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Run ends, memorable season over for Antigo with 42-7 level three loss
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An outstanding season came to a crushing end on Friday night, as Rice Lake used a ball control offense and took advantage of uncharacteristic Antigo mistakes to bury the Red Robins 42-7 in a WIAA level three football playoff contest at Schofield Stadium.

The loss ended a memorable year in which the Robins won the Great Northern Conference title outright, finished with 10 victories, including nine straight, and advanced to level three of the postseason for the first time since 1987.

It was an amazing season, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. We put so much time in the offseason, I told the boys we started in late July and now its snowing on me, we accomplished things that haven’t been done here in a long time.

Rice Lake showed the Robins what the next level looks like, outgaining them in total yards 346 to 176 and doing something few opponents could do this season, outgaining them on the ground, with 203 rush yards to Antigo’s 154.

Hats off to Rice Lake they are a well coached team, Schofield added. We had some missed assignments we didn’t have earlier in the year, but I’m proud of our boys for never quitting, they continued to fight.

The biggest surprise was the Warriors’ pass game, as quarterback Preston Buckley attempted 16 passes, completing nine for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Buckley had thrown just 70 passes all season.

We worked on shutting down the run and overall we did well, Schofield noted. They have weapons when they go to the air and their quarterback throws a good ball, he was able to sit back and pick us apart, we couldn’t get pressure on him.

Antigo hung with Rice Lake for a majority of the first half. The Warriors scored on their opening possession, as Buckley went for the big play, hitting the team’s leading receiver Averie Habas for a 42 yard touchdown strike and a 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by a Buckley 18 yard run and a 23 yard pass to halfback Billy Brown.

The Robins drove on their next possession, with Matt Winter keying the drive on runs of 13 and six yards, as well a 22 yard pass to wide receiver Brennen Spencer. Winter rolled to his right on the play and made the tough throw back to the left. Unfortunately the drive will be remembered for the pass completion that wasn’t, as a wide open Spencer dropped a pass on fourth down that looked like an easy touchdown.

The lead remained at seven for Rice Lake until midway through the second quarter, when the Warriors drove 71 yards for another score. Fullback Brandon Sutton ripped off a 30 yard run and Buckley converted a key fourth and one with a six yard gain. It set up Buckley’s second touchdown pass, a 19 yarder to Habas for the 14-0 lead.

Antigo’s next possession ended in a turnover, as a strong kickoff return by Thomas Nelson to the 46 yard line was all for naught, as Winter was intercepted by Sam Bilese three plays later. The pick was the first thrown by Winter this season.

The first interception came at a bad time, Schofield said. Winter threw back across his body into double coverage when he could ran for a first down, it’s something he normally doesn’t do.

Rice Lake took command on its next possession. The Warriors converted two key fourth downs on the drive, and finished with an 11 yard touchdown pass to DeAirus Clerveaux to take a 21-0 lead to the locker room.

The Warriors received the kickoff to begin the second half and put the game well out of reach with a time consuming drive that took nearly seven and a half minutes off the clock. Again the surprising passing attack worked for Rice Lake with two 11 yard strikes from Buckley to Habas, and the Warriors’ signal caller took it in himself at the conclusion of the drive from four yards out to make it 28-0.

Rice Lake added another touchdown courtesy of Winter’s second interception just minutes later. John Kohler recorded the pick six to put the game in running clock with a 35 point lead.

The fourth quarter saw Antigo finally get on the board with a six yard touchdown run by Winter.

Rice Lake added another score also, as the reserves got in on the action. Backup Tyson Tomesh threw a two yard touchdown pass to Austin Reidt to complete the 42-7 final.

Habas led Rice Lake in receiving with 91 yards on five receptions and two touchdowns.

Buckley was the Warriors’ leading rusher with 83 yards on 14 carries. Brandon Sutton ran for 73 yards on 13 attempts.

Adam Schmidt finished his career by leading Antigo in rushing with 64 yards. Winter added 36 and Jericho Kelly 33.

The game was the final contest for Antigo’s large group of 25 seniors.

I want to wish all of them the best of luck, they are great kids, Schofield said. They have made memories that they will reminisce on one day, they formed many friendships, it was an emotional night.

The Robins finish 10-2 overall, while Rice Lake moves to 9-2 and advance to play Notre Dame Academy, who handled West De Pere 28-7 Friday night. The game will be a rematch of a level four game won by Notre Dame 35-17 a year ago.

