Newberry posts 1st 8-man football win on the field
NEWBERRY — The Newberry football team continued its solid start to the season Saturday afternoon.
After picking up a forfeit win last week, the Indians got their first actual victory ever in eight-player football as they ran past Stephenson 32-6.
Two Newberry players finished with more than 100 yards rushing as Carter Smithson racked up 128 yards on 17 carries and Ivan Oswald finished with 107 on 15 carries. Both also ran for two touchdowns apiece.
Indians quarterback Connor Rintamaki was 7 for 12 passing for 115 yards. He also had a TD.
Newberry scored three TDs in the first half for a 20-0 halftime lead. The Indians then padded their lead to 32 points before Stephenson got on the scoreboard on a long fumble return for a score.
“This was our first ever eight-man game and we realized it’s not going to be a cakewalk this year,” Newberry head coach Joe Austin said with a laugh. “We’re gonna keep getting better, though, and this was a good first step for us.”
Manistique 28, Gwinn 8
At Manistique on Friday, the Emeralds won for the first time since 2016 as Schyler Andersen dominated on the ground, rushing for four touchdowns.
“(Andersen) had some big plays and he had a good day,” MHS coach Todd Kangas said. “We kind of put our team on his back a little, at least with running responsibilities, and he did a great job.”
Gwinn head coach Dion Brown said he wasn’t totally surprised by quality of Manistique program, even though it suspended operations after playing just two games a year ago.
“They did exactly what we thought they could do,” Brown said. “We just dropped passes, took penalties, had some miscues and turnovers.
“It seemed like once we took the lead, (Andersen) just took over the game. It’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.”
Andersen got the scoring started with about four minutes left in the first quarter on a 50-yard TD run to give Manistique a 7-0 lead.
After the Emeralds (1-1, 1-1 West PAC) missed a few opportunities to extend their lead in the first half, Gwinn took its only lead in the third quarter. Substitute quarterback James Harvick threw an 8-yard TD pass to David Duvall with about four minutes left in the quarter, and with Harnick’s 2-point run, Gwinn led 8-7.
Modeltowners regular QB Caleb Anderson was knocked out of the game with an ankle sprain during the scoring drive and didn’t return.
Norway 14, Munsing 0
At Munising on Friday, the Mustangs outgained Norway but were unable to punch the ball in the end zone.
“They made some fourth-down conversions and we weren’t able to,” MHS coach Matt Mattson said. “We moved the ball well between the 20s (yard lines) but we couldn’t get it in the end zone.”
Mustangs quarterback Josh Huotari led all rushers with 101 yards in 22 carries while also completing 7 of 19 passes for 118 yards and one interception. Andrew Priebe was Huotari’s top target, catching three passes for 55 yards.
Munising (0-2) outgained the Knights 299-251 as the Mustangs had 181 yards rushing and Norway had 206.
Munising had an interception by Jason Lindeman.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Email Stieg and Brownlee at email@example.com.