Lakes remain winless after loss to Gwinn

George Leinonen/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden-Hubbell's William Lyons reaches to make a touchdown catch during a game against Gwinn Saturday at Werner Field.

LAKE LINDEN — Having seen a stronger part of the newly-merged WestPAC conference, the Lake Linden-Hubbell football team is ready for a softer part of their schedule.

LL-Hubbell dropped to 0-3 in the season after a 36-22 loss to the Gwinn Modetowners Saturday afternoon at Ron Warner Field.

“We knew the first part of our schedule was going to be very tough,” Lakes coach Andy Crouch said. “But we also knew we have to play them one at a time.”

The Lakes had played respectably in previous losses to powerful Norway and Ishpeming this season.

In Saturday’s game, the locals managed a 14-14 tie at halftime, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Carter Crouch to Will Lyons.

Gwinn coach Dion Brown was surprised the Lakes moved at will through the air.

“They (Lakes) found some seams in our coverage,” he said, “and their quarterback did a great job of delivering the ball.”

Gwinn’s senior tailback Seth Aho did much of the damage on Saturday.

Aho gained 222 yards on 25 carries and scored five times.

“He (Aho) is a tough runner and he can go inside or outside,” Coach Crouch said. “He hurt us with some big runs.”

Aho broke the stalemate with an 8-yard scoring run in the third quarter to make it 22-14. His winding 78-yard scoring jaunt early in the final period upped the score to 30-14.

“Seth is special,” Brown said. “He’s one of those guys who works out every single day from November to until August. (He’s a) senior leader (who’s) been on varsity with me for three years. He runs my defense as well but he’s also that senior running back that we need.”

The “never-say-die” Lakes tallied on a 5-yard run by Crouch later in the quarter to slice the margin to 30-22. That was set up by a Gwinn fumble at the their 13-yard line.

Any suspense was erased when the Modeltowners got a 20-yard touchdown run from Aho late in the fourth stanza.

Coach Crouch said he was “a little surprised” his team was able to move the ball through the air.

“We sure couldn’t run on them,” he said. “They set up the line of scrimmage pretty well. We had to go to the air to make some plays.”

Crouch was good on seven of his 15 passes for 155 yards. Lyons caught three passes for 69 yards, while Caleb Gregiore had three more for 62 yards.

The Lakes’ hard-running tailback Kellen Klein was limited to 29 carries in 14 carries.

“We concentrated on stopping him (Klein),” Brown said. “And we did for the most part.”

The Lakes will travel to Houghton on Friday night in their next game.

Gwinn goes to Hancock for a key league matchup the same night.

Scoring

Gwinn         14    0    8   14 – 36

LL-Hubbell   6     8    0    8 –  22

First quarter

GW — Seth Aho 30 run (run failed)

LL – Will Lyons 21 pass from Carter Crouch (run failed)

GW – Aho 17 run (Aho run)

Second quarter

LL – Lyons 20 pass from Crouch (Co. Gregoire run)

Third quarter

GW – Aho 8 run (Aho run)

Fourth quarter

GW – Aho 78 run (Aho run)

LL – Crouch 4 run (Jess Hill pass from Crouch)

GW – Aho 20 run (run failed)

Game stats

First downs: GW 14; LL 11; Rushing yards: GW Aho 25-222; LL Hill 12-39; Passing: GW 6-8-0-129; LL 7-14-1-155; Ind. rushing: GW Aho 25-222; LL Hill 12-39; Receiving: GW Taylor 2-41; Forbes 1-44; LL Lyons 3-69; Ca. Gregoire 3-62; Hill 1-20.

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