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Game of the Week: Posen Brings Hometown Advantage into Rivalry Game with Hillman

It’s a new week which means local high school football teams are gearing up for their week three matchups. WBKB Sports has chosen the rivalry feud between the Posen Vikings and the Hillman Tigers as our Game of the Week.

The Hillman Tigers are heading for enemy territory on Thursday night. The team consists of a youthful roster eager to make a name for themselves. With a 0-2 record to start the season, the Tigers are aiming to play a high quality game in Posen. Head Coach Cody Allen is ready to take on the Vikings in front of a packed crowd. “You try to feed off the crowd,” he said. “Whether you’re trying to silence them or build them up at home games.”

The Vikings have the home field advantage for the first time this season. Excitement surrounds the town whether it be for the upcoming game, or the Posen Potato Festival which kicks off on Friday. Either way, the Vikings can expect a big crowd in the stands cheering the team on. Head Coach Greg Pietsch knows his players will put on a show for their hometown. “It’s not so much our opponent or the Potato Festival,” he said. “It’s on executing and playing really tough Posen football.”

The two teams are separated by only 25 minutes. Simply put, a rivalry game is in the cards for Thursday night. “You have to carry a chip on your shoulder to rivalry games,” said Allen. “We’re the underdog so we have to work twice as hard to get there.”

Posen defeated Hillman by just six points in last year’s game. When it comes to the Tigers, the Vikings know anything is possible. “The records don’t matter,” said Pietsch. “We know it’s going to be a tough game because it’s Hillman.”

The Vikings welcome in Hillman on September 7 at 7 p.m.