ISHPEMING – Since the World Series is set to start Tuesday night, it’s easy to tell that Westwood “Stung” a second-half shutout to pull away from Negaunee after a tight first half in the Patriots’ 32-14 high school win on Friday night.
Leading just 18-14 at halftime, Westwood did not allow another run while securing a pair of touchdowns, including one by defense, in the second half.
Leading running back Zach Carlson had four touchdowns – two on the ground, one as a passer and one on defense.
Defensive TD arrived in the fourth quarter when Miners quarterback Gerald Johnson attempted a pass around the Pats’ 32-yard line that fell incomplete, but because it was judged as a back pass, she was considered a fumble and Carlson picked it up and ran. about 48 yards for the score.
Carlson opened the scoring with a 28-yard TD rushing for only points in the first quarter before QB Zach Beckman threw a 20-yard pass to Marcus Boase to make it 12-0 early in the second quarter.
Negaunee came down to 12-7 when Johnson completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Phil Nelson and Nelson kicked the extra point.
Westwood made it a two-point game again when Carlson netted a touchdown, this time from 46 yards, making it 18-7.
But the Miners once again narrowed the lead to just four points before halftime when Johnson ran a yard and Nelson started another PAT.
That’s all Negaunee would get as Westwood increased their lead in the third quarter on a pass from the running back when Carlson completed a 30-yard throw to Garrett Sundberg.
Carlson didn’t just have four touchdowns, he was the best running back and also had some really good passing numbers. He ran for 188 yards on 26 carries while completing 2 of 2 passes for 60 yards.
Beckman completed 5 of 7 passes for 122 yards and one interception while Boase made five catches for 131 yards.
Johnson led the Negaunee offense, completing 4 of 10 passes for 119 yards and an interception, then ran for 78 yards on 10 attempts.
His teammate Nico Lukkarinen ran for 51 extra yards on 11 carries.
As he has been all season, Nelson has been the Miners’ main receiver, catching three passes for 110 yards.
Overall, Westwood had a 377-272 advantage in total yards. The Patriots had a 195-153 advantage on the ground and a 182-119 advantage in the air.
Marquette 17, Petoskey 14
On Friday at Petoskey, the Redmen ended any doubts about their entry into the Division 3 playoffs by improving their record to 7-2 and doing so against another Division 3 opponent.
The Redmen opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD executed by Desmond Mullen at the end of the first quarter before the Northmen tied it 7-7 at the start of the second on a 3-yard throw from Joe McCarthy to Gavin Wargel.
Marquette had a big field goal near the middle of the second when Ryland Kohler scored 32 yards. He remained 10-7 MSHS at halftime.
The teams traded back-to-back interceptions, but no scores, for much of the second half, according to a Petoskey News-Review report.
The Redmen opened a 17-7 lead with just over four minutes to go on a 4-yard TD run by Marquette QB Austin Ridl, but Petoskey was able to respond with 41 seconds left when McCarthy logged on. a TD pass, this time to Parker Shuman.
MSHS then recovers the ensuing in-play kick to end the bout.
Marquette had a 312-243 advantage in total yards, according to statistics provided by Redmen head coach Eric Mason.
Ridl completed 14 of 26 passes for 142 yards and one interception, while Petoskey’s McCarthy was good on 17 of 35 passes for 180 yards and also an interception.
Marquette’s top receiver was Justin Jurmu with five catches for 54 yards, while David Eberhard had two catches for 47 yards.
On the rush side, Mullen gained 136 yards on 25 attempts with his touchdown.
Munising 52, Brimley 30
On Friday at Brimley, junior Josiah Peramaki led the Mustangs’ powerful offense, gaining 264 rushing yards in just 13 carries as he scored four first-half touchdowns on 50, 64, 62 and 52 yard runs. .
The victory claimed the Great Lakes Conference Eastern Division title outright as Munising finished 6-1 and 7-2 overall.
Information compiled by Sports Journal Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]