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Negaunee Miners’ football season ends with 42-14 loss at Calumet

CALUMET — A cold, wet and snowy Friday night at Agassiz Field was not able put the chill on the red hot Calumet Copper Kings as they rolled past Negaunee in an MHSAA Division 6 pre-district game 42-14.

It was the second meeting between the teams this season and not much changed since they first battled early in September.

The Copper Kings won that one as well 30-6.

“It was a great win for us,” Calumet head coach John Croze said. “It has been a great rivalry now going on for about 10 years and I thought our guys played outstanding.”

The Copper Kings will host the winner today’s Westwood versus Menominee game.

Given the history, Negaunee head coach Paul Jacobson knew what to expect. However, the Copper Kings defense gave the Miners fits all night long.

“Calumet is just tough up and down the line,” he said. “(Alex) Studebaker gave us trouble all night and we just could not generate any offense. That really knocked the wind out of our sails. We had our opportunities but we just didn’t capitalize on the plays we needed to make.”

The Copper Kings stuck with the running game throughout. Of their 379 total yards, 321 came on the ground. They got on the scoreboard first at the 6:19 mark in the first quarter when senior quarterback Scott Loukus ended a 50-plus yard drive with a 10-yard dash into the end zone.

With a minute left in the half the Copper Kings made it 28-0 as Scott Loukus hit receiver Dean Loukus for a 29-yard TD pass.

The Copper Kings defense limited the Miners to just 196 yards of total offense.

Negaunee finally scored late in the third quarter. Miners quarterback Jason Waterman hit receiver Alex Munson with a 23-yard pass. The point after by kicker Erik Salminen was good.

Waterman was 5 of 12 passing for 124 yards in the game.

The Miners scored again at the start of the fourth quarter. Waterman completed a 70-yard pass to Salminen who carried it in for six points. Salminen added the extra point.