Posted at: 09/06/2013 2:34 AM
Updated at: 09/06/2013 2:38 AM
By: Eyewitness Sports
It is a red-hot rivalry and even involves a hammer! Friday night, the rivalry renews for the prep football teams from Proctor and Hermantown.
Hermantown has won the last two head-to-head games in the rivalry, which dates back to the 1940's. So far, the Hawks are 0-1 after a 24-20 loss at Moose Lake/Willow River to start the season last Thursday.
Proctor comes into the game with a 1-0 record after defeating Pine City 28-12 at home last Friday in their season opener.
While the rivalry dates back many decades, according to an article in the Hermantown Library Archives, 'The Hammer' trophy wasn't introduced to it until 1995. Proctor hasn't had it since 2010 and they're determined to take it back.
"To be honest, my record is 0-2 playing for Proctor against Hermantown for 'The Hammer' and this week is going to be unbelieveable with students fired up and pep assemblies, it is unreal," says Senior LB/RB Calen Porter.
"A huge game for us and it kind of determines our section and conference and I'd say if we win this game, I feel like we have a good chance of winning our conference," says Senior Offensive Lineman Andrew Kiminki.
For Hermantown, they say their key to success will come from good old-fashioned teamwork.
"I would say that our biggest strength is that our strength is like a unit. We are very close knit and we can stick together and fix things and talk through things," says Senior Tight End Cade Zacharias.
"Staying together and not letting things get to use off the field, that will be about it," says Senior Offensive Guard Nathan Gaus.
Hermantown hosts Proctor for their 63rd meeting. Game time is at 7:00 pm on Friday night.