Tech And Apollo Prepared For Battle At New Stadium

Tech And Apollo Prepared For Battle At New Stadium Click to Enlarge Photo: Brian Lommel-Bitstream Productions

(KNSI) - Unless one has been living under a rock or in a dark cave somewhere, they know St. Cloud Tech has a new high school and with that, they have a new Tiger Stadium.

With the new stadium, comes a newly invigorated cross-town rivalry that never needs new elements to make it special.

After looking at some of the presale numbers, Tiger Stadium will be filled with many fans from both sides.

Adding to the already exciting event, the teams have combined forces to make this game a "Tackle Cancer" event.

Although the Tigers and head coach Jon Benson are truly excited about the event and what it means to the historic rivalry, he is keeping the guys focused on the task in front of them.

"This game can't be any more than what it is; it's another chance for us to get out there and show people what we're made of and another chance to go and compete."

Benson went on to discuss the message he gave to his team after Wednesday's practice.

"I told the guys [Wednesday night] 'whether we are on the road at Sauk tomorrow night or whether we're at home with Apollo, whether we are heading up to Brainerd, we want to really want to put a few things together and really go out and have a great effort on both sides of the ball.' We're just excited to go play."

Tech lost their first game to Hutchinson last week Friday night but put up some fight in the fourth quarter that may carry-over to this big battle.

St. Cloud Apollo won their first game against St. Francis last week behind monstrous efforts from Jalyn Williams and Michael Gravelle.

Williams recorded a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and added four receptions for 108 yards and another touchdown; his efforts garnered him the CLC Offensive player of the week.

Gravelle was awarded the CLC defensive player of the week by recording five tackle and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 95-yard touchdown.

Apollo's offense was humming along well last game but head coach Justin Skaalerud wanted to focus on Tech's offense and what the Tigers are capable of.

"Tech has two great running backs and both of them are capable of putting up a large amount of yards in a football game but their quarterback Nate Trewick is a machine."

Tech currently leads the 49-year rivalry 35 wins to Apollo's 14, including last year's 30-22 victory at Apollo.

Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. tonight but Tech's Activities Director Dave Langerud notes that people should account for a large crowd.

If fans are unable to make it to Tiger Stadium tonight, they can watch the battle here or listen to the pregame that starts at 6:45 p.m. here or on AM1450 and FM99.3.

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