By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin Sports.net
Green Bay– With still over a week before the season openers, and nearly two months before the teams face off on the gridiron, the Stevens Point Area Senior High and Wisconsin Rapids football teams are set to square off in a simple exhibition.
During today’s preseason game between the Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field, the Panthers and Raiders will face off in a halftime feature dubbed the “High School Quarterback Challenge.”
Each team will have a coach along with their quarterback and two receivers. Each receiver will have a chance to catch the ball and the team that completes their passes and moves furthest down the field will win the competition.
For SPASH, quarterback Sam Simmons will be looking to connect with receivers Ger Lor and Mason King while Rapids’ quarterback Jake Mancl will be targeting receivers Isaiah Westfall and Keegan Hewitt.
“We really didn’t know anything about it when the Packers asked us to be part of it,” Rapids coach Tony Biolo said. “It would be during our regular scheduled practice and would take time away from our guys, but this is a huge chance for a couple of our guys to be on the field at Lambeau Field and play in front of that many people. We can’t take that chance away from them.”
Rapids and Point will square off October 6 at South Wood County Field, and although this competition has no bearing what-so-ever on the game in October, some bragging rights are on the line.
It also is potentially the first time former members of the Panthers and Raiders programs will square off on the “Frozen Tundra” as in week 7 of the NFL season, the New Orleans Saints come to town. Ryan Ramczyk, a 2012 graduate of SPASH, was drafted with the No. 32 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, while Vince Biegel, a 2012 grad from Rapids, was selected with the first pick of the fourth round by the Packers. Ramczyk and Biegel were teammates at Wisconsin before the draft festivities.