MANISTIQUE - A promising first quarter wasn't enough for the Manistique Emeralds Friday night as they dropped their season opener 42-20 to Negaunee.
Kenner Broullire scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter to give the Emeralds a 14-0 lead in this Mid-Peninsula Conference game.
The Miners, however, came back with a vengeance in the second period, scoring four times for a 28-14 halftime advantage. Dustin Goupille got Negaunee on the board with a 13-yard touchdown run, with Adam Francis' 1- and 88-yard runs also among the NHS TDs.
"The most disappointing thing is we had him wrapped up," Emeralds' coach Todd Kangas said of Francis's long TD dash. "We overran the play."
Manistique trimmed its deficit to 28-20 early in the third stanza on a 9-yard pass from Tyler Kangas to Max Nelson.
Tanner Uren, however, added 27- and 6-yard runs in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, to secure the decision.
Stephenson 36, Westwood 18
Score by quarters:
WESTWOOD 12 0 0 6 - 18
STEPHENSON 0 14 8 14 - 36
Westwood - Nate Clisch 67 run (run failed), 6:21
Westwood - Francois Montbrun 1 run (run failed), 4:00
Stephenson - TJ Raether 1 run (run failed), 11:17
Stephenson - 15 pass (run good), 3:05 (names not available)
Stephenson - Raether 1 run (Austin Grinsteiner run good), 4:28
Westwood - Montbrun 1 run (pass failed), 11:15
Stephenson - Nolan Lukasik 80 kickoff return, 11:01
Stephenson - Lukasik 45 run (Lukasik run good), 2:13
First downs - Westwood, 12; Stephenson, 13
Rushes-yards - Westwood, 46-326 (Montbrun, 24-167); Stephenson, 39-276 (Lukasik, 14-174)
Comp-Att-Int-Yards - Westwood, Clisch, 1-6-0-8; Stephenson, Grinsteiner, 5-10-0-42
Newberry 34, Rudyard 6
Score by quarters:
Rudyard 6 0 0 0 - 6
Newberry 14 7 0 13 - 34
R - Funk, 86 kick return (kick blocked), 11:44
N - Dustin Crosby, 90 kick return (Kick blocked), 11:30
N - Mike Ash, 9 run (Ash run), 4:30
N - Ian Stokes, 1 run (Kick Dustin Brown), 5:20
N - Ash, 18 run (Kick Brown), 8:15
N - Jordan Hood, 28 run, (Kick failed), 3:00
First downs - R, 3; N, 13
Rushes-yards - N, 52-291 (Ash, 27-140)
Comp-Att-Int-Yards - N, Stokes 4-8-0-86
Broullire led the Emeralds in rushing with 111 yards on 20 carries. Tyler Kangas was 7 of 20 passing for 79 yards, one TD and one interception.
At Stephenson, Patriots coach Jon Beckman blamed two drives stalling out on downs inside the 5-yard-line for turning the tide again WHS.
"We ran the ball quite effectively," he said. "If we would've punched the ball in those two times, not only would we have been in the ballgame, but we might've been able to be in control."
One of those drives occurred just before halftime with Stephenson leading 14-12 and the other early in the fourth quarter when the Eagles had a 10-point lead.
Senior Francois Montbrun led Westwood's 326-yard rushing attack, gaining 167 yards in 24 carries and scoring on 1-yard runs late in the first and early in the fourth quarters. The first touchdown was set up by senior linebacker Zach Rankinen's fumble recovery near midfield.
Senior quarterback Nate Clisch completed just 1 of 6 passes for 8 yards, but scored the Patriots' first TD on a 67-yard scamper halfway through the opening period.
After Montbrun scored his second TD to pull Westwood within 22-18, Stephenson put the game away when Nolan Lukasik returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a TD and scored on a 45-yard run with 2:13 remaining.
At Newberry, Mike Ash ran for 140 yards and scored twice to lead the Indians.
Ash scored on a 9-yard scamper in the first quarter to help give the Indians a 21-6 halftime lead, then added an 18-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Dustin Crosby erased a game-opening 86-yard TD return by the Bulldogs with a 90-yard score on the ensuing kickoff for Newberry.
Indians quarterback Ian Stokes passed for 86 yards and scored on a 1-yard burst.