The Prescott High School Football Team is hoping to use its contest against Rhinelander this evening at Mike Webster Field in Rhinelander to snap a losing streak just as it did last season.
The win by the Cardinals over the Hodags at Laney Field in Prescott in last season's opener snapped an 11-game skid by the Cards, including an 0-9 mark in 2016. The Cards topped the Hodags in head head coach Kevin Haglund's very first game as head coach and won their next three ballgames as well.
However, PHS lost its next five games in a row, a streak the team is looking forward to breaking tonight.
"There's a confidence which is built from taking a lot of reps in practice and minutes played in the ballgames over the past few season but also feeling and knowing you're doing things right and can accomplish what you set out to do," Haglund said. "After the first three weeks of practice and our scrimmage last week in Osceola and all the time some of our players have put in over the past three seasons, our players have that confidence."
To beat the Hodags, the Cardinal will have to contain Rhinelander's spread, read-option offense led by returning running back Drake Martin. The 6-0, 215-pound junior rushed for over 1,100 yards last season. Rhinelander finished 3-6 overall, 2-4 in the Great Northern Conference in 2017 but won their final game of the regular season against Lakeland 49-34.
Haglund thinks turnovers will be crucial to the outcome of tonight's game, particularly an early-season contest.
"We have to control the football. We can't give them any freebies and we have to take it away from them," Haglund said recently in a radio interview on KDWA AM 1460/FM 97.7. "As I tell the kids, and they may think I'm being sarcastic, but it's simple, they don't have the ball they can't score and when we have it we have the chance to score."
While Rhinelander will be breaking in a new quarterback, Prescott returns starter Jonah Anderson along with All-MBC tight end and fellow senior Carson Stenroos and senior running back Ethan Luksich. Junior Joe Schulte, whose rushing yards helped the Cards' beat Rhinelander last season, will be on the line this season and play tight end as well on offense. Most if not all of Prescott's starters and returning players will play offense and defense.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Last year in Wisconsin, alcohol-related crashes resulted in 161 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.
"Whether it's caused by alcohol or any combination of legal or illegal drugs, impaired drivers endanger everyone along our roadways," said Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove. "During the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative, our officers will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours to help prevent impaired drivers from killing or injuring themselves or someone else."
While alcohol-impaired drivers remain a significant problem, a growing concern is drugged driving - people whose ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised by legal or illegal drugs including prescription and over-the-counter medications. To help combat the problem:
• Nearly 3,800 Wisconsin law enforcement officers have been trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to help detect and remove impaired drivers from the roadways
• Wisconsin has 276 Drug Recognition Experts - among the most in the nation
• There are 25 multi-jurisdictional, high-visibility OWl enforcement task forces operating throughout the year across the state
Rather than risk an OWl arrest or crash, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department urges drivers to follow these common sense suggestions:
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by calling 911. Provide as much detail as possible on the driver, vehicle, and location
• If you plan to celebrate, identify a sober designated driver. Never allow someone else to get behind the wheel impaired
• Download the free "Drive Sober" mobile app from the WisDOT website. The app includes a "find a ride" feature to help locate mass transit and taxi services
• Some taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons a safe ride home.
Visit www.tlw.org/ and click on Safe Ride
"With the public's help and through our year-round enforcement efforts, we're working to make our roadways as safe as possible for all travelers," said Hove.