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Rage end inaugural season with win

The Lake Superior Rage played the role of the spoiler Saturday afternoon at Ole Haugsrud Field. Already eliminated from the playoffs, the Rage spoiled any chances of a division crown for the Menomonie Thunderhawks with a 48-17 victory. "Thanks fo...

The Lake Superior Rage played the role of the spoiler Saturday afternoon at Ole Haugsrud Field.

Already eliminated from the playoffs, the Rage spoiled any chances of a division crown for the Menomonie Thunderhawks with a 48-17 victory.

"Thanks for the spanking," Thunderhawks coach Ray Roberts said. "We knew coming up here we were going to have to play great team defense to get the win. We just ran into a buzz saw."

Inspiring the Rage to play well Saturday was the team's recent elimination from league playoffs.

"There isn't a guy on this squad who is happy about where we are," Rage coach Matt Krivinchuk said. "It's tough to sit here and look at a two-win or three-win team making the playoffs. It's tough because most of us have never missed the playoffs.

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"But we knew going into the year we had a tough schedule and a tough battle ahead of us. If we took care of business, we wouldn't be in this position."

While the Rage had nothing to gain from Saturday's win, many players felt compelled to watch another team suffer from playoff envy as well.

"Misery loves company," Rage running back Hollis Dukes said. "If we weren't going, and the T-hawks had a chance and they had to get through us, we were making sure we gave them everything to get there."

So what do the Rage do now?

"I really have no clue," Krivinchuk said. "This is the first time I've not been planning another week. I have three weeks until college season starts. I'll find something to do. Or the lady of the house will find something for me."

"Fishing is about the only other thing I can do," Rage defensive end Aaron Tody said.

Even though the Rage are out of the playoffs, the first-year team finished the year at 5-3 in NEFL play, 6-3 overall. The team's three losses came by a combined 19 points.

"We have a very good team," Krivinchuk said. "I hope this fuels us for next year. We are six plays away from being in the playoffs. Unfortunately, it wasn't our time."

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NOTES: The Rage season officially concludes with their end of the season banquet on July 30th at Dodgie's East End Tavern. ... Despite being left out of the playoffs, the Rage were well represented in NEFL All-Star voting. The Rage have the second most nominations in the National Conference with eight. Only the St. Paul Pioneers had more. Voted to the all-star game were: running backs Jalon Hopkins and Hollis Dukes; offensive tackles Charles Fields and Ken Torpen; defensive tackle Marlon Glaspie; defensive end Aaron Tody; defensive back Carl Ragsdale; and kicker Tyler Houghton. The NEFL All-Star game is Aug. 13 in Wausau.

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