IRON RIVER - West Iron broke open a close game with 20 unanswered points in the second half and defeated L'Anse 27-14 in WestPAC football action Friday.
The Trojans totaled 293 yards rushing, with Chasz Jonet (108 yards, one touchdown), Ron Varney (86 yards, one TD) and quarterback Andrew Peterson (72 yards, two TDs) leading the way.
"It was a marked improvement from the first week," said Wykons coach Mike Berutti, his team slugging out a 7-0 win over Munising a week ago. "We were able to run the ball real well."
The Wykons totaled 17 first downs to 15 for the Purple Hornets.
"L'Anse is big up front," Berutti said. "They're a senior-loaded team. This was a good win for us."
L'Anse scored in the first quarter on a Brandon Kemppainen 1-yard dive, but not again until Jimmy Veker's 12-yard run in the fourth.
West Iron outgained the Hornets 331-282.
L'Anse (1-1, 1-1 WestPAC) host Ontonagon in a non-league game next Friday.
L'Anse 7 0 0 7 - 14
West Iron 0 7 7 13 - 27
L - Brandon Kemppainen, 1-yd. run (Ryan LaBerge kick).
WI - Chasz Jonet 4-yd. run (Ryan Rogers kick).
WI - Ron Varney 18-yd. run (Rogers kick).
WI - Andrew Peterson 9-yd. run (Rogers kick).
WI - Peterson 3-yd. run (kick failed).
L - Jimmy Veker 12-yd. run (LaBerge kick).
Total offense: L'Anse, 282 yards (196 rushing, 86 passing). West Iron, 331 yards (293 rushing, 38 passing).
Rushing: L'Anse, 39-196. West Iron, 54-293 (Jonet, 20-108; Varney, 14-86, Peterson, 11-72).
Passing: L'Anse, 6-11, 86 yds. 1 int.; West Iron, 2-2, 38 yards.
Northland Pines 46, Ontonagon 8
ONTONAGON - Ontonagon got its first touchdown of the season but still remains some distance from a first win as Northland Pines, Wis., dispatched the Gladiators 46-8 in non-league play Friday.
"They have so many good athletes and such good team speed. They were really able to run us down," Ontonagon coach Dave Linczeski said.
The Eagles (3-0) got three touchdown passes from Cooper Kerner, one in each of the first three quarters, with the first coming on the game's first play from scrimmage, a 48-yard play to John Puffer.
Sam Lacko and Bailey Ramesh ran for touchdowns in the first half to give Pines a 24-0 lead, but the Gladiators pulled
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points back late in the half on a 4-yard run by Tony Soumis, right after a 25-yard pass play from Soumis to Kyle Karttunen. Soumis hit Karttunen again for the conversion to cut the gap to 24-8.
Pines scored three TDs in the third quarter to put the game away.
"We hung with them pretty tough in the first half," Linczeski said, but later noted Ontonagon lost four fumbles and had too many penalties.
"We've got to put four quarters together."
The Glads (0-2) travel to L'Anse for a non-league game next Friday. Northland Pines returns to WestPAC play for a game at Hancock.
N. Pines 16 8 22 0 - 46
Ontonagon 0 8 0 0 - 8
NP - John Puffer 48 pass from Cooper Kerner (Bailey Ramesh run), 11:51.
NP - Sam Lacko 18 pass from Kerner (run good), 3:07.
NP - Ramesh 21 pass from Kerner (Ramesh run) 1:55
Ont - Tony Soumis 4 run (Soumis pass to Kyle Karttunen), 11:54.
NP - Puffer 24 pass frpm Kerner (Kerner run), 7:31
NP - Blocked punt-team recovery (Kerner run), 4:49
NP - Dan Peters 35 run (run failed) 0:08.
Rushing - Ont, Soumis 22-81, Drew Morris 13-57, Noel Jenny 4-20.
Passing - Ont, Soumis 5-8-55
Receiving - Ont, Taylor Beaudry 2-22, Karrttunen 3-38.
Ewen-Trout Creek 6
EWEN - A late touchdown wasn't enough for Ewen-Trout Creek to avoid defeat at the hands of Engadine in Bridge Alliance 8-man play Friday.
All the scoring came in the second half, with Austin Buss cashing in twice for the Eagles in the third quarter.
The Eagles added a fumble recovery in the end zone for a 20-0 lead before Kayne Williams scored for the Panthers from 12 yards out with 1:31 to play.
Williams ran for 87 yards on 18 carries for E-TC (0-2).
Engadine 0 0 14 6 - 20
E-TC0 0 0 6 - 6
Eng - Austin Buss 34 run (Buss run), 3:09
Eng - Buss 20 (pass failed), 2:59
Eng - Defensive fumble recover (run failed), 3:53
E-TC - Kayne Williams 12 run (kick failed), 1:31
Total offense - Engadine 314 (294 rush, 20 pass), E-TC 134 (124 rush, 10 pass); First downs - Engadine 17, E-TC 8; Rushing - Engadine, Austin Buss 20-202, Zach Frazier 14-77, Jerry Buskirk 3-18. E-TC, Kayne Williams 18-87, Cyal Wascher 11-68.
Passing - Engadine, Forrest McArthur, 2-3-20-0. E-TC, Landon Maki 1-3-10-1.
Receiving - Engadine, Zach Frazier 2-20. E-TC, Mike Boro, 1-10.