MARQUETTE - Gwinn lost a heartbreaker in its quest to even its high school football season record while Ishpeming and Manistique scored victories and Westwood, Munising and Newberry were tagged with losses Friday night.
Ishpeming 29, Newberry 6
At Ishpeming, the Hematites' Eric Kostreva rushed 35 times for 200 yards and Ishpeming's defense held Newberry to less than 100 total yards in improving to 7-1.
Kostreva also scored the Hematites first touchdown on a 41-yard run less than a minute and a half into the game. Ishpeming tacked on single touchdowns in the subsequent three quarters, too.
Tyrus Millimaki, one of two quarterbacks employed by IHS coach Jeff Olson, scored on a 32-yard run just before halftime, Bobby Zhulkie ran in from four yards out with 32 seconds left in the third quarter, and Tyler Windahl made Ishpeming's only completed pass of the night count for an 18-yard TD to Seppi Bertucci with 5:03 left in the game.
Newberry (3-5) got its score 21 seconds into the fourth quarter when QB Ian Stokes hooked up with Dustin Brown on a 70-yard scoring pass.
But the Indians finished with just 11 yards rushing on 32 carries, the best numbers coming from junior offensive lineman Jarret Brow gaining 15 yards on a single carry. Stokes completed 2 of 6 passes for 82 yards and an interception.
Ishpeming just missed 300 total yards, with the 18-yard pass and 281 yards rushing in 54 attempts.
Norway 25, Gwinn 24
At Gwinn, the Knights (3-5 overall, 1-4 Mid-Peninsula Conference) broke the Homecoming crowd's hearts by scoring with 1:04 to go on a 1-yard run by Jorden Neumann and added the game-winning extra-point kick when William Bourg sent the ball sailing just inside the right upright.
"We played extremely well the whole game," Gwinn coach Darren Sinnaeve said. "We played well enough to win, so it's just heart-wrenching when this happens."
The Modeltowners (3-5, 1-4) took an 8-0 lead as Caleb Floars scored on a 17-yard TD run and Owen DeVooght added the PAT run five minutes before halftime.
Norway edged closer with an 8-yard TD pass from Isaac Bray to Nicolas Pearman in the final minute of the half, but missed on a tying PAT pass.
The Knights twice took the lead in the third quarter only to have Gwinn answer each score with its own TD to take a 24-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Both of Norway's TDs were scored by John Grayvole on 69-yard plays, the first a TD pass from Bray and the second on a run. Gwinn answered on QB Justin Nyquist's 5-yard run and DeVooght's 18-yard run.
The difference in the game came as Gwinn made both its two-point conversions on runs by DeVooght and Floars.
DeVooght finished as the game's leading rusher with 21 carries for 144 yards, while Grayvold had two carries for 73 yards. Nyquist completed 4 of 5 passes for 37 yards and Bray made good on 6 of 12 for 138.
Teamwise, Gwinn earned 263 yards on the ground to 179 for Norway.
Stephenson 49, Munising 6
At Munising, Mustangs quarterback Noah Ackerman threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Alex Hill in the first quarter, but the Eagles countered with three TD passes of their own by Austin Grinsteiner.
Munising, 2-6 overall and 0-5 to finish its inaugural season in the Mid-Eastern Football Conference, managed just 78 total yards against Stephenson (6-2, 3-1).
Ackerman's TD pass came with 2:27 to go in the opening period after the Eagles had already put 20 points on the scoreboard on Grinsteiner's 7-yard TD throw to Travis Wangerin, T.J. Raether's 3-yard scoring run and Grinsteiner's 2-yard TD run.
Grinsteiner added a 23-yard scoring throw in the second quarter to Casey Wilson and a 39-yard TD toss in the third quarter to Skyler Joslin, who made five of six extra-point kicks.
Stephenson's Quintin Lukasik added TD runs of 19 yards in the second quarter and 23 yards in the fourth quarter.
Ackerman completed 6 of 19 passes for 62 yards and an interception, while Munising managed just 14 yards rushing in 24 tries, led by Cody Hayes gaining 18 yards in four carries.
Mustangs freshman linebacker/defensive tackle Ian McInnis made a team-high 11 tackles and recovered a fumble in the third quarter, while senior LB Joe Paquette added 10 tackles.
Statistics weren't available for Stephenson.
Manistique 44, Westwood 28
At Manistique, the Emeralds broke a 20-20 halftime tie with a decisive third quarter.
Manistique capitalized on a 12-yard pass from Tyler Kangas to Max Nelson to open the second-half scoring, while Kenner Broulliere added a 13-yard touchdown and added the two extra points on each score. By the end of the game, Broulliere broke 1,000 yards rushing for his career.
"We had a pretty good third quarter," said Emerald Coach Todd Kangas. "That was important for us. We kind of battled back. To get that two-possession lead was big."
"We had a hard time stopping their running game, especially Broulliere," Westwood coach Jon Beckman said. "I'm proud of the effort our kids gave, because we've lost a number of players to injury."
The victory enabled Manistique (5-3 overall, 4-3 M-PC) to move a step closer to a playoff berth. The Emeralds can punch their ticket to the postseason with a victory over Harbor Springs at home on Friday.
Manistique scored first on a 25-yard run by Broulliere, while the Patriots (3-5, 1-4) took a 7-6 lead with their own 25-yard score on a pass from Nathan Clisch to Travis Swanson. Clisch finished completing 15 of 21 passes, while Francois Montbrun totaled just over 100 yards, according to Beckman.
Westwood scored on a five-yard touchdown by Montbrun early in the second quarter, going up 14-6, but Manistique came back with a 33-yard TD pass from Kangas to Nelson to get within 14-12. Westwood's Clisch then connected on a 30-yard pass to Tyler Harvala.
With 2:05 left before halftime, Manistique's Kangas threw to Zach Lambert on a eight-yard pass across the goal line. Kangas then passed to Matt Gonzalez for the extra two points, tying the game at 20-20.
In the fourth, Westwood scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from Clisch to Swanson and added the extra two points.