Big night for Broullire leads to Emerald victory
MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Emeralds improved to 2-2 with a convincing 36-13 victory over the Norway Knights Friday night at home. While the game got