Rhinelander and Antigo prepare for 84th Bell Game Submitted: 09/12/2018
Mazie Vincent
Mazie Vincent
Sports Anchor/Reporter

Rhinelander and Antigo prepare for 84th Bell Game
NORTHWOODS - Antigo will host Rhinelander in the 84th playing of the historic bell game tomorrow.

Antigo leads the 83-year history of the game with 54 wins, 27 losses and two ties.

But this year, the odds are pretty equal for both teams.

Antigo is 1-3 on the season while only beating Lakeland.

The Reb Robins have also recorded less passing and rushing yards than the Hodags.

Antigo head coach Tom Schofield says the rivalry win is never an easy fight.

"Rhinelander comes out and plays a hard, tough game and they really want this win, we really want this win," said Schofield. "It's going to be a competitive hard hitting game and you know of course we want to come out on top and ring that bell."

Despite Antigo's winning streak, the Hodags prepare each year to bring that bell back to Rhinelander.

The Hodags are 1-3 on the season too, but have yet to win a conference game.

On paper, Rhinelander leads Antigo in all areas, averaging over 200 total yards a game.

Former Hodag player and now head coach Chris Ferge wants nothing more than his team to experience ringing and painting that bell green.

"It's more than a game. It's for your town," said Ferge. "Both teams understand that. They've got tons of people telling them that. It's a positive thing that they want to do. It's a great thing that they have, I am very jealous that they have it, I didn't have it growing up. It's wonderful. It's everything and our guys are going to give it their all."

Many Hodag players say the Bell Game is the hardest but most exciting game of the season.

"It's just going to be a very great opportunity because many conferences don't have this, it's like a super bowl for us," said Hodag senior Josh Francisco.

Rhinelander will look to beat Antigo's 11 game win streak on Friday at 7 P.M at Schofield Field. 

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