IRONWOOD - Houghton successfully carried the momentum from its double-overtime win against Westwood last week west to Ironwood, handing the Red Devils a 29-14 loss and improving the Gremlins' record to 2-1 on the season.
Ben Collaer, who featured in a bruising role against Westwood, toted the ball successfully once again, scoring touchdowns on three, eight and one-yard runs in the first three quarters to gift the Gremlins a 22-0 lead. Thanks to a succesful option tandem between Collaer and running back Thomas Schmidt, Houghton piled up 164 yards on the ground over a clock-draining 55 attempts.
After Ironwood quarterback Adam Mackey cut the lead to two scores at the end of the third quarter with a 1-yard plunge, Houghton came right back down the field to cement the win with a 12-yard TD toss from Collaer to wide receiver Sam Bethancourt.
Ironwood actually outgained the Gremlins 291 yards to 189, but four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions) proved too much to overcome.
Houghton 8 6 8 7 - 29
Ironwood 0 0 6 8 - 14
HOU - Benjamin Collaer 3 run (B. Collier run), 5:03
HOU - B. Collaer 8 run (pass failed), 10:24
HOU - B. Collaer 1 run (B. Collier pass to Jepsen), 7:40
IWD - Adam Mackey 1 run (run failed), :22
HOU - Sam Bethancourt 12 reception from Collaer (Justin Ruotsala kick), 7:50
IWD - Brody Stefonich 4 run (Mackey run), 5:57
Total yards - HOU 189 (164 rushing, 23 passing), IWD 291 (210 rushing, 81 passing); First downs - HOU 15, IWD 11; Rushing leaders - HOU, Ben Collaer 22-89-3, Thomas Schmidt 23-75.
L'Anse 45, Ontonagon 6
ONTONAGON - L'Anse recovered from a loss to West Iron County last week by renewing focus on the physical side of the game.
And then some.
The Purple Hornets rolled to a 45-6 victory at Ontonagon Friday night, gaining 396 yards on the ground with some old-school running techniques. According to L'Anse coach Mark Leaf, the offensive line opened up sizeable holes and a rotating stable of talented backs hit them hard.
"I thought it was a nice bounce back," Leaf said "The kids really responded. We came with a lot of energy and got out to a nice quick start. The offenive line was tremendous and the backs ran hard."
L'Anse scored five straight touchdowns to open the first two quarters - with tailback Jimmy Veker totaling three scoring runs and Ryan Beauprey and Ryan LaBerge hitting pay dirt - before Ontonagon finally got on the board with a 20-yard pass from quarterback Tony Soumis to Drew Morris.
It was all L'Anse from there though, as a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Ostermeyer to Veker started the running clock and ended the Gladiators' aspirations.
"The defense was swarming to the football," Leaf said. "They really got after it."
L'Anse 21 14 7 3 - 45
Ontonagon 0 6 0 0 - 6
LAN - Jimmy Veker 2-yard run (Ryan LaBerge kick), 9:08.
LAN - Ryan Beauprey 39- yard run (LaBerge kick), 5:14.
LAN - LaBerge, 43-yard run (LaBerge kick), 3:37.
LAN - Veker 12 run (LaBErge kick), 10:20.
LAN - Veker 5 run, 5:45 (LaBerge kick).
ONT - Morris 20-yard catch from Soumis (run fail), 0:41.
LAN - Veker 16-yard pass from Ostermeyer (LaBerge kick).
LAN - 33-yard field goal LaBerge, 3:41.
Gogebic 44, Baraga 14
BESSEMER - The Gogebic Miners started out hot Friday night, burying Baraga in a three touchdown hole in the first quarter the Vikings were never able to climb out of, eventually falling 44-14.
A series of big plays did Baraga in, with Gogebic scoring from 19, 40, 50 and 29 yards out, plus forcing and recovering a fumble in the endzone.
Baraga did show signs of life at the end, with touchdown runs from Eddie Ling and Dillon Hueckstaedt in the fourth quarter to buoy the spirits for next week.
Baraga 0 0 0 14 - 14
Gogebic 20 12 0 12 - 44
Gog - Max France 19 pass from Ben Zielinski (Zielinski kick), 10:25
Gog - Collin Gagnon 40 pass from Zielinski (Zielinski kick), 6:41
Gog - Trent Quade 51 run (kick failed), 51.2
Gog - Jess Mazzon recover fumble in end zone (kick failed), 1:51
Gog - Paul Buerger 3 run (kick failed), 18.2
Gog - Kevin Lane 29 pass from Zielinski (kick failed), 11:35
Bar - Eddie Ling 5 run (Ling run), 5:36
Gog - Lance Berwald 4 run (kick failed), 2:51
Bar - Dillon Hueckstaedt 17 run (run failed), 0:00.