2012-09-13 / Sports

Emeralds bring home first win

Tyler Kangas Tyler Kangas GWINN – Two trips to Gwinn in two days proved to be worth the effort, as the Manistique Emerald football team brought home their first victory of the 2012 campaign.

On the bus Friday, the Emeralds arrived in Modeltowners territory, and jumped all over their hosts early. But as quickly as the Emeralds jumped to their commanding lead, the weather turned, causing the game to be cancelled at the 2:01 mark in the second quarter of the Mid-Peninsula match-up.

Up 21-0, the Emeralds headed for home only to return Saturday to finish off Gwinn 35-6.

Lightning wasn’t the only thing dancing through the air Friday night. The Emerald offense put on quite an aerial show of their own. Quarterback Tyler Kangas completed 11of 21 attempts for 243 yards, including three TD tosses, all to Max Nelson.

Taking advantage of a Modeltowner turnover, Kangas and Nelson connected for the first score of the night on a 22 yard pass play. A dominating effort by the Emerald defense created several opportunities for Kangas and his receiving core early.

Max Nelson Max Nelson Following a three-and-out by Gwinn, Kangas and Nelson went back to work, this time connecting on a 77-yard score. The kick by Kenner Broullire put Manistique up 14-0.

Just before lightning suspended the game, Kangas and Nelson struck again, this time for a 21-yard touchdown. The extra-point by Broullire gave Manistique a 21-0 advantage at the point of the delay.

Coach Todd Kangas, while disappointed in the delay, said it was nice to get their first win of the season.

“We waited until around 10 p.m. before it got called, got home around midnight and back on the bus before nine Saturday. It was a little hectic but nice to get that first win,” he said.

Kangas certainly wasn’t disappointed with his team’s performance on the field. Manistique put up 375 yards in the win, 243 in the air and 132 on the ground.

Broullire led the ground attack with 98 yards on 16 carries.

While the offense was piling up the points, the Emerald defense held Gwinn to 140 rushing yards and 18 in the air.

“Our defense has made some good advances recently,” Kangas said. “We faced two very good opponents the first two weeks that moved the ball pretty much at will. Some of that was how good they were, some of it was we were making a lot of mistakes. We were able to focus on areas where we were having problems and made far fewer mistakes tonight.”

Up early and back on the bus, the Emeralds picked up where they left off Friday night. Shaking off the effects of an early bus ride, Manistique put together a 15 play drive that was capped by a three- yard run by Broullire to give Manistique a 28-0 advantage early in the third quarter. Gwinn’s lone score also came early in the fourth quarter when Owen De- Vooght punched it in from 18-yards out.

Up 28-6 the Emeralds Tyler Floyd sealed the win when he took off on an 84-yard kick return for a score on the ensuing kick.

Pleased with his team’s effort on defense, Kangas said Gwinn’s focus on stopping Broullire opened things up for their aerial attack.

“They did a good job crowding the line of scrimmage to make sure Kenner didn’t run wild. They gave us man-to-man coverage, we were able to find the match-up we wanted and Max managed to be on the inside of a few of those throws which led to big plays tonight,” said Kangas.

In addition to Nelson, Zack Lambert hauled in two passes for 67-yards.

Friday is parent’s night at A.F. Hall Stadium. The Emeralds will look to make it two in a row when they take on the Norway Knights. The Knights 2-1 are coming off a 14-8 win over the Stephenson Eagles.

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