Scoring Summary

Schofield Stadium

WIAA Div. 3 Level 3 Playoffs

Rice Lake 42, Antigo 7

Friday Nov. 3, 2017



RICE LAKE 14 7 14 7— 42

ANTIGO 0 0 0 7— 7



Scoring Summary

First Quarter-

Rice Lake TD— Averie Habas 42 yard pass from Preston Buckley (kick good); Rice Lake 7, Antigo 0

Second Quarter-

Rice Lake TD— Averie Habas 19 yard pass from Preston Buckley (kick good); Rice Lake 14, Antigo 0

Rice Lake TD— DeAirus Clearveaux 11 yard pass from Preston Buckley (kick good); Rice Lake 21, Antigo 0

Third Quarter-

Rice Lake TD— Preston Buckley 3 yard run (kick good); Rice Lake 28, Antigo 0

Rice Lake TD— John Kohler 24 yard interception return (kick good); Rice Lake 35, Antigo 0

Fourth Quarter-

Antigo TD— Matt Winter 6 yard run (kick good); Rice Lake 35, Antigo 7

Rice Lake TD— Austin Reidt 2 yard pass from Tyson Tomesh (kick good); Rice Lake 42, Antigo 7

Team Totals

Total Plays— Rice Lake 63, Antigo 40

Total Yards— Rice Lake 346, Antigo 176

Passing Yards— Rice Lake 143, Antigo 22

Rushing Yards— Rice Lake 203, Antigo 154

First Downs— Rice Lake 23, Antigo 14

Turnovers— Antigo 2, Rice Lake 0

Penalties— Rice Lake 7, Antigo 4

Penalty Yards— Antigo 61, Rice Lake 43

Individual Stats

Antigo-

Passing— Winter 1-5, 22 yds., 2 INT

Rushing— Schmidt 13-64; Winter 7-36, TD; Kelly 10-33; Smith 5-21

Receiving— Spencer 1-22

Rice Lake-

Passing— Buckley 9-16, 141 yds., 3 TD; Tomesh 1-2, 2 yds., TD

Rushing— Buckley 14-83, TD; Sutton 13-73; M. Clerveaux 1-27; D. Clerveaux 4-21; Brown 6-9; Tomesh 1-5; Stodola 2-2; Drost 2-1

Receiving— Habas 5-91, 2 TD; Brown 2-28; D. Clerveaux 1-11, TD; Bednarek 1-11; Reidt 1-2
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Run ends, memorable season over for Antigo with 42-7 level three loss
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An outstanding season came to a crushing end on Friday night, as Rice Lake used a ball control offense and took advantage of uncharacteristic Antigo mistakes to bury the Red Robins 42-7 in a WIAA level three football playoff contest at Schofield Stadium.

The loss ended a memorable year in which the Robins won the Great Northern Conference title outright, finished with 10 victories, including nine straight, and advanced to level three of the postseason for the first time since 1987.

It was an amazing season, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. We put so much time in the offseason, I told the boys we started in late July and now its snowing on me, we accomplished things that haven’t been done here in a long time.

Rice Lake showed the Robins what the next level looks like, outgaining them in total yards 346 to 176 and doing something few opponents could do this season, outgaining them on the ground, with 203 rush yards to Antigo’s 154.

Hats off to Rice Lake they are a well coached team, Schofield added. We had some missed assignments we didn’t have earlier in the year, but I’m proud of our boys for never quitting, they continued to fight.

The biggest surprise was the Warriors’ pass game, as quarterback Preston Buckley attempted 16 passes, completing nine for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Buckley had thrown just 70 passes all season.

We worked on shutting down the run and overall we did well, Schofield noted. They have weapons when they go to the air and their quarterback throws a good ball, he was able to sit back and pick us apart, we couldn’t get pressure on him.

Antigo hung with Rice Lake for a majority of the first half. The Warriors scored on their opening possession, as Buckley went for the big play, hitting the team’s leading receiver Averie Habas for a 42 yard touchdown strike and a 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by a Buckley 18 yard run and a 23 yard pass to halfback Billy Brown.

The Robins drove on their next possession, with Matt Winter keying the drive on runs of 13 and six yards, as well a 22 yard pass to wide receiver Brennen Spencer. Winter rolled to his right on the play and made the tough throw back to the left. Unfortunately the drive will be remembered for the pass completion that wasn’t, as a wide open Spencer dropped a pass on fourth down that looked like an easy touchdown.

The lead remained at seven for Rice Lake until midway through the second quarter, when the Warriors drove 71 yards for another score. Fullback Brandon Sutton ripped off a 30 yard run and Buckley converted a key fourth and one with a six yard gain. It set up Buckley’s second touchdown pass, a 19 yarder to Habas for the 14-0 lead.

