Packers defense continues to be key to victorySubmitted: 10/12/2015
GREEN BAY - The Packers colors shined bright at Lambeau Sunday.

The Green and Gold extended its record to 5-0.

They beat the St. Louis Rams 24-10.

But Aaron Rodgers threw his first interception at home since 2012.

And he ended up throwing two.

But Green Bay's defense intercepted the Rams four times.

Rodgers says the defense is picking up the slack.

"We struggled on offense the last couple weeks so they've been excellent," Rodgers said. "They exploded with the turnovers today. The pick six was big in the fourth quarter from Q and obviously when you turn the ball over, you get picks in the redzone that directly impacts the game taking points off the board."

Rodgers noted that the Packers have played three NFC West teams in a row.

That division is known for its defense.

He said the offense needs to start getting into better rhythm.

"We need to play a little bit better on offense," Rodgers said. "We've had a lot of success over the years you know moving the ball efficiently. Defense setting us up with some short fields some three and outs some turnovers we're used to putting those things in the endzone,"

Rodgers says that they can start putting the ball in the endzone more if they adjust better and run better routes.

The Packers will play the San Diego Chargers Sunday at 3:25 PM in Green Bay.

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CRANDON - Crandon's Quarterback Kyle Wagner started things off Friday with a quarterback keeper to give the Cardinals a six point lead early.

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RHINELANDER - Antigo will hold on to the coveted Bell Trophy after defeating Rhinelander Friday night.

The two teams were tied at seven in the third when Brandon Reinthaler was able to convert the 4th down with a sneak. It set up a touchdown pass to Luke Roberts to give the Hodags a seven point lead.

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WAUSAU - Appleton East stormed into Wausau to take on the West Warriors.

Things start off well for the Warriors.

Opening kickoff, Mitch Michalske plays the hop, and there's nobody there for about 50 yards.

Momentum is already with the home team.

A couple plays later, QB Chandler Fochs drops back.

He fires to Sam Paoli on the other end.

Then Appleton says enough is enough.

They hold the Warriors to a long field goal, but that's where the West defense comes in.

A quick screen pass to the outside, and he's swallowed up like candy on Halloween.

A swarming Warriors D pitches a shutout.

West wins 20-0.

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MERRILL - In Great Northern Conference action, Mosinee trekked up Highway 51 to play second place Merrill, and it was the Indians with the early lead over the Blue Jays.

They're on the march here in the second quarter.

Landon Stepan takes the snap and gets flushed from the pocket.

Blue Jays all around him but he lets it fly.

He's got Jared Novitzke flying down the sideline.

He'll punch it in to extend Mosinee's lead.

Indians get the ball back before the half.

Less than two minutes on the game clock, but the drive took about 10-15 minutes in real time.

Indians dinking and dunking down the field, and they cap it off with this.

A second and a half left.

Bryce Graveen is double covered.

He might get away with a little push, but the adjustment nets him the touchdown.

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RHINELANDER/ANTIGO - One of the biggest football rivalries in Wisconsin will be renewed Friday.

Rhinelander will host Antigo in the 81st playing of the historic Bell Game.

"The Bell Game was always more than a rivalry," says former Rhinelander Athletic Director and Antigo player Charlie LaHam.

You'd be hard pressed to find a coach or player in northern Wisconsin who doesn't know about the storied Bell Game rivalry.

Gene Shepard, the man behind the Hodag legend, donated a bell from his ship as a traveling trophy for the winner of the rivalry.

The Hodags and the Red Robins have been playing for that bell since they were original members of the Wisconsin Valley Conference in 1935.

"I was watching my niece, who plays volleyball for Antigo, and while we were in Rhinelander's gym, Antigo's student section started cheering at us, during the midst of a volleyball game, 'We got the bell. We got the bell,'" says current Rhinelander coach and former Antigo player Gary Zarda. "So that brought it home to me how important this game is."

Since the start, Antigo leads the 80 year history of the game with a 51-27-2 record.

That includes a significant streak in the 1960's and 70's when Antigo won 12 straight. 

"It was a terrible, terrible feeling to think that Rhinelander would ring that bell on our field, and it felt the same when I was up here coaching," says LaHam.

