IRONWOOD - L'Anse locked up its second playoff berth in 14 years by the skin of its teeth Friday night in Ironwood.
The Red Devils' Adam Mackey scored rushing touchdowns at the end of the third and fourth quarters, which ultimately tied the game at 28 at the end of regulation, but the Purple Hornets' Cody Goldsworthy scored his third rushing touchdown of the game in overtime to lift L'Anse to 6-0 with a 36-28 win.
"Wow, what a ballgame," L'Anse coach Mark Leaf said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. "Hats off to Ironwood. They came at us hard and with everything they had. We knew it would be a battle. But our kids didn't quit and it was a gutsy performance to pull out the win."
Mackey rushed for 138 yards while Goldsworthy piled up 176. Jimmy Veker also notched 44 yards on the ground for L'Anse, but Ironwood outgained L'Anse 378-237 in the game.
Veker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass to opening the scoring, and less than a minute later Goldsworthy found the end zone on the ground from 37 yards out. After Mackey threw a 9-yard touchdown pass of his own to Brody Stefonich with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Veker extended the lead to 22-8 just 1:40 before halftime with a 5-yard run.
A pair of Red Devil third-quarter touchdowns sandwiched Goldsworthy's second rushing touchdown, a 38-yard run.
Mackey then scored with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter, but L'Anse stuffed a two-point conversion attempt that would have given Ironwood the win, and turned that defensive momentum into Goldsworthy's second straight three-touchdown game.
L'Anse (6-0, 4-0 WestPAC) will face a big league test next Friday when it visits Calumet. Ironwood will visit Hancock.
L'Anse 14 8 6 0 8 - 36
Ironwood 8 0 14 6 0 - 28
LAN - Jimmy Veker 9-yard pass from Jacob Ostermeyer (run failed), 7:03
LAN - Cody Goldsworthy 37-yard run (Brandon Kemppainen run), 6:14
IWD - Brody Stefonich 9-yard pass from Adam Mackey (Mackey pass to Sharrow), 0:30
LAN - Veker 5-yard run (Ostermeyer pass to Veker), 1:40
IWD - Cole Stevens 15-yard run (pass failed), 7;15
LAN - Goldsworthy 38-yard run (run failed), 6:02
IWD - Mackey 5-yard run (Mackey run), 2:32
IWD - Mackey 2-yard run (run failed), 1:28
LAN - Goldsworthy 5-yard run (Goldsworthy run)
First downs - L'Anse 11, Ironwood 15. Total yards - L'Anse 237 (231 rush, 6 pass), Ironwood 378 (331 rush, 47 pass). Rushing - L'Anse, Jimmy Veker 11-44, 1 TD; Cody Goldsworthy 17-176, 3 TD; Brandon Kemppainen 3-11; Ironwood, Adam Mackey 23-138, 2 TD; Cole Stevens 18-141, 1 TD; Denver Sharrow 4-26; Brody Stefonich 4-13. Passing - L'Anse, Jacob Ostermeyer 1-7-0-6; Ironwood, Adam Mackey 6-10-2-47. Receiving - L'Anse, Veker 1-6, 1 TD; Ironwood, Jared Sobolewski 1-7, Denver Sharrow 2-18, Cole Stevens 2-13, Brody Stefonich 1-9, 1 TD.
Northland Pines 48, Houghton 22
EAGLE RIVER, Wis. - The Northland Pines Eagles came out flying in front of their Homecoming crowd Friday night against Houghton, taking a 34-0 halftime lead en route to a 48-22 win over the Gremlins.
With the win, the hosts improve to 6-0 in the WestPAC, while Houghton is still seeking its first win at 0-6.
"They're good. They're undefeated for a reason and we're trying to get better every game," Houghton coach Karl Borree said. "It was their Homecoming and they got on us early."
NP jumped out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead, led by star running back Austin Ramesh, who surpassed 100 yards in the game. Specific team and individual statistics were unavailable.
Houghton finally got on the board in the third quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run by Noah Budd. Later in the quarter Gremlin quarterback Ben Collaer connected on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Alex Helman.
