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Week two of the high school football season presents another large challenge for the Antigo Red Robins.

A week after a 42-6 opening night loss to the Amherst Falcons, division five runner-up from a season ago and another perennial small school power, Stratford is the opponent under the lights in the home opener at Schofield Stadium.

The Tigers are ranked seventh in the medium division of the first state poll released this week.

“After breaking down the film in all aspects of the game, the players and coaches are looking to step it up against Stratford,” head coach Tom Schofield said. “During practice we stressed the importance of playing mistake-free football.”

The Robins failed to do that in the opener, a disheartening affair which was never close. Amherst scored early and often, dominating both sides of the ball in the win, now it's time to improve against a perhaps even tougher non-conference opponent.

“Every player has a job to do on the field and it takes all 11 to play together as a team,” Schofield added. “We must maintain blocks, have great vision, tackle well and win the turnover ratio.”

Stratford, runners-up in the Marawood Conference behind Edgar a season ago, made it all the way to the D5 state title game where a fourth quarter lead slipped away in a 20-17 loss to St. Mary's Springs. This season, the Tigers are out to finish what they started.

Included on the Stratford regular season schedule was a 28-8 early-season win at Antigo. A game which was competitive until a key second half turnover shifted the game in Stratford's favor.

In its opener, Stratford whipped Spencer/Columbus Catholic 41-0 in what was a dominant defensive performance, mixed with an efficiency on offense.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic was held to just 28 total yards of offense, all coming on the ground, while Stratford racked up 220 yards, including 157 rushing.

The Tigers are deep in the backfield, and the Robins will likely see near-fresh legs throughout the game. A total of seven backs carried the ball against Spencer/Columbus Catholic, with Beau Gross leading the way with 47 yards on just six carries. Teddy Redman needed seven carries to gain 34 yards.

Senior quarterback Max Schwabe was solid in Stratford's win, completing seven of 11 passes for 63 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His favorite target was tight end Vaughn Breit, also a senior, who caught three passes for 27 yards and two scores. Matt Handrick and Devin Dennee both came up with big catches, of 19 and 15 yards respectively. Handrick's catch was a third quarter touchdown.

Defending an experienced and confident signal caller through the air will be a challenge for a young Antigo secondary, which allowed similar passing numbers against Amherst.

When on offense, the Robins will likely need to know where numbers 23 and 66 are. Stratford linebackers Justin Schoenherr and Trevor Dennee combined for 22 tackles in the week one win.

As far as the Robins, it was difficult to get a read on the Robins' new “pistol” look on offense, with Amherst consistently winning the battle at the line of scrimmage, but with a game under its belt, Antigo hopes for what sometimes happens in prep football, a big improvement from week one to week two.

Quarterback Nevin Cornelius threw for 60 yards against the Falcons, and began to click with tight end Alec Hotchkiss during at least one drive late in the first half, but the Robins know they will need to be better on the ground to make the pass game more effective.

Cornelius was Antigo's leading rusher with just 18 yards. Look for more of Noah Musolff, Dakota Matuszewski and Chris Krueger out of the backfield this week, with senior Isaac Wickersheim still sidelined after a recent illness.

With the conference opener slated for next week, the Robins could use a bit of a confidence-building performance, and playing before a sizable and enthusiastic home crowd might help do the trick.

“Everyone is anxious to get under the Friday night lights at Schofield Stadium,” Schofield said.

Other games for Great Northern Conference teams this week, all non-conference, includes Rhinelander playing at Tomahawk tonight, while Friday sees Medford home to Chippewa Falls, Northland Pines hosting Lakeland, Mosinee travels to Iola-Scandinavia and Ashland hosts the newly-renamed Hurley North Stars.

Kickoff for Antigo and Stratford is set for 7 p.m.
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No rest for the weary, Robins look to rebound in week two
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Week two of the high school football season presents another large challenge for the Antigo Red Robins.

A week after a 42-6 opening night loss to the Amherst Falcons, division five runner-up from a season ago and another perennial small school power, Stratford is the opponent under the lights in the home opener at Schofield Stadium.

The Tigers are ranked seventh in the medium division of the first state poll released this week.

“After breaking down the film in all aspects of the game, the players and coaches are looking to step it up against Stratford,” head coach Tom Schofield said. “During practice we stressed the importance of playing mistake-free football.”

The Robins failed to do that in the opener, a disheartening affair which was never close. Amherst scored early and often, dominating both sides of the ball in the win, now it's time to improve against a perhaps even tougher non-conference opponent.

“Every player has a job to do on the field and it takes all 11 to play together as a team,” Schofield added. “We must maintain blocks, have great vision, tackle well and win the turnover ratio.”

Stratford, runners-up in the Marawood Conference behind Edgar a season ago, made it all the way to the D5 state title game where a fourth quarter lead slipped away in a 20-17 loss to St. Mary's Springs. This season, the Tigers are out to finish what they started.

Included on the Stratford regular season schedule was a 28-8 early-season win at Antigo. A game which was competitive until a key second half turnover shifted the game in Stratford's favor.

In its opener, Stratford whipped Spencer/Columbus Catholic 41-0 in what was a dominant defensive performance, mixed with an efficiency on offense.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic was held to just 28 total yards of offense, all coming on the ground, while Stratford racked up 220 yards, including 157 rushing.

The Tigers are deep in the backfield, and the Robins will likely see near-fresh legs throughout the game. A total of seven backs carried the ball against Spencer/Columbus Catholic, with Beau Gross leading the way with 47 yards on just six carries. Teddy Redman needed seven carries to gain 34 yards.

Senior quarterback Max Schwabe was solid in Stratford's win, completing seven of 11 passes for 63 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His favorite target was tight end Vaughn Breit, also a senior, who caught three passes for 27 yards and two scores. Matt Handrick and Devin Dennee both came up with big catches, of 19 and 15 yards respectively. Handrick's catch was a third quarter touchdown.

Defending an experienced and confident signal caller through the air will be a challenge for a young Antigo secondary, which allowed similar passing numbers against Amherst.

When on offense, the Robins will likely need to know where numbers 23 and 66 are. Stratford linebackers Justin Schoenherr and Trevor Dennee combined for 22 tackles in the week one win.

As far as the Robins, it was difficult to get a read on the Robins' new “pistol” look on offense, with Amherst consistently winning the battle at the line of scrimmage, but with a game under its belt, Antigo hopes for what sometimes happens in prep football, a big improvement from week one to week two.

Quarterback Nevin Cornelius threw for 60 yards against the Falcons, and began to click with tight end Alec Hotchkiss during at least one drive late in the first half, but the Robins know they will need to be better on the ground to make the pass game more effective.

Cornelius was Antigo's leading rusher with just 18 yards. Look for more of Noah Musolff, Dakota Matuszewski and Chris Krueger out of the backfield this week, with senior Isaac Wickersheim still sidelined after a recent illness.

With the conference opener slated for next week, the Robins could use a bit of a confidence-building performance, and playing before a sizable and enthusiastic home crowd might help do the trick.

“Everyone is anxious to get under the Friday night lights at Schofield Stadium,” Schofield said.

Other games for Great Northern Conference teams this week, all non-conference, includes Rhinelander playing at Tomahawk tonight, while Friday sees Medford home to Chippewa Falls, Northland Pines hosting Lakeland, Mosinee travels to Iola-Scandinavia and Ashland hosts the newly-renamed Hurley North Stars.

Kickoff for Antigo and Stratford is set for 7 p.m.
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