Back then, players took losses a lot harder.

"I remember having potatoes thrown at bus as we left town," says LaHam. "I don't know what our fan base did to here. And I know that there were people who tried to steal the bell from the schools. You know, little pranks. One year, not all that long ago, but while my nephew was playing, they came up here and fertilized our football field and burned part of it."

For all the bad blood, it might not be what's different about the schools that fuels the fire.

"I think high school players are high school players, and that's one of the things, I think, makes the rivalry special," says Zarda. "We're two very similar towns, two very similar student bodies, and I think that that contributes to the rivalry rather than there having to be some sort of difference."

That's why, 80 years later, the candle still holds a flame.

"This is a game that means a ton to them," says Zarda. "It's a game that they literally feel in their bones, and we hope that they get the pay off after all of that hard work."

It's also why you'll see the Red Robins and Hodags trying to ring the bell for years to come.

"I think, just the fact that this has gone on for so long, that people are pretty proud of the rivalry, actually, on both sides," says LaHam.

Rhinelander will try to end their eight year Bell drought Friday at Mike Webster Stadium. 

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MEDFORD - Medford runs past Rhinelander 36-7 Friday night in Medford.

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MARATHON - Marathon defeats Edgar 16-8 Friday night in Edgar.

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MADISON - The Badgers pulled off an important win Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The win kept the team from losing its first two big ten games of 2015.

Joel Stave led a late drive to set up a game winning field goal by Rafael Gaglianone.

Coach Paul Chryst talked to the media Monday.

He noted the strong performance by a banged up offensive line.

"I think offensively we throw it 50 some times," Badgers Coach Paul Chryst said. "I thought guys did a pretty good job of protecting and I thought Joel stood in there and took some hits on those."
The Badgers were also able to establish a running game.

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers turned the ball over three times in Sunday's 24-10 win over St. Louis.

The defense helped seal the win with another great performance.

They picked off Rams quarterback Nick Foles four times.

That includes the first two career picks for rookie Quinten Rollins.

It helped lift a not-so-sharp offense.

"It's been fun to watch the last two weeks," says Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who turned the ball over all three times. "We struggled on offense the last couple weeks, so they've been excellent. They've kind of exploded with the turnovers today. That pick six was big in the first quarter for us from Q[uinten Rollins], and then obviously, when you turn the ball over, you get picks in the red zone, that just directly impacts the game. Taking points off the board."

Coaches say this wasn't a typical win.

"Scrappy, a lot of adversity, up and down, but heck, it's great to have those kind of wins, and so 5-0 feels good," says Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

The Packers will play San Diego next week at Lambeau.

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GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers almost went three whole years without throwing an interception at home.

Minnesota's Harrison Smith was the last to do it in December of 2012.

Not only did Rodgers throw one pick in Sunday's 24-10 win over St. Louis, but two.

He hasn't thrown two interceptions in a game at home since Minnesota came to town in 2010.

Rodgers threw an astounding 586 passes between his last pick at home and Sunday.

"Yeah, it was fun," says Rodgers. "It was a lot of fun. Just have to start a new one. I figured I might as well break the streak with a couple interceptions today. But streaks are meant to be broken, so it's fun to put something together like that but I'm sure somebody will come along at some point and put up 600 in a row, maybe."

The team obviously doesn't like turning the ball over, but coaches say they'll learn from it.

"Aaron is human," says Head Coach Mike McCarthy. "I think, just like anytime you have a takeaway on defense or you have a giveaway on offense, you break it down. You evaluate it. You go through it and you learn from it."

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GREEN BAY - The Packers kept things rolling Sunday in San Francisco.

The team extended its record to 4-0.

The Green Bay offense fought hard to put up 17 points.

The Packers defense helped lead the team to victory.

But Coach Mike McCarthy said it was a week four type of game.

"This is week four of the NFL, this is how it goes," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "You've got to find ways to win these games. It's never as clean as you'd like but it's never as bad as you think either."

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GREEN BAY - Green Bay defeated the San Francisco 49ers 17-3 Sunday in Santa Clara.

The Packers are now 4-0.

The Packers ended the day with 166 more yards of offense than the 49ers.

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