SAULT STE. MARIE - Jared Burbey kicked a 24-yard field goal with 1:24 left to give the Marquette Senior High School football Redmen a 17-14 non-conference win over host Sault Ste. Marie Friday night.
Trailing 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter, MSHS (3-0) got a 6-yard touchdown run from Brett Beauchamp eight seconds into the stanza to set up Burbey's late clutch kick.
"We had fourth-and-goal at the seven and Burbey kicked it through," MSHS head coach Dave L'Huillier said. "It was a huge field goal."
Kurt Burmeister caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Brett Place in the first quarter for Marquette's other TD.
Sault Ste. Marie (1-2) got scoring runs of 7 yards from Michael James and 24 yards from Raynell Anderson.
Beauchamp led the Redmen with 90 yards rushing. Teammate Paul Smith added 74.
Place wound up completing 12 passes in 23 attempts for 68 yards and one interception.
James rushed for a Soo-high 83 yards and passed 5 of 11 for 76 yards and a pick.
"The Soo showed a different offensive look, which took us a while to adjust to (defensively)," L'Huillier said.
Gwinn 24, Manistique 13
At Manistique, senior running back Owen DeVooght carried the load for Gwinn after injuring his hand and not finishing the game on offense the previous Friday against Iron Mountain.
DeVooght scored all three Modeltowners' touchdowns while rushing for a game-leading 181 yards on 24 carries.
"It was a really important win for us as far as keeping pace with our goal of making the playoffs," Modeltowners coach Darren Sinnaeve said.
Gwinn outgained Manistique, 310-207, as the Modeltowners amassed 291 yards rushing on 50 carries, with senior quarterback Justin Nyquist adding 19 yards passing on 2 of 5 throws with an interception and TD.
"When we're able to grind it out with Luke and Owen, they you have to ask yourself, 'Why throw it?'" Sinnaeve said, adding that the only negative for his team Friday was around 140 yards in penalties.
Senior Mike Brock scored both of Manistique's TDs, each on 2-yard runs, while senior teammate Austin Miller led Emeralds rushers with 72 yards in 16 carries.
Manistique managed 141 yards rushing on 37 carries, while QB Tyler Kangas was 8 of 19 passing for 66 yards.
The game was scoreless until late in the third quarter when DeVooght barreled into the end zone on an 8-yard run with 2:16 to go. Senior quarterback Justin Nyquist, just 2 of 5 through the air for 19 yards, ran in the two-point conversion.
Sinnaeve said his team moved the ball well before that, but penalties and several turnovers kept Gwinn out of the end zone.
Manistique (0-3 overall and in the Mid-Peninsula Conference) pulled within 8-6 with Brock's first score less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.
But Gwinn (2-1, 1-1) pulled away late in the game with back-to-back DeVooght scores 1:18 apart on a 14-yard pass from Nyquist and a 25-yard run.
The Emeralds made the score closer with a final TD with 38 seconds remaining from Brock, with an extra-point kick by senior Cameron Page.
North Dickinson 24, Munising 20
At Felch Friday night, Munising High School couldn't convert a late scoring opportunity and wound up losing a 24-20 Mid-Eastern Conference decision to North Dickinson.
The Mustangs (0-3, 0-2) got to the Nordics' 3-yard line with 17 seconds left, but a fourth down pass attempt went incomplete.
The Mustangs held a 12-7 first quarter lead behind a 40-yard scoring run by Austin Kelto and a 58-yard touchdown pass from Kelto to Colin Immel.
But ND grabbed a 17-12 lead at the half, and increased the advantage to 24-12 heading into the final quarter.
But Kelto scored on a 16-yard run and Ben Stasewich caught a conversion pass with 11:51 left to make it close.