Caden Luoma, turnover-happy defense power Ishpeming Hematites football team to 46-8 win at Bark River-Harris
HARRIS — The Ishpeming Hematites football team has discovered their quarterback quite by accident.
After an injury to their previous starter, junior Caden Luoma was installed at the signal caller’s position for Ishpeming, which defeated Bark River-Harris 46-8 on Friday night to improve to 2-3 this season.
That’s according to Ishpeming sports announcer Bob Nadeau of radio station WRUP 98.3 FM, who provided the team’s statistics.
All Luoma did on Friday was account for four-fifths of the Hematies’ offense while scoring four straight touchdowns in the middle of the game, which salted away the result.
He completed 12 of 17 passes for 167 yards and an interception while leading Ishpeming rushers with 153 yards in 11 carries.
That was 320 of his team’s 399 yards, which rounds to the four-fifths figure of 80%. But he “only” had two-thirds of his team’s six TDs, scoring on runs of 9, 42, 13 and 10 yards spanning from late in the opening quarter to midway through the third.
And Luoma even found time to make an interception while playing defense.
Ishpeming’s defense might’ve been even more dominant than its offense, since the Hematites forced six turnovers, five of them first-half interceptions. The sixth turnover was a second-half fumble recovery made by junior Joey Giroux.
The pickoffs included two by junior Ethan Corp and one each by Luoma, Connor Gauthier and Tramon Gauthier.
The Broncos (2-3) did account for 194 yards offense as Ethan Ives completed 3 of 15 passes for 71 yards and the five INTs. Dominick Latagne completed a 36-yard pass in the final three minutes of the game to Brysan Baker to account for BR-H’s only score.
Hunter Smith, the game’s leading receiver with five catches for 81 yards, caught a Luoma 7-yard TD pass about 3 1/2 minutes into the game. Corp’s first of three two-point conversion runs made it 8-0.
Then Luoma started going wild, scoring with just under four minutes left in the opening period that made it 16-0.
He had another scoring run late in the first half and two more in the early and middle stretches of the third that made it 38-0.
Corp punched the ball into the end zone for the final time for Ishpeming on the first play of the fourth to make it 46-0 before the Broncos would break through on the scoreboard in the late going.
Connor Gauthier was Luoma’s No. 2 pass target as he made four receptions for 56 yards.
Up this week for the Hematites is a 7 p.m. Friday date at L’Anse, while at the same time, BR-H will host Gwinn.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.