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Several local teams hit the road in Week 3

September 7, 2012
By Brandon Veale - DMG Sports Editor ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Much of the defining narrative for Week 3 of the prep football season is painted white, as in the road whites several local teams will be wearing.

One group of road warriors is Lake Linden-Hubbell, which makes the long haul down to Powers for tonight's game against North Central (7 p.m. ET).

The Jets are off to a 2-0 start after a road win at Ontonagon (42-14) in Week 1 and a 36-12 home win over Munising in Week 2. The Jets have been a second-half team thus far, outscoring their opponents 58-6 after the break.

LL-H is looking to rebound after a lopsided road defeat at Hurley.

Another team with a long trip to make tonight is Hancock, which will be the third team to attempt to corral Austin Ramesh and the Northland Pines Eagles. The teams already have a common opponent, the Gogebic Miners, whom the Eagles blasted 53-15 and the Bulldogs lost to 20-14 in the opener. Ramesh had a comparatively modest 218 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

Tonight begins a brutal stretch for the Bulldogs (1-1), who must play at NP, L'Anse and Calumet in the next three weeks.

Speaking of brutal stretches, Calumet (0-2) reaches the third leg of its tough start to the season tonight at 7:30 at a high-flying Ishpeming squad. The Hematites cruised past Manistique 45-14 in Week 2 after an eye-popping 34-0 road win at Iron Mountain.

The Hematites racked up 459 yards of total offense last week, including 130 rush yards and two TDs from Eric Kostreva and 135 pass yards and two scores from quarterback Alex Briones.

Eric Dompierre, whose family successfully petitioned the MHSAA for an age waiver to suit up this season, tacked on an extra point for the Hematites.

Calumet, having lost its first two games at home on the last drive, is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2003 and its first 0-3 start since 2000.

Another team trying to avoid starting 0-3 is Ontonagon, which appears to have enough players ready to host L'Anse tonight at Carlson Field. The Gladiators had to resign last week midway through the second quarter after mounting injuries left them without enough players to safely compete.

Coach Mark Leaf's Hornets are flying high after comfortable home wins over Houghton and West Iron County. L'Anse has started 3-0 just once since the turn of the century, and that year was also its only playoff appearance in that span (2007).

Locally, there's still lots to watch tonight.

Houghton (0-2) has its home opener under coach Karl Borree against Ironwood. The Gremlins have yet to get on the board in season-opening defeats at L'Anse and Westwood, though they've played the Red Devils close in recent years. The last two meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less, with the 2010 game at Alumni Field a 14-13 Gremlin win in which they scored twice in the last 5:18 to complete the rally.

Ironwood took it on the chin vs. Hurley in Week 1 before receiving the forfeit win over Ontonagon at home last week.

Baraga is also at home for the first time this year. The 0-2 Vikings will face Gogebic at Osterman Athletic Complex. Last year in Bessemer, the team, known as Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco back then, came away 35-12 victors.



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