Mustangs, Hematites post road shutouts
MARQUETTE – Last year’s area representatives in the MHSAA state football championship games, Ishpeming and Munising, posted shutouts on the road on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Newberry lost at home to Forest Park 44-24.
Munising 55, Manistique 0
At Manistique, Mike Graves starred on both sides of the ball in this nonconference game, but it was teammate Thomas Hyde that insured the result before the halftime horn sounded.
Graves caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Will Seymour for a touchdown about 4 1/2 minutes into the game while also making two interceptions on passes thrown by Manistique QB Nolan Armock.
Meanwhile, Hyde piled up scoring runs of 21, 5, 19 and 52 yards in the second quarter to help the Mustangs (4-1) build a 41-0 lead at the break.
Seymour also had a 2-yard TD run later in the first quarter while adding a 2-point PAT pass to Graves off Hyde’s first TD.
“Everything went well,” Munising coach Jeff Seaberg said. “We’ve been a little bit nicked up, so we were able to rest several starters.
“Our (offensive) line at times has struggled, but in the second quarter, they did an excellent job. They were bound and determined to open things up.”
With a running clock throughout the second half, the Mustangs’ Bradley Cota ran in a TD from 12 yards out in the third quarter and Quintin Tarasan from 50 yards away in the fourth.
Ian McInnis made 5 of 6 extra-point kicks, too.
Statistically, Munising held a huge advantage in total yards, 403-59, which included a 384 to negative-22 yards on the ground.
The Emeralds did manage 81 yards through the air on 9 of 18 passes, but Armock was picked off four times, twice by Graves and once each by Tarasan and Seymour.
Ishpeming 40, Norway 0
At Norway, running back Isaac Olson and QB Ozzy Corp each surpassed 100 yards rushing as the Hematites built a 32-0 halftime lead in this Mid-Peninsula Conference game.
As it has done for the past several years, Ishpeming (5-0) became the first team in the state to clinch an MHSAA playoff berth since it only needs five wins to do that in its eight-game schedule.
“Everybody contributed,” IHS coach Jeff Olson said. “We’ve played three really good games in a row and now we have a week off.
“That could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing. It will give us a chance to rest us some guys, but we don’t want to get stale.
“We have to continue to work hard; we’ve got to continue to get better.”
Isaac Olson rolled up 127 yards in just four carries, one an 80-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Corp had 111 yards on the ground in 12 tries while adding 126 yards passing on 6 of 9 with no interceptions. He scored two TDs on the ground of 5 and 9 yards.
Halen Carello added a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter and Nick Comment a 7-yarder just 1:07 before halftime.
Ishpeming outgained Norway, 482-114, including a 356-65 edge on the ground.
Forest Park 44,
At Newberry, the visiting Trojans built a 16-0 lead halfway through the second quarter and the Indians (3-2) were never quite able to catch up.
“They were 2-2 and they looked like a team that was in desperation mode,” Newberry coach Fred Bryant said. “They looked like they knew if they lost this game they might not make the playoffs.”
Bryant said two interceptions that set up the Trojans with short fields hurt his team’s chances.
QB John Paramski accounted for three Indians TDs on runs of 1 and 2 yards in the middle two quarters and a 40-yard pass to Josh Hood in the fourth quarter.
Earlier in the fourth, Hood returns a kickoff 85 yards for a score, making the game 38-18 at that point.
Paramski was 9 for 21 for 151 yards passing but with the two picks as the Indians managed just 94 yards on the ground.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.