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Westwood rompa over Manisitque 44-0 in Patriots’ football season opener

MANISTIQUE — After being forced to cancel its season opener last week, the Westwood football team’s year got underway Thursday night and it went quite well as the Patriots romped over Manistique 44-0, racking up 455 yards of offense.

Westwood head coach Scott Syrjala said he was pleased with what he saw overall and said that although the Patriots made some mistakes, they be able to fix them.

“Going into this first game. we didn’t know much about Manistique and I heard that they could move the ball on Negaunee,” he said. “So I was a little worried and you don’t know what to expect. There were some first game jitters and lots of penalties. But they were just mistakes that we’ll fix and they were just anxious. After school, we watched film and saw a lot of positive things.”

Garrett Mann led Westwood with 11 rushes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while Steven Carlson had 12 carries for 115 yards and two TDs.

“That’s what we are, we believe in running the football first,” Syrjala said. “I can’t say enough about our line play either. (Assistant coach) Brad Wiljanen is one of the best in the U.P. and does a great job with our kids.”

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.

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