TD; Redman 3-50, TD; Drexler 1-17; Handrick 2-15; Mathew Chapel 1-12; Becker 1-11; Schmitt 2-10

Receiving—Ehrike 5-43; Breit 2-28, TD; Drexler 1-17; Dehlinger 1-12; Bargender 1-11; Pankratz 1-6
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