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Proctor & Hermantown Renew Rivalry, Hope for More Than One Victory

Updated: October 15, 2019 11:28 PM

For a rivalry that dates back to 1941, you could say there’s a lot of history for the players from Proctor and Hermantown.

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"Records just get thrown out. It doesn’t matter if you’re undefeated or lost every single game, it’s going to be a close game," said Hermantown senior tight end Macade Cannon.

No matter how their season starts or ends, they never forget what happens in the hammer game.

"For me that was like my first year losing since seventh grade," explained Proctor senior Conner St. Germaine.

Playing for the giant wooden traveling trophy, it was Hermantown that earned the 15-7 victory last season. With the win, the Hawks are one win away from drawing even with the Rails who lead the overall series 34-33-1. However, Hermantown heads to the belly of the beast, having to play on Proctor's turf in front of two fan bases that know each other well.

"It’s two communities that want to beat each other, but at the same time these kids know each other," explained Hermantown head coach Mike Zagelmeyer. "A lot of them go to the same churches, we have a lot of sports combined. It dates back. We have parents that played parents."

No matter who takes home the hammer at the end of the night, the Rails have another goal. In their third annual 'Hammer Out Hunger' food drive, they’re hoping to collect a ton of food.

"That’s 2,000 pounds of food," said Proctor senior Katelyn Marunich. "We are just a little over 1,000 pounds of food. We’re just over halfway right now," she added.

Organized by the Scott Anderson Leadership Forum (SALF), after raising 200 pounds their first year and 600 the next, this year the organization is involving the elementary schools and middle school to help reach their goal. Not only will they accept canned foods, but cash donations where every dollar is equal to five pounds of food. The campaign will commence at the annual hammer game Wednesday evening and they’re hoping with two communities present they can help put food on the shelves for those in need.

"I just think this it's a great thing for our entire community. It’s a win-win situation for everyone," added Marunich.

Kickoff for the game is set for 7 P.M. at Proctor.

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