ISHPEMING - On the stat sheet, Friday night's Mid-Peninsula Conference matchup between Norway and Westwood in Ishpeming looked pretty equal.
But with 202 rushing and 43 passing yards, the Patriots pulled through with a 21-16 win over the Knights, who ran for 100 yards and well exceeded Westwood's passing with 137 yards.
Francois Montbrun led the way for the Patriots' offense, as he rushed for 164 yards on 42 carries. Quarterback Nate Klisch completed 3 of 10 passes for 43 yards in the win.
Westwood led 13-0 at the half before succumbing to two Norway touchdowns in the second half.
Scoring first for Westwood was Montbrun, who scored on a 1-yard rush and three minutes later on a 2-yard rush.
Klisch added an 8-yard TD run at 6:30 in the third, accompanied by a Klisch to Trevor Swanson two-point conversion pass to make the score 21-0.
Norway answered with the two final touchdowns of the game, the first coming from Jorden Neumann on a 1-yard run with a minute left in the third quarter, while the second came from Austin Grayvold, who ran for 18 yards on a pass from Isaac Bray with 2:13 left in the game.
Neumann ran in both two-point conversions to end the game at 16 for the Knights.
"The only thing I have to say is the kids stepped up today," head coach Jon Beckman said. "We had some injuries and were playing kids in different positions, but they performed well even with injuries. I couldn't be prouder of the effort from the kids."
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HARRIS - Before Friday night, the Bark River-Harris Broncos last win came almost exactly two years ago, on Oct. 8, 2010.
That is, until they beat the Munising Mustangs on homecoming night to end the U.P.'s longest losing streak (17) and break into the win column.
On just the third play of the game, Broncos running back Brian Latta broken open a 51-yard run that he took all the way down to the 1-yard line. He fought into the end zone on the next play for the first score of the contest.
Munising answered back with a nine-play, 67-yard drive capped off by an 18-yard touchdown run by Cody Hayes to tie the game.
Mustangs quarterback Noah Ackerman connected with Alex Hill on a 43-yard reception to set up a touchdown to start the second half
Munising's Ryan Walther broke through a hole and opened up for a 44-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-22 with a two-point conversion. But that would be the last time Munising would reach the end zone.