Munising Mustangs run all over Newberry, 40-0
MARQUETTE — Chad Trepcyzk ran for more than 200 yards for the second straight game to lead Munising to a 40-0 blanking of Newberry in a high school football game played Saturday evening.
Trepczyk gained 228 yards in 23 carries, just a shade under 10 yards per attempt, a week after he rolled up 265 yards on the ground in a win at Rudyard.
But the Mustangs had a much easier time than in their 30-26 nailbiter on the road a week ago.
“Our run game was very good, but the big difference was that we cleaned up our pass defense,” MHS head coach Matt Mattson said. “Getting a shutout of Newberry was mainly because of our improvement on the defensive side.”
School officials had a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of Munising winning the MHSAA Class C title in 1980, and Mattson said it was noted that during that fall exactly 40 years earlier — on Sept. 26, 1980 — the Mustangs also defeated Newberry 40-0.
On Saturday, Trepczyk only had about half of Munising’s 453 rushing yards as Josiah Peramaki added 125 of his own in just nine tries.
Teammate Kane Nebel quarterbacked the Mustangs to another 78 yards passing as he completed 4 of 6 without an interception.
Newberry statistics weren’t available.
After a scoreless first quarter, Munising broke the deadlock less than a minute into the second period when Trepczyk scored from 11 yards out. Peramaki added a 7-yard scoring run and Ethan Lakosky a 15-yard TD pass from Nebel as the halftime buzzer sounded to make it 20-0 at the break.
“Our first touchdown was a nice 16-play, 90-yard drive,” Mattson said, “but for the last one, we got the ball at our own 3-yard line with 1:15 left and proceeded to drive it 97 yards in 75 seconds.
“It had been 12-0 at that time, so I think it kind of deflated Newberry a bit, going into halftime 20-0 and getting the ball to start the third quarter.”
Nebel tacked on a 3-yard TD run about 2 1/2 minutes into the second half, while Matthew Lindquist scored on an 8-yard run later in the quarter to make it 34-0.
Peramaki put an exclamation point on the game with the only score of the final quarter, an 80-yard scamper to paydirt.
On Thursday, Newberry plays at North Dickinson, while on Friday, the Mustangs host county rival Superior Central. Times of each game is 7 p.m. EDT.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.