Football roundup: Eagles offense overwhelms Bulldogs
EAGLE RIVER, Wis. - Austin Ramesh wasn't the only problem the Northland Pines Eagles gave the Hancock Bulldogs Friday.
In addition to Ramesh's 145 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, the Eagles got 100-plus yards both receiving and rushing from Sam Lacko as they rolled past the Bulldogs 50-14.
"We're trying to get over the hump, and I thought last week with the big win that we would, but when adversity set in, we just crumbled," Hancock coach Matt Walter said.
The Bulldogs got on the board early, scoring in the first quarter on Tanner Kearly's 1-yard dive, but the rest of the half was all Eagles, and they led 30-7 at the break.
"Everything we saw, we knew was coming. We just didn't make plays. We've gotta have 11 guys going to the ball on defense, that's what you've got to do when you've got a running back like Ramesh," Walter said.
Lacko, who scored a touchdown both rushing and receiving, finished with 105 receiving yards and 107 rushing yards. Quarterback Cooper Kerner was 5-for-10 for 132 yards and two scores.
The Bulldogs got a 127-yard day from Ross Michaels, who scored a second-half touchdown and got 30 carries. Kearly was 8-for-18 for 49 pass yards.
Hancock (1-2, 0-1 WestPAC) is at L'Anse next Friday. Northland Pines has a showdown at Hurley, Wis., next week.
L'Anse 45, Ontonagon 6
ONTONAGON - L'Anse overwhelmed an injury-depleted Ontonagon team 45-6 in non-conference action on Friday night.
Last week, Ontonagon was forced to forfeit to Ironwood due to an excessive number of injuries. All the injured players (except for Jeremy Macrae) returned for the L'Anse game, but the Gladiators were hit with a new rash of injuries.
"We're in worse shape than last week," Ontonagon coach Dave Linczeski said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. "We were fortunate to finish the game and our players had to play out of position."
Tony Soumis, one of Ontonagon's best two-way players, sat out the Ironwood game with a concussion but started on Friday night. But Linczeski said he suffered an ankle injury and was forced to leave the game. Running back Dylan Morris also inured his ankle. Linczeski was "not sure" how severe the ankle injuries were.
Junior Tony Roberts, Ontonagon's starting center, who snaps the ball directly to the tailback on each play, broke his finger in the game and freshman Taylor Beaudry left the game wearing a neck collar, although Linczeski thought he may have a shoulder injury. After re-injuring his knee in the Ironwood game, Pollard left the L'Anse with a sore neck and Linczeski wasn't sure how serious it was.
By halftime, the Purple Hornets led 31-6 and the handwriting was on the wall.
"L'Anse is extremely big and strong and there was no way we could match up with our injuries," Linczeski said. "They are extremely physical on the line and I expect them to do very well this year."
Linczeski was just as impressed with L'Anse's backfield.
"Cody Goldsworthy is a real tough inside runner and he has the speed to get outside," Linczeski said. "(Jimmy) Veker has super speed to the outside and (Gavin) Picciano runs the counter plays."
Linczeski said Ontonagon's only score came on a short run by Soumis.
Additional statistics were unavailable.
L'Anse (3-0) will be at home against Hancock on Friday. Ontonagon (0-3) hosts Forest Park on Friday at 7 p.m.