Prep football: Norway the latest to get routed by Ishpeming

NORWAY – Quarterback Alex Briones accounted for three scores and Ishpeming routed Norway 42-8 in Mid-Peninsula Conference football Saturday at Ronberg Field in Norway.

Briones threw first-quarter touchdown passes to Tyrus Millimaki (32 yards) and Marcus Antilla (36). The senior also ran the option for a 3-yard score to give the Hematites a 36-0 halftime lead.

Ishpeming Coach Jeff Olson credited a “a three-year quarterback, a good quarterback with a big arm” and a variety of targets.

“He can make those passes and we have four or five guys that can catch the ball,” Olson said. “We can spread it around. It’s tough to key on any of our guys or any one aspect of us. I like our versatility.”

The unbeaten Hematites, who built a 30-0 lead in the first quarter, added two touchdown runs from Bobby Zhulkie. The senior back also intercepted a pass.

Nate Meyer’s 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter capped Ishpeming’s scoring.

“We did look good and that usually doesn’t happen on a Saturday afternoon here,” Olson said of Ronberg Field. “We’ve had some tough losses with some good teams here. Norway always plays great on a Saturday afternoon.

“I was happy that our kids, right from the get go, were ready to play. They did a lot of things well.”

Norway cracked the scoreboard in the game’s final minute as Taylor Bonetti found his brother for a 25-yard scoring pass. Taylor Bonetti also ran for two points.

“That’s a class program,” Norway Coach Bob Madigan said of the defending MHSAA Division 7 state champions. “I’d love Norway to be there.”

Norway was missing several players to injury.

“The kids came out and played hard, but we were overmatched,” Madigan said.

On Friday, Ishpeming (5-0 overall, 4-0 MPC) visits Crandon and Norway (2-3, 1-1) travels to Negaunee.