Hodags win the Axe and playoff game
Photos by Bob Mainhardt
The football playoffs began Friday with a two game maximum for all teams, in four-team pods. Win your first game and you play again on Thursday. The Hodags’ four-team pod included the Lakeland T-Birds, Wausau West and Mosinee. Wausau West forfeited their game to Mosinee for health reasons so the winner of the Hodag, T-Bird contest will next play Mosinee.
Friday night was also the game for the Axe that the Hodags won back last year and wanted to keep. The T-Birds scored first but did not score the point after and led 0-6. The Hodags came back to tie the score as the point after kick was blocked. Lakeland would score two more touchdowns and make good on one two-point conversion as the Hodags would score with 14 seconds left in the half and miss the two-point try to end the half down 12-20.
The second half scoring was all Rhinelander as the Hodags scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, a two-point conversion on a pass to Jackson Labs after the first to make the score 20-20. The second touchdown was followed by the extra point kick with 1:59 left in the game.
The defense would hold after the kickoff from the Lakeland 30 yard line due to two 15-yard penalties after the Hodag extra point kick. Quinn Lamers squib kicked the ball and Lakeland recovered the ball at their own 11 yard line.