Eight events test strength, skill of players

Eight events test strength, skill of players

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Eight events test strength, skill of players

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Stratford junior Hunter Kauffman thought the sled push was killer.

John Rupel, a senior at Tomahawk, begged to differ. Ruper noted the tractor-tire flip as the toughest event of the inaugural Rich Seubert Lineman Challenge Saturday morning at rain-soaked Tiger Stadium.

Those two events, along with six others comprised the challenge, specifically for the big guys up front on a football team.

“I think it was great,” Kauffman said. “There were some challenging events to do and we got to get together as a group and compete as a team. Linemen don’t get a lot of glory. The quarterbacks and running backs score the touchdowns, but people don’t take time to think how they get there, it’s the big guys up front.”

Rupel noted that the rainy conditions made the tire flip difficult.

“Some guys made it look really easy, but it was so wet that it was tough to get a good grip,” he said. “You had to make sure to use your legs and not your back, when lifting it.”

Seubert, a Stratford native, played his entire NFL career with the New York Giants. Seubert was a member of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII championship team, and currently is the offensive line coach at Mission College Prep High School in Saint Luis Obispo, Calif., helped organize the event with new Stratford coach Jason Tubbs.

“I first saw it (lineman challenge) out east and then later when I coached high school football in California,” said Seubert, who played high school ball for Marshfield Columbus Catholic and went to Western Illinois. “Skill players have 7-on-7 during the summer, but there isn’t much for linemen and this is a way for them to come out and work as a team.

“I think we made it challenging,” he added. “And I think it should be. You get to see where you are as a group, and if you compete well you can feel good about yourselves or you might realize you need to work harder.”

Added Tubbs, “The number one goal for this event today was to give the big guys a way to compete other than push plates around in the weight room. Rich came up with the idea after doing our lineman camp last year and put it together and we hope it grows next year.”

There were 16 teams at the challenge, both varsity and JV, with Chetek traveling more than two hours to attend the event.

“It’s been a fun day,” Rupel said. “It was fun to compete and get to know the other teams.”

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