- In less than six weeks football will be the main event every Friday in the Northwoods.
But until then high school teams are doing what they can to prepare for a brand new season.
The Rhinelander football team has spent the last four days going back to the basics with one goal in mind: working towards a winning season for the first time in decades.
"If you want to have it, you got to earn it. That is our motto this year, you want it, earn it," said senior player Nathan Kempf.
Hodag football finished up its summer team camp under first year head coach Aaron Kraemer.
"It was coming together as a team, picking up the tempo, getting the everyday drills ready, getting the fundamentals ready and ultimately working on blocking and tackling because obviously that's what's most important," Kraemer said.
We won't see too many changes to the Hodag strategies.
"You run, you jump, you block, you tackle and you can be pretty good football team," Kraemer said.
Kraemer wanted to focus on the fundamentals and laying the foundation for the regular season.
"My passion is for football and my passion is to get these kids to their best ability and reach their full potential," Kraemer said.
More than 40 kids came to camp, many of them being upper classmen.
Kraemer wants those guys to lead the program.
"Finally good to get out here after a long wait. I am very excited for what we have this year," Kempf said.
Nathan Kempf is one of three players gunning for the quarterback position.
All three of them got to showcase their skills this week.
"Really just understanding different formations, getting back to the basics and understanding three different formations we want to get down," Kempf said.
But this is just the beginning.
"Conference champs, the Bell Game there are so many things we want to get done this year," Kempf said.
The Hodags finished off team camp with a celebration.
Coach Kraemer invited all of the players and their families to a cook out after the last day of practice.
He said he wanted the families to know that their support matters and this season is a fresh start for Rhinelander football.