Hematites trounce Broncos, 54-13: IHS ends regular season 9-0



Escanaba Daily Press

HARRIS — A balanced attack led Ishpeming past Bark River-Harris 54-13 in a high school football game played here Thursday.

The Hematites jumped out to a 46-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Five players scored for the Hematites as they finished their regular season at a perfect 9-0.

Quarterback Gavin Sundberg connected with Drake Sundberg for a 33-yard touchdown to strike first. Drake Sundberg scored again shortly after on a 6-yard run run. Gavin Sundberg capped off the scoring for the Hematites on a 23-yard TD run in the third quarter.

The Broncos (2-7) got on the board late in the second quarter on a 45-yard TD pass from Nick Javurek to Colton Brunette to make it 46-6.

Javurek found Willie Schmitt on a 53-yard TD pass in the third quarter to cut the lead to 46-13.

“We were completely outmatched,” Broncos’ coach Al Stenberg said. “Our players were in a little bit of shock at the start, realizing how fast they were.

“But we had some opportunitites to throw the ball there and we took advantage of that. We had to throw the ball because they were so dominant up front.”

Javurek finished 4 of 14 passing for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Viau led the Broncos on the ground, rushing six times for 43 yards. Brunette finished with two receptions for 65 yards and a score.

The Hematites got contributions from everyone.

“We came out firing,” Hematites coach Jeff Olson said.

“We were great on both sides of the ball and that allowed our starters to only have to play a quarter. It was nice to let the second unit play a lot.

“We did a great job running the ball, and it was just a good overall performance.”

Gavin Sundberg was 3 of 5 passing for 72 yards and a TD. He also ran the ball four times for 78 yards and two more scores.

Teammate Braeden Arsenault had a big night on the ground, running 13 times for 72 yards and a score. Drake Sundberg had a 33-yard TD reception to lead the Hematites in receiving, and also had a six-yard scoring run.

Ishpeming waits to hear who its opponent is for the playoffs next week, likely in Division 8.