Prep football: LaJoie leads Negaunee Miners over Marquette Redmen in Diamond Jubilee

NEGAUNEE – Following a layoff weekend, the Marquette Senior High School football team took on the Negaunee Miners Friday and wound up with a 38-14 loss in this season’s Diamond Jubilee game.

The Redmen are now 5-2 this season after the Miners rebounded from their 28-24 loss last weekend against Ishpeming, bringing them to 7-1 for the season.

The Redmen tallied 89 rushing yards, while the Miners concluded the night with 415 with the help of senior runner back Tyler LaJoie, who scored four of Negaunee’s five touchdowns on the night.

Marquette head coach David L’Huillier said the night against the rivals could have ended better for his team.

“We didn’t stop the run at all, all game long,” L’Huillier said. “Give credit to Negaunee. They had a great game plan and executed it very well tonight.

“We ran the ball all right during the first couple of drives, but we shot ourselves in the foot every single drive after. We could never just get ourselves right on track.”

The Miners opened the scoring when LaJoie ran into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown with 5:59 left in the first quarter.

The Redmen answered with 3:10 remaining when senior running back Paul Smith ran five yards for a score.

In the second quarter, LaJoie ran in the second touchdown for the Miners to bring the game to 14-7 after the team tallied two extra points.

LaJoie then scored the next touchdown with 6:52 left in the second, making it a 22-7 Negaunee lead.

LaJoie said the Miners’ offensive line came together to help the team land a victory against their rivals.

“We did a really good job,” LaJoie said. “Our linemen executed well and got all of the key blocks for me to get. There were big holes to run through.”

Negaunee opened the scoring in the third quarter when junior quarterback Ryan Syrjala ran in for an 8-yard touchdown.

With 3:59 left in the third, LaJoie contributed another touchdown to bring the score to 38-7.

In the fourth quarter, the Redmen notched the final touchdown of the game when junior Connor Brazeau, replacing junior quarterback Brett Place due to injury, passed to senior wide receiver Kurt Burmeister for a 59-yard touchdown with 11:34 left in the game.

“The kids did a great job in responding from last week’s loss,” NHS head coach Paul Jacobson said. “Coming out this week, they really put it on themselves to prepare themselves well and do a little extra.

“I attribute that to the senior leadership we have here and I thought we played a very good team tonight.”

The Redmen next kick off against the Menominee Maroons at 6 p.m. in Marquette next Friday, while the Miners will play the Westwood Patriots at 7 p.m. in Ishpeming.