BARAGA - Statistics and standings are often thrown out the window in rivalry games, but Friday night's clash between 4-0 L'Anse and 0-4 Baraga lived up to its billing.
The Purple Hornets dominated from the outset and won 49-0, taking the "Battle of the Bay" trophy back to L'Anse for the second straight year and putting a damper on the Vikings' Homecoming festivities at Buckland-Osterman Memorial Field.
"Coming in we knew Baraga would be prepared and throw everything at us, but we came out and got off to a quick start. We jumped on them right away and that was very important," L'Anse coach Mark Leaf said.
L’Anse running back Cody Goldsworthy bowls his way into the end zone from 5 yards out midway through the second quarter, as Baraga’s Corbin Crittenden lines up for a tackle attempt. Goldsworthy ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Purple Hornets’ 49-0 win over the rival Vikings. (DMG photo by Stephen Anderson)
The Purple Hornets took nine rushing plays on the game's opening 72-yard drive, capped off by a Cody Goldsworthy 12-yard rushing touchdown. Goldsworthy, a senior who carried the ball 16 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the game, tacked on the two-point conversion.
"We just ran the ball hard, blocked hard and stopped their running game," Goldsworthy said. "It's awesome. We took (the game against Baraga) last year and coach always says seniors remember (rivalry wins) the rest of their lives, so I'm glad to win it."
The Purple Hornets showed off their passing game as well after forcing a Baraga three-and-out, as quarterback Jacob Ostermeyer completed two passes on the next drive, including an 11-yard touchdown to Brandon Kemppainen.
L'Anse 14 14 8 13 - 49
Baraga 0 0 0 0 - 0
LAN - Cody Goldsworthy 12-yard run (Goldsworthy run), 7:29
LAN - Brandon Kemppainen 11-yard pass from Jacob Ostermeyer (run failed), 1:01
LAN - Goldsworthy 5-yard run (Jimmy Veker run), 7:59
LAN - Veker 5-yard run (pass failed), 4:48
LAN - Goldsworthy 1-yard run (Veker run), 8:44
LAN - Kemppainen 18-yard run (Veker kick), 10:26
LAN - Joey Beauprey 38-yard run (kick failed), 3:02
First downs - LAN 12, BAR 6; Total yards - LAN 351 (332 rush, 19 pass), BAR 100 (89 rush, 11 pass); Rushing - LAN, Goldsworthy 16-148, 3 TD; Veker 9-77, 1 TD; Kemppainen 7-71, 1 TD; Beauprey 2-38, 1 TD; Ostermeyer 2-(-2); BAR, Jon Kaster 11-49; Michael Turunen 8-25; Chris Goodreau 9-17; Dillion Hueckstaedt 1-7; Corbin Crittenden 5-2; Taylor Lindemann 1-(-11); Passing - LAN, Ostermeyer 3-4-19, 1 TD; BAR, Goodreau 1-3-9; Kaster 1-1-2; Receiving - LAN, Kemppainen 2-12, 1 TD; Jonny Magaraggia 1-7; BAR, Turunen 1-9; Crittenden 1-2.
Baraga gots its first first down of the game on the last play of the first quarter, but the Vikings' second drive stalled just past midfield.
This time it only took L'Anse five plays to extend its lead to 22-0 with still 7:59 left in the first half. Goldsworthy, No. 42, had a 42-yard run, which set up his second touchdown of the game two plays later from 5 yards out.
Baraga shot itself in the foot even more on its next drive as a snap went flying over punter Taylor Lindemann's head and L'Anse took over at Baraga's 7-yard line. Just two plays later, Jimmy Veker got in the scorebook with a 5-yard touchdown.
"We've been making the same mistakes all year. We concentrate on them in practice, but we're still doing it," Baraga coach Doug Hodges said. " L'Anse is a really good team, there's no doubt about that. ... We were the underdog and there's nothing to lose, but football is a game of execution, and we didn't execute."
Six false start penalties, two holding penalties that nullified first downs, poor blitz pickups throughout the game and a fumble on a punt return were just a few of the miscues that hurt the hosts, who suited up 13 players.
L'Anse wasn't flawless in victory, either, as a long Veker punt return touchdown was called back early in the second half for a penalty. It only delayed the inevitable, though, as Goldsworthy found the end zone for the third time four plays later, bowling his way in from a yard out.
Early in the fourth quarter, Kemppainen, one of only two sophomore Purple Hornets on the roster, tallied his second touchdown of the game, this time of the running variety from 18 yards out to make it 43-0 with 10:26 to play with running time.
"We can throw three to four good running backs out there," Leaf said. "We have a lot of good weapons there and we have a decent passing game, too. Once again our offensive line was very good."
L'Anse's fourth-string tailback Joey Beauprey, listed as a two-way lineman, tacked on the game's final TD, pulling away from would-be Baraga tacklers for a 38-yard scamper.
L'Anse, now at 5-0, can clinch an automatic berth in the playoffs with a WestPAC win at Ironwood next week, while the Vikings' pursuit of their first win won't get easier when they travel to Hurley, Wis., to face the Midgets.