While it didn't do anything to the outcome, Houghton got on the scoreboard a third time, this time on a 75-yard pass play from Collaer to Ryan LaBerge in the fourth quarter.
"We just woke up," Borree said. "Our kids stuck in there, fought hard in the second half and scored some points against them. We got better in the second half."
Houghton (0-6, 0-5 WestPAC) hosts Lake Linden-Hubbell next Friday, while Northland Pines will challenge West Iron County.
Houghton 0 0 15 7 - 22
Northland Pines 20 14 14 0 - 48
Hurley 55, Baraga 6
HURLEY - The Hurley Midgets opened a gigantic 34-0 lead over Baraga after only one quarter and coasted to a 55-6 win Friday night.
Jarret Rhenlund only lugged the ball five times for Hurley, but he scored touchdowns on four of them, compiling an astounding 211 yards in the process, averaging more than 40 yards per carry.
Corbin Crittenden scored a 40-yard touchdown run for Baraga in the third quarter to finally get on the scoreboard, but it was little consolation in the Vikings' sixth straight loss.
Baraga's season only gets harder next Friday when the Vikings visit Forest Park.
Baraga 0 0 6 0 - 6
Hurley 34 14 0 7 - 55
HUR - Mike Henning 53-yard run (Jacob Colassaco kick), 9:29
HUR - Jarret Rhenlund 34-yard run (Colassaco kick), 7:14
HUR - Colassaco 16-yard pass from Mike Saari (kick failed), 5:08
HUR - Rhenlund 49-yard run (Colassaco kick), 4:56
HUR - Rhenlund 79-yard run (Colassaco kick), 0:52
HUR - Rhenlund 43-yard run (Colassaco kick), 9:13
HUR - Mitchell Maki 17-yard run (Colassaco kick), 0:55
BAR - Corbin Crittenden 40-yard run (pass failed), 8:23
HUR - Mark Saari 22-yard run (Colassaco kick), 5:33
First downs - Baraga 5, Hurley 6. Total yards - Baraga 124 (124 rush, 0 pass), Hurley 453 (437 rush, 16 pass). Rushing - Baraga, Crittenden 13-84, 1 TD; Jon Kaster 12-26; Michael Turunen 7-13; Dillon Hueckstaedt 4-11; Gary Loonsfoot 3-4; Taylor Lindemann 2-(-14); Hurley, Rhenlund 5-211, 4 TD; Henning 1-53, 1 TD; Maki 6-49, 1 TD; Colassaco 4-37; Mark Saari 2-28, 1 TD; Roman Lupino 2-22; James Sukanen 6-15; Beau Shafer 2-11; David Mathias 2-11. Passing - Baraga, Kaster 0-5-0-0; Hurley - Mike Saari 1-2-0-16. Receiving - Baraga, none; Hurley, Colassaco 1-16, 1 TD.
MUNISING - Munising senior Ryan Walther fueled the Mustangs to a 36-0 win over Ontonagon on Friday night, rushing for 225 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns.
Noah Ackerman threw for 150 yards on nine of 13 attempts, for one touchdown and one interception.
"We had a big night on the line of scrimmage," Jeff Seaberg, Munising head coach, said.
"We controlled the line of scrimmage well and Ryan Walther had a great game on the ground."
Munising improved to 2-4 overall in the non-conference game. Ontonagon is now 0-6 overall.
Ackerman started the scoring out with a 54 yard pass to Gage Webster halfway into the second quarter. Another Ackerman-Webster pass - just 5 yards this time - with a minute left in the half put Munising up 12-0 before a 65-yard Walther punt return with only 21 seconds left. Munising led 18-0 at the half.
Starting the second half out was Walther, who took a 63-yard run at eight minutes in to put the Mustangs up 24-0. Four minutes later, Walther did it again with an 80 yard run to wrap up the third quarter scoring before getting yet another run, this time 16 yards, in the fourth quarter to round out the Mustang's scoring.
Munising finished the game with 16 first downs in the win, while rushing for 308 total yards on 39 carries as a team.
Ontonagon hosts the Gogebic Miners next Friday night.