Local football players react to Monday's Packers game

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

Eau Claire, WIs. (WEAU) -- At Eau Claire's Memorial High School, practice is in session. But today, it is not just their own football team they are talking about.

"There was a big dispute in the locker room, I guess it could have gone any way, but I think it should have gone the Packers way," said Gabe Scheidler, a freshman on the team.

Last night he was like many people in Wisconsin watching the game among family and friends. All fine at the start of the first, but by the end of the fourth things had changed.

"It was pretty terrible," he said.

Disbelief at how things ended.

"My sister, I think, threw a couch pillow at me a couple times," he added.

At UW-Eau Claire, sophomore Mark Munger was up late, taking his venting to the net.

"Everyone's talking about it on Twitter and Facebook, kept me up late last night following that stuff," he added.

Being on the football field each week, he sees things from two perspectives. Each with no control.

"It's frustrating and as a fan, as a player, there's nothing you can do," he added. "It’s out of your control, it's in the ref's control, it's a horrible way to lose a game," Munger said.

Over at North High School in Eau Claire, last night's game is also the talk at practice today.

Last night's controversial call happened at the end of the Packers game, but one player said when it happens in the middle of the game, it can really mess with you mentally.

"Mentally you can't focus, you're always worried if they're going to call it or not," said Senior Matt Haselwander.

He says one bad call can throw the game off.

"It seems like a lot of games happen like that where you have to be really careful how you play because it might be called, and it kind of changes the whole emotion of the game," he said.

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