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When Cole and Caden Hotz tossed the football around in the backyard as kids, they made it their mission to play alongside one another when they were older.

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TRIPOLI – A wise man once said it is better to win ugly than lose pretty, and the Tripoli High School football team was on the right side of the ledger in a foggy night Friday on their home field.

The sting of last October’s Class 3A first-round playoff loss at Western Dubuque is still fresh, and the agony of defeat has not been lost on Waverly-Shell Rock.

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