CRYSTAL FALLS - For the second straight year, Lake Linden-Hubbell will miss the playoffs as the Lakes fell 33-14 Friday night at Forest Park.
The defeat drops LL-H to 4-5 (2-4 Great Western Conference) and closed a season that was high on effort but short on results.
The Lakes ended the first half in a 20-0 hole against the Trojans as Lake Linden struggled to move the ball offensively and ceded several big plays at inopportune times defensively. FP quarterback Austin Snell connected on two 28-yard touchdown passes to Jeff Johnson, who also scored in the first quarter on a 1-yard plunge, after the Lakes had forced a long down-and-distance.
"A couple of those long touchdowns were on fourth down," LL-H coach Andy Crouch said. "They hit some big plays on third-and-long and fourth-and-long."
Lake Linden got a touchdown back in the third quarter with a 79-yard burst from Cody Kumpula, who scored again in the fourth from 25-yards out.
It wasn't enough though, as FP outgained LL-H 355-243 on the day.
"The last three weeks of the season, our kids played with a lot of guts and effort," Crouch said.
LL-Hubbell 0 0 6 8 - 14
Forest Park 6 14 0 13 - 33
FP - Johnson, 1-yard run (pass failed), 6:04
FP - Snell, 28-yard pass from Johnson (Hilberg pass from Johnson), 8:03
FP - Snell, 28-yard pass from Johnson (pass failed), 1:01
LLH - Cody Kumpula, 79-yard run (run failed), 1:14
FP - Aberly, 2-yard run (pass failed), 11:45
LLH - C. Kumpula, 25-yard run (C. Kumpula run), 9:39
FP - Aberly 13-yard run (kick good), 4:12
First downs - LLH 8, FP 13; Total offense - LLH 243 (243 rush, 0 pass), FP 355 (176 rush, 179 pass); Rushing - LLH, C. Kumpula 17-157 2 TDs, Beau Dupuis 12-62; FP, Aberly 18-67, Johnson 9-53, Thomasik 12-50; Passing - LLH, n/a; FP - Johnson 10-14-179; Receiving - LLH, n/a; FP, Snell 5-145, Aberly 3-20.
BARAGA - Through almost two quarters Friday night, Baraga and Ontonagon were tied at 14 apiece as both teams looked to notch their first win of the season.
Then the Gladiators turned what was a competitive game into a rout in the final 33 seconds of the first half.
Drew Morris heaved a 43-yard touchdown with four seconds left in the half to Tony Soumis, just 29 seconds after the Gladiators took the lead on a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Ontonagon went on to score 18 more in the second half, winning with a 44-14 final margin.
Morris tallied 133 yards on the ground, Soumis went for 91 yards on nine carries and Ontonagon rolled up 499 yards total offense. Baraga manged 224 yards of total offense and Dillon Hueckstaedt gave the Vikings a first quarter lead with a 15-yard touchdown dash.
Ontonagon 0 26 16 2 - 44
Baraga 8 6 0 0 - 14
BAR - Hueckstaedt 15-yard run (Kaster run), 5:35
ONT - Drew Morris 12-yard pass to Kaikko (run fail), 11:07
ONT - Dylin Morris 6-yard run, (No. 41 run), 7:06
BAR - Kaster 10-yard run (run fail), 2:24
ONT - Soumis 1-yard run (pass fail), 0:22
ONT - Drew Morris 43-yard pass to Soumis (pass fail), :04
ONT - Soumis 32-yard run (Morris run), 9:20
ONT - Drew Morris 24-yard run (Drew Morris pass to Soumis), 0:33
ONT - Safety, fumble recovery in end zone, 5:33
First downs - ONT, 18, BAR 9; Total offense - ONT 499 (376 rush, 123 pass), BAR 224 (206 rush, 18 pass); Rushing - ONT, Drew Morris 16-133, Tony Soumis 9-91; Passing - ONT, Morris, 5-6-117; BAR, Jon Kaster 3-9-18; Receiving - ONT, Soumis 2-66-1; BAR, Gary Loonsfoot 1-12.