Tomahawk falls to Rhinelander in first game at Hatchet Field
By Jalen Maki
Tomahawk Leader Editor
TOMAHAWK – The Tomahawk Hatchet football team hosted Rhinelander for its season opener on Friday, Aug. 20, and fell to the Hodags by a score of 32-0.
The season-opening loss was the first game played on the newly-renovated Hatchet Field, which was completed last year after three years of fundraising, design and construction.
The Hatchet Pride Project raised more than $2 million, largely through private donors and sponsors, to make numerous upgrades to the field, including a track, synthetic field, bleacher system, lighting, concession stand, ticket booth and entrance. The new athletic field also has an improved surface and infrastructure.
The Hodags’ first score in the shutout win over Tomahawk came in the first quarter, when a Hatchet fumble set up the Hodags at the Hatchets’ 22 yard line. A three-yard touchdown run by Rhinelander put them up 6-0.
Later in the first quarter, a 56-yard pass set the Hodags up for a two-yard touchdown run, extending their lead to 12-0.
The Hodags were able to tack on 14 more points in the second quarter and six more in the third to ultimately seal the 32-0 victory.
Tomahawk quarterback Tyler Jablonski went 8 for 22 with 100 passing yards and two interceptions. Ryan Skees had 26 yards off two rushes, while Jake Kaminski reeled in seven catches for 46 yards.
The Hatchets will take on Lakeland at Hatchet Field on Friday, Aug. 27, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.