Antigo’s next possession ended in a turnover, as a strong kickoff return by Thomas Nelson to the 46 yard line was all for naught, as Winter was intercepted by Sam Bilese three plays later. The pick was the first thrown by Winter this season.

The first interception came at a bad time, Schofield said. Winter threw back across his body into double coverage when he could ran for a first down, it’s something he normally doesn’t do.

Rice Lake took command on its next possession. The Warriors converted two key fourth downs on the drive, and finished with an 11 yard touchdown pass to DeAirus Clerveaux to take a 21-0 lead to the locker room.

The Warriors received the kickoff to begin the second half and put the game well out of reach with a time consuming drive that took nearly seven and a half minutes off the clock. Again the surprising passing attack worked for Rice Lake with two 11 yard strikes from Buckley to Habas, and the Warriors’ signal caller took it in himself at the conclusion of the drive from four yards out to make it 28-0.

Rice Lake added another touchdown courtesy of Winter’s second interception just minutes later. John Kohler recorded the pick six to put the game in running clock with a 35 point lead.

The fourth quarter saw Antigo finally get on the board with a six yard touchdown run by Winter.

Rice Lake added another score also, as the reserves got in on the action. Backup Tyson Tomesh threw a two yard touchdown pass to Austin Reidt to complete the 42-7 final.

Habas led Rice Lake in receiving with 91 yards on five receptions and two touchdowns.

Buckley was the Warriors’ leading rusher with 83 yards on 14 carries. Brandon Sutton ran for 73 yards on 13 attempts.

Adam Schmidt finished his career by leading Antigo in rushing with 64 yards. Winter added 36 and Jericho Kelly 33.

The game was the final contest for Antigo’s large group of 25 seniors.

I want to wish all of them the best of luck, they are great kids, Schofield said. They have made memories that they will reminisce on one day, they formed many friendships, it was an emotional night.

The Robins finish 10-2 overall, while Rice Lake moves to 9-2 and advance to play Notre Dame Academy, who handled West De Pere 28-7 Friday night. The game will be a rematch of a level four game won by Notre Dame 35-17 a year ago.

Scoring Summary

Schofield Stadium

WIAA Div. 3 Level 3 Playoffs

Rice Lake 42, Antigo 7

Friday Nov. 3, 2017



RICE LAKE 14 7 14 7— 42

ANTIGO 0 0 0 7— 7



Scoring Summary

First Quarter-

Rice Lake TD— Averie Habas 42 yard pass from Preston Buckley (kick good); Rice Lake 7, Antigo 0

Second Quarter-

Rice Lake TD— Averie Habas 19 yard pass from Preston Buckley (kick good); Rice Lake 14, Antigo 0

Rice Lake TD— DeAirus Clearveaux 11 yard pass from Preston Buckley (kick good); Rice Lake 21, Antigo 0

Third Quarter-

Rice Lake TD— Preston Buckley 3 yard run (kick good); Rice Lake 28, Antigo 0

Rice Lake TD— John Kohler 24 yard interception return (kick good); Rice Lake 35, Antigo 0

Fourth Quarter-

Antigo TD— Matt Winter 6 yard run (kick good); Rice Lake 35, Antigo 7

Rice Lake TD— Austin Reidt 2 yard pass from Tyson Tomesh (kick good); Rice Lake 42, Antigo 7

Team Totals

Total Plays— Rice Lake 63, Antigo 40

Total Yards— Rice Lake 346, Antigo 176

Passing Yards— Rice Lake 143, Antigo 22

Rushing Yards— Rice Lake 203, Antigo 154

First Downs— Rice Lake 23, Antigo 14

Turnovers— Antigo 2, Rice Lake 0

Penalties— Rice Lake 7, Antigo 4

Penalty Yards— Antigo 61, Rice Lake 43

Individual Stats

Antigo-

Passing— Winter 1-5, 22 yds., 2 INT

Rushing— Schmidt 13-64; Winter 7-36, TD; Kelly 10-33; Smith 5-21

Receiving— Spencer 1-22

Rice Lake-

Passing— Buckley 9-16, 141 yds., 3 TD; Tomesh 1-2, 2 yds., TD

Rushing— Buckley 14-83, TD; Sutton 13-73; M. Clerveaux 1-27; D. Clerveaux 4-21; Brown 6-9; Tomesh 1-5; Stodola 2-2; Drost 2-1

Receiving— Habas 5-91, 2 TD; Brown 2-28; D. Clerveaux 1-11, TD; Bednarek 1-11; Reidt 1-2
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