Lakes pull away in second half from Newberry for 44-29 win

NEWBERRY – The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes football team found themselves in a battle during the first half against Newberry on Friday night.

That wasn’t surprising, considering both host Newberry and the visiting Lakes were 4-0 entering the game.

Trailing by five points at halftime, LL-H regrouped in the second half to score 20 unanswered points and come away with a 44-29 victory.

The Indians (3-1 Mid-Eastern Football Conference) answered everything the Lakes threw at them in the first two quarters with long plays. John Paramski found Jeff Rahilly for touchdown passes of 54 and 77 yards in the opening quarter.

“We gave up big play after big play in the first half,” Lakes head coach Andy Crouch said. “In the second half, we did a much better job of not giving up big plays.”

The Lakes (2-0 MEFC) turned to Aaron Hainault to match what Rahilly and Paramski were doing, and he answered with a 15- and 19-yard touchdown runs. Both times Carter Crouch found Brendan Middleton for the 2-point conversion, giving the Lakes a 16-15 lead after one quarter.

Middleton struck again in the second quarter from 25 yards out. He also added the 2-point conversion.

“Hainault had some nice runs for us tonight,” said Crouch said. “Middleton did a nice job all night for us as well.

“Our offensive line is doing a fabulous job right now. They are creating the holes we need to run.”

Rahilly added another TD on a 4-yard run in the second quarter. Paramski added a short run of his own as well, giving the Indians the lead heading into the break.

In the second half, the Lakes took over.

Lincoln Klein scored the lone touchdown of the third quarter when he caught a pass from Carter Crouch and scored from 37 yards out. Middleton ran in the 2-pointer.

The Lakes ran in two more TDs in the fourth from 16 yards out by Steven Suhonen and 44 yards Crouch.

Newberry has another conference opponent to play at the Gogebic Miners in Bessemer on Friday night.