Prep football roundup: Ishpeming opens season with back-to-back shutouts, rolls over Manistique 38-0

By Journal Sports Staff

MANISTIQUE – Two Games, two running clocks and no touchdowns allowed.

That’s one way to come off a state championship season.

After opening 2013 with a 36-0 victory over Iron Mountain a week ago, the Ishpeming High School football team pounded Manistique on Friday, 38-0, to improve to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

The Hematites haven’t allowed a touchdown now in nine consecutive quarters dating back to their 2012 MHSAA Division 7 state championship victory.

Tyrus Millimaki caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Briones. The latter led his team in rushing with 98 yards and 22 carries while completing 5 of 9 passes for 127 yards.

“It’s nice to have Alex as a dual threat with his running and passing,” Ishpeming head coach Jeff Olson said.

“Our defense played well. We put a lot of pressure on their quarterback (Tyler Kangas) and our corners covered extremely well.”

Up next for the Hematites is a non-conference game on Sept. 13 at Calumet.

Iron Mountain 27

Gwinn 8

GWINN – James Christiansen rushed for 298 yards to lead Iron Mountain to a 27-8 victory over Gwinn at the Modeltowners field on Friday evening.

Despite the punishing ground game, Gwinn coach Darren Sinneave said his team still had a chance to win the game.

“We were in it because it was only 13-8 at halftime,” he said. “We moved the ball up and down the field, but we couldn’t punch it in the end zone.”

The Modeltowners (1-1 overall, 0-1 Mid-Peninsula Conference) had their chances because of Sinnaeve’s son, senior Luke Sinnaeve, who like Christiansen ran the ball 29 times and finished with exactly 200 yards.

But a second Gwinn running threat, fellow senior Owen DeVooght, vanished in the second half after he injured his hand. DeVooght did, however, continue to play on defense after the intermission, according to Darren Sinneave.

Nearly all the game’s yards came on the ground, IM totalling 354 rushing and none passing while Gwinn 298 and 13.

After a scoreless first quarter, IM’s Brock Grenier scored from five yards out with 10:08 left in the second period.

Gwinn then took an 8-7 lead less then three minutes later when Sinneave punched it in from 11 yards out and added the two-point conversion run.

IM regained the lead at 13-8 about five minutes before halftime when Christiansen scored on a 52-yards scamper and the extra-point kick failed.

The Mountaineers (1-1, 1-1) added TDs of 6 and 5 yards by Craig Qualley in the second half to salt away the victory.

Gwinn returns to action in another M-PC game at Manistique at 7 p.m. Friday.

North Central 14,

Munising 12

MUNISING – The visiting Jets scored 14 points in the second quarter and hung on for the Mid-Eastern Conference victory.

Rob Granquist threw a pair of touchdown passes, plus a two-point conversion for the Jets. He finished 9-of-23 passing for 190 yards with one interception.

Munising took a 6-0 lead after the first quarter via an 8-yard pass from Austin Kelto to Garrett Blank. The two connected again for a TD with 21 seconds to go in the game.

Kelto finished 10-of-21 passing for 202 yards with one interceptions.

On the ground, Cody Hayes gained 83 yards on 22 carries for Munising. Josh Granquist ran for 19 of the Jets’ 31 total rushing yards.

North Dickinson 36,

Newberry 12

At Newberry, the Indians (1-1, 0-1 Mid-Eastern Conference) were unable to finish off their drives and dug themselves a 28-0 halftime hole despite running nearly twice as many offensive plays during the game.

Meanwhile, North Dickinson (2-0, 1-0) ran off long touchdown runs of 34 and 63 yards in the first half.

“They hit us with some big plays early before we made some adjustments,” Newberry coach Fred Bryant said. “We put some drives together, but three turnovers and some penalties stopped us from scoring.”

The Indians ran 61 offensive plays to 35 for ND, but were outgained 346-223. Newberry also held a slim 15-14 edge in first downs.

Senior halfback Chris Ducsay scored both of Newberry’s TDs on runs of 8 and 5 yards in the fourth quarter. He carried the ball 21 times for 117 of his team’s 207 rushing yards. Senior fullback Steven Livermore added 57 yards in 15 carries.

“Livermore ran for some tough yards in the middle,” Bryant said.

ND got TD runs of 34 and 44 yards from running back Tim Hruska and 63 and 2 yards from QB Logan O’Neil, with Matt Schultz adding a 16-yard scoring run.

Newberry also recovered fumbles by junior Austin Berry and senior Josh Lewis.