By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point play one final regular season game and the stakes are high: the winner becomes the Wisconsin Valley Conference champion and gains momentum heading into the postseason.
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS vs. SPASH
Last week, it looked like Wisconsin Rapids was on its way to its first valley title since 1994, but a loss against Marshfield brought SPASH right back into the title picture and tonight's river jug rivalry game will determine the valley champion.
"We're trying to play our best football of the year right now," Wisconsin Rapids head coach Tony Biolo said. "We're going to do what we do, but at the same time, the rivalry game comes into it. The river jug is a big deal, playing Spash, it's always a big deal no matter what the records are or anything else. It just comes down to this game being for the conference title, so I think on every kid's mind on both sides of the ball, it is a big deal."
"The past is just that. These guys aren't concerned about what happened last year and that's a neat thing," SPASH head coach Pete McAdams said. "Wisconsin Rapids has had a great season and they stumbled last week and Marshfield outplayed them and won a game, but they're going to be very, very hungry and our kids know that."
The Panthers have dominated this rivalry in recent years, winning three straight and seven of eight overall, but Wisconsin Rapids hoping for a change of luck here at home tonight as they hope to capture a conference title heading into postseason play.
Online reporter: Sean Giggy