MUNISING - Quarterback Andrew Peterson scored the game's lone touchdown with less than 10 minutes to go to lead West Iron County to a 7-0 victory at Munising in high school football action Friday night.
The Wykons intercepted Mustang junior quarterback Austin Kelto on a last-gasp drive near midfield with time winding down in both team's opening game of the season.
Kelto was intercepted three times as he completed 6 of 16 passes for 41 yards. Senior teammate Cody Hayes rushed 19 times for 87 yards, actually surpassing his team's total of 80 yards on the ground as Munising managed just 121 total yards.
"This was two strong defensive teams battling it out," MHS coach Jeff Seaberg said of a game played in perfect weather. "We struggled to move the ball, but we were able to hold them for the most part.
"I thought it would be the other way around - we'd be able to generate some offense and I worried about our defense."
Seaberg said his team never really threatened the end zone, while WIC had one other decent drive in the first half where a pass to the goal line ended up just out of the end zone.
West Iron County 7, Munising 0
Score by quarters:
West Iron County 0 0 0 7 - 7
Munising 0 0 0 0 - 0
WIC - Andrew Peterson 4 run (Ryan Rogers kick), 9:37
First downs - WIC, 9; Munising, 5
Rushes-yards - WIC, 44-123 (Ron Varney, 19-73); Munising, 26-80 (Cody Hayes, 19-87)
Comp-Att-Int-Yards - WIC, Peterson, 4-15-2-45; Munising, Austin Kelto, 6-16-3-41
Munising junior Colin Immel and Ryan Wood each intercepted Peterson as the Wykons' signal caller finished just 4 of 15 for 45 yards. Teammate Ron Varney earned 73 yards on 19 carries as WIC totaled 123 rushing yards and 168 in all.
West Iron moved the ball about 70 yards in its scoring drive, with the four-yard TD coming with 9:37 left, and also included Ryan Rogers' extra-point kick.
Stephenson 26, Westwood 7
ISHPEMING - Jake Maki ran in three touchdowns from 55, 4 and 22 yards to lead the Eagles over the Patriots.
Derek Wing's 26-yard first-quarter TD run was Westwood's lone score of the night. The Patriots finished with two first downs and 76 yards of total offense. Wing was responsible for 60 of those yards on three carries.
Maki finished with 95 yards for Stephenson, which totaled six first downs and 143 yards of offense.
Newberry 32, Rudyard 0
RUDYARD - Chris Ducsay scored four of the Indians' five touchdowns in a season-opening win at Rudyard on Thursday.
Ducsay scored on a 25 yard interception return for a touchdown and on runs of 13, 1 and 24 yards. He finished with 158 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Quarterback John Paramski also had a 1-yard TD run for the Indians. He was 3-of-6 passing for 45 yards and one interception.
James Oberle also had an interception for Newberry.