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Negaunee breezes after quick start

By Journal Sports Staff

NEGAUNEE — Quarterback Jason Waterman accounted for three touchdowns and teammate Nash Hillier ran for 166 yards as Negaunee slid past Gogebic 42-16 in a high school football game played at the Miners’ field in Negaunee on Friday night.

The Negaunee Miners (5-2) moved within one win of a near-automatic playoff spot by scoring five touchdowns in the first quarter to build a quick 35-0 lead, getting it to 42-0 by the end of the third quarter before the Gogebic Miners make it more respectable with two fourth-quarter TDs.

Waterman opened the scoring with a 7-yard TD run, threw a 58-yard scoring strike to Alex Munson for the fourth score and ran in himself again from 3 yards away for Negaunee’s only TD of the second half.

Erik Salminen made 4 of 5 extra points as Waterman made good on a 2-point conversion, too.

Waterman was just 2 of 4 passing, but totaled 71 yards on his pair of completions, both to Munson.

Hillier, who scored Negaunee’s second TD from 8 yards out, needed just 16 carries to account for 166 yards rushing, averaging 10.4 yards per rush.

In all, Negaunee outgained Gogebic 368-138 with NHS rolling up 297 yards on the ground. Lucas Nelson, who rushed for 80 yards in 11 tries, scored Negaunee’s third TD on a 4-yard run and fifth TD on a 5-yarder.

Gogebic managed 125 yards rushing, with Peyton Solberg earning 81 yards in 19 carries, and just 13 yards through the air as QB Connor Fingeroos was 2 of 7 with an interception made by NHS’ Nick Jacobetti.

On Friday, Negaunee hosts Houghton while Gogebic entertains Westwood.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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