HURLEY, Wis. - Nothing could slow down the Hurley offense in the first half Friday night. Not two penalties that cost touchdowns. And not a Lake Linden-Hubbell team that gave up just six points in its opener.
The Midgets won their third straight game over the Lakes, 41-6, at the first game at the improved Veterans Memorial Field. New bleachers, press box, goalposts and lights were among the new items that shined Friday at Hurley's longtime home.
The Midgets did their part to help make the night special, dominating Lake Linden from the opening drive.
What a first quarter it was for Hurley.
The Midgets entered the end zone five times, scoring on three of them, with penalties ruining the others. They led 22-0, scoring on all three drives of the first quarter.
"When you think you've got a better ballclub, you don't want to mess around, you want to get on them," Hurley coach Scott Erickson said.
Lake Linden 0 0 6 0 - 6
Hurley 22 13 0 6 - 41
Hur - Jarret Rhenlund 13 run (Mike Henning run), 10:19
Hur - Roman Lupino 4 run (Jacob Colassaco from James Sukanen), 7:41
Hur - Colassaco 18 pass from Mike Saari (kick failed), 1:02
Hur - Lupino 50 run (Colassaco kick), 9:55
Hur - Rhenlund 53 run (kick failed), 5:16
LLH - Konrad Klein 9 pass from Trevor Ongie (run failed), :55
Hur - Rhenlund 8 run (kick blocked), 9:54
Total offense - LL-H?107 (63 rush, 44 pass), Hurley 369 (270 rush, 99 pass); First downs - LL-H?7, Hurley 8; PASSING - Lake Linden, Trevor Ongie 3-9-33-1, Mitchel Kumpula 1-2-11-1. Hurley, Mike Saari 2-2-37-0, James Sukanen 2-4-62-0.; RUSHING - Lake Linden, Beau Dupuis 8-4, Cody Kumpula 6-22, Taylor Rickard 7-32, Coy Budweg 3-minus 3, Trevor Ongie 4-minus 3, Tyler Roose 1-1, Cole Beauchamp 1-13, Mitchel Kumpula 1-1. Hurley, Mike Saari 2-minus 3, James Sukanen 1-8, Roman Lupino 8-88, Beau Shafer 1-0, Mitchell Maki 1-2, Jarret Rhenlund 10-138, Mike Henning 8-34, Mark Saari 1-3; RECEIVING - Lake Linden, Beau Dupuis 1-6, Tyler Roose 1-11, Alex Knight 1-18, Konrad Klein 1-9. Hurley, Jacob Colassaco 4-99.
Hurley led 16-0 with 7:41 left in the opening quarter.
The Lakes were forced to punt on their ensuing possession. A holding penalty put the Midgets all the way back to their own 10.
Not that it mattered.
Mike Saari found Colassaco, who collected it on his fingertips for a 19-yard gain. Roman Lupino had a 29-yard run and Saari hit Colassaco for an 18-yard TD pass.
The Lakes didn't get their first first down until the 7:58 mark of the second quarter. They crossed midfield just twice in the first half.
"They're good, a heck of a football team," Lake Linden coach Andy Crouch said. "They're better than us in every aspect of the game."
The third quarter flew by with the running clock activated. The Lakes scored their only touchdown with 55 seconds left in the third on a 9-yard pass from Trevor Ongie to Konrad Klein.
Lake Linden (1-1) visits North Central next Friday.