By Sean Giggy
(WAOW) - The war on 64, version 2.0 will commence tonight when Antigo and Merrill meet for the second time this season.
Wausau West faces off with Appleton North, trying to knock off the team that has eliminated them each of the Warriors' last three trips to the playoffs.
Also, top-ranked Edgar faces Athens in a matchup of some of the top running teams in the area.
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When Merrill and Antigo met earlier this season, it was the Blue Jays that came up with a key, late interception to seal a 21-14 win. But since that game, the Red Robins have rattled off five straight wins and feel their hitting their stride heading in to postseason play.
"That's why we play good competition early," Antigo head coach John Lund said. "See what we gotta do and as we told them after that game against Merrill, if we take care of our business, maybe we'll get another shot at them and it turned out to be round one."
"Our kids work 12 months of the year in the weight room for the opportunity to play games like this," Merrill head coach Tom Tourtillott said. "We're excited about putting ourselves in a position and we're not going to get into all the hype or anything else. We know that we have to come out and play our best game and if that happens, we're going to walk off the field victorious."
Both coaches said this wind and rain will definitely be a factor in tonight's game and that could be a good thing for Merrill. In the last game against Antigo, the Blue Jays rushed for nearly 200 yards, while the Red Robins got most of their yards through the air.
Online reporter: Sean Giggy