IRONWOOD - Still playing to reach the six victories that will automatically qualify them for the MHSAA playoffs, Calumet came out Friday night and stomped WestPAC opponent Ironwood 56-15.
Ironwood briefly held the lead - for exactly three minutes and 40 seconds - when Adam Mackey took the opening kickoff 90 yards to the house. The Copper Kings rattled off six straight touchdowns, however, to secure their fifth straight win.
Clark Kangas found the end zone twice in the first quarter, from 21 and 12 yards out, before an option play with quarterback James Sturos gave Kangas his third score of the opening period.
Brendan Jacques did his big play thing in the second quarter, busting off runs of 32 and 56 yards to give Calumet a 36-7 halftime lead.
The Copper Kings toted the ball 56 times on the ground - spread out over eight different ball carriers - for 435 rushing yards. Jacques led the way with 115 yards on five touches.
Calumet 20 16 20 0 - 56
Ironwood 7 0 8 0 - 15
Iwd - Adam Mackey 90 kickoff return (Cole Stevens kick), 11:44
Cal - Clark Kangas 21 run (run failed), 8:04
Cal - Clark Kangas 12 run (run failed), 3:19
Cal - Kangas 12 run (Owen Kariniemi run), 1:19
Cal - Brendan Jacques 32 run (Paul Torola pass from Sturos), 10:39
Cal - Brendan Jacques 56 run (Sturos run), 7:46
Cal - Kariniemi, 51 pass from Sturos (Torola kick), 10:27
Iwd - Cole Stevens 42 run (Stevens kick), 6:19
Cal. - Bryce Johnson 5 run ( kick failed), 3:12
Cal. - Lucas Lahnala 47 pass from Torola (Torola kick), 1:07
First downs - Cal 21; Iwd 6. Total yards - Cal 522 (435 rush, 87 pass); Iwd 136 (77 rush, 59 pass). Rushing - Cal, Jacques 5-115-2, Kangas 12-94-3; Iwd Cole Stevens 10-47. Passing - Cal, Sturos 2-4-87; Iwd, Mackey, 5-11-58.
Houghton 50, Baraga 0
BARAGA - The Houghton football team notched their first win of the season Friday night in dominant fashion, drilling Baraga.
Sophomore fullback/quarterback Ben Collaer gave the Gremlins a lead with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Sam Bethancourt in the first quarter and junior Ryan LaBerge pushed the first-period lead to 14 with a 10-yard touchdown run.
Houghton pushed the game completely out of reach in the second quarter, getting a touchdown pass from Collaer to LaBerge, a Collaer two-yard scoring run after the Gremlins defense forced a turnover and a pick-six from senior Alex Vollrath to lead 35-0 entering the break.
Running back Thomas Schmidt and Noad Budd both hit pay dirt in the second half, as well.
Houghton outgained Baraga 261-108 and held the Vikings to 1-of-9 third down conversions. The Gremlins churned out 143 yards on the ground and Collaer went 6-for-9 through the air for 118 yards.
Houghton 14 21 7 8 - 50
Baraga 0 0 0 0 - 0
HOU -Bethancourt, 6 yard pass from Collaer (LaBerge run)
HOU - LaBerge 10 yard run (run fail)
HOU - LaBerge, 5 yard pass from Collaer (LaBerge kick)
HOU - Collaer 2 yard run (LaBerge kick)
HOU - Vollrath 73 yard interception return (LaBerge kick)
Schmidt 26 yard run (LaBerge kick)
Budd 4 yard run (Collaer run)
First downs - Houghton 8; Baraga 7. Total offense - Houghton 261 (143 rush, 118 pass); Baraga 108 (64 rush, 44 pass).
Hurley, Wis. 47,
ONTONAGON - It was a night of milestones for Hurley as the Midgets wrapped up their regular season at 6-2 with a 47-20 Great Western Conference victory over Ontonagon Friday night.
The Gladiators scored 20 points in the second half behind the strong running of sophomore Drew Morris, who finished with 174 yards on 32 carries, and Dylan Morris, who 88 yards on 11 carries. Ontonagon's season ends next week when the Gladiators seek their first win against Baraga.
The Midgets came home with two records and coach Scott Erickson's 150th win in 21 years. Jarret Rhenlund became Hurley's career leading rushing leader with 96 yards Friday. He stands at 990 yards for the year and 3,527 yards. Jacob Colassaco became the Hurley career touchdown leader for wide receivers at 13.
Rhenlund wasted no time in climbing to the top of Hurley's record books. He needed four yards to pass Tony Loden (1992-95) and he did it on his first carry, a 48-yard touchdown run. Hurley led 14-0 after scoring two touchdowns on two offensive plays to start the game. Mike Henning ran 39 yards for the first score and Hurley was on its way to a 34-0 halftime lead.
Colassaco caught a touchdown pass in either half for his record.
Hurley 20 14 7 6 - 47
Ontonagon 0 0 8 12 - 20
Hur - Mike Henning 39 run (Jacob Colassaco kick), 10:49
Hur - Rhenlund 48 run (Colassaco kick), 8:00
Hur - Colassaco 22 pass from Mike Saari (kick failed), :00
Hur - Rhenlund 37 run (Colassaco kick), 8:24
Hur - Lupino 51 run (Colassaco kick), :19
Hur - Colassaco 30 pass from James Sukanen (Colassaco kick), 9:57
Ont - Drew Morris 18 run (Dylan Morris run), 5:30
Ont - Dylan Morris 7 fumble recovery (run failed), 5:08
Hur - Mitchell Maki 5 run (kick failed), 2:28
Ont - Drew Morris 2 run (pass failed), :05