A couple of longtime rivals meet in football in Wisner Friday night as Wisner-Pilger hosts West Point-Beemer. Gators’ Head Coach Brent Bauer says this game is a big deal.
“This is the biggest 11 man game in Cuming County with Wisner-Pilger and West Point-Beemer. It’s been a rivalry I think since the beginning of time. It means a lot to both towns to win this game, and these are kind of fun games to be a part of.”
The two teams last met in 2013 with the Cadets winning 34-14.
Cadets’ Head Coach Troy Schlueter is new to the rivalry.
“I’m actually just kind of learning about the rivalry cause this is my second year here. And I did not know that it was as intense as it is with some people. So I’m kind of excited about that, I love rivalry games, and looking forward to matching up with a good team this week.”
The Gators come in at 0-2 on the season while the Cadets are 1-1.
Wisner-Pilger lost 48-13 at home to Stanton last week and 28-6 at Crofton the week before. Bauer says injuries have taken their toll on his team.
“Oh one thing we’ve learned is at our level, of Class C-2 football, injuries can really mount up on you. And that’s been something that’s been kind of a negative habit I guess for our current team is we’re really been bit by the injury bug. We had some kids get hurt towards the end of baseball season there, and those injuries have kind of lingered onto football season. We’ve had a couple kids get injured since we’ve started practice as well.”
West Point-Beemer picked up their first win of the season last week, beating North Bend Central 19-13. Schlueter says it was nice to pick up that first win.
“Oh yeah absolutely. We were just really wanting to improve on every aspect of our game going into it. We got thumped pretty good by Arlington the week before. So anytime you’re a competitor, and you have a bad taste in your mouth, you’re kind of itching to get back on the field.”
Kickoff between the Gators and Cadets is slated for 7:00 p.m. with pregame at 6:40 on 107.9 the Bull.