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Prep Football Roundup: Patriots, Miners, Redmen all victorious

By Journal Sports Staff

L’ANSE — Zach Carlson and Garrett Mann combined to run for nearly 350 yards as each also completed a pass in Westwood’s 55-15 high school football victory at L’Anse on Friday night.

Carlson ran for 192 yards in 17 carries, including runs of 57, 32 and 27 yards, while Mann added 145 yards in 16 rushes that including long gainers of 27, 25, 22 and 21 yards.

Stephen Kangas caught a pass from each of those players for significant gains as he rolled up 57 yards receiving, a 29-yarder from Carlson and 28-yarder from Mann.

With Kangas also gaining 53 yards on the ground, the Patriots totaled 431 yards rushing in 46 carries and 488 total yards.

Both Carlson and Mann scored three TDs as Westwood built a 34-15 halftime lead and 42-15 advantage after three quarters.

Kangas and Travis Uren had the last two TDs for the Pats, who improved to 2-0 after having to forfeit their opener due to insufficient healthy players and winning by forfeit last week due to Hancock not fielding a team because of a coronavirus flare-up.

Nevertheless, Westwood had piled up 99 points on the scoreboard after they defeated Manistique 44-0 on Sept. 24.

L’Anse managed just 135 yards, most coming through the air as quarterback Alex Kissel completed 9 of 17 passes for 155 yards. But he was sacked six times totaling 61 yards in losses.

The Purple Hornets managed just 41 yards rushing as Dysean Allen had 29 yards in 10 carries and Virgil Mongozid 12 yards in three tries.

Scoring plays for L’Anse weren’t available.

On Friday, the Patriots host Bark River-Harris while the Hornets are at Iron Mountain. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.

Negaunee 48, Gogebic 0

At Bessemer on Saturday, Nash Hillier went wild for the Miners of Negaunee on offense, rolling up 230 yards on the ground and scoring four first-half touchdowns as Negaunee rolled up a 35-0 halftime lead.

Hillier earned his yardage in just 15 rushes, meaning he averaged 15.3 yards per carry.

He scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 91 yards in the first quarter and 48 and 9 yards in the second. Between his second-quarter scores, NHS quarterback Gerald Johnson threw an 18-yard scoring spiral to Matt Skewis.

Teammate Lukas Nelson scored from 6 yards out in the third quarter, while defender Bryce Storms returned an interception for the final TD in the fourth quarter, though the length of the return was unavailable.

Philip Nelson made four of six extra points as Hillier ran in for a 2-point conversion on the first TD.

Negaunee outgained Gogebic, which is also known as the Miners and is a cooperative of Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield-Marenisco, by an overwhelming 362-23 in yards.

NHS rolled up 305 yards on the ground, which also included 63 yards by Nelson in 16 tries, and 57 yards passing by Johnson, who was 4 of 6 without an interception.

Gogebic’s Jack Matrella was 2 of 4 passing, but for minus-13 yards (no sack yardage included), while these Miners gained just 36 yards rushing in 29 attempts, a 1.2-yard per carry average. Peyton Solberg led Gogebic with 27 yards on the ground in seven attempts.

Marquette 44,

Menominee 26

At Menominee on Friday, Redmen junior QB Austin Ridl lit up the skies, completing 9 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns, running in another, too. His passing yardage included a few yards in sacks, too.

It allowed Marquette (3-1) to build a three-game winning streak vs. the Maroons, the first time that’s happened since the 1973-74-75 seasons. The Redmen also felled Menominee 41-18 in their first game of the season, a hastily scheduled nonconference game after Gladstone was unable to field a team that week.

Marquette (3-1), which led 26-13 at halftime this time around, had a balanced attack with senior Brady Wright rushing for 156 yards in 21 carries and a second-half TD.

Ridl threw two of his TD strikes to junior Justin Jurmu for 70 yards in the first half and 32 yards in the second half as he finished with seven catches for 200 yards. Another was caught by junior Owen Beauchamp for 22 yards after halftime.

Wright’s 14-yard score came in the second half, while Beauchamp also had a rushing TD of 64 yards in the opening half.

“We played a total game, offense, defense and special teams,” MSHS head coach Eric Mason said. “That was the first time, as it’s either been the offense or defense that’s been carrying us in other games.”

He mentioned the sterling performance of junior Desmond Mullen, who had 15 tackles and also returned a punt 64 yards from near his goal line late in the first half that set up a 27-yard field goal by senior Connor Johnson. Johnson also made five of six extra-point kicks.

“He’s a weapon,” Mason said of Johnson. “He’s our punter, too. He covers just all of it between punting, kickoff, field goals and extra points.”

MSHS is set to play Escanaba in its final home game of the season at 6 p.m. Friday.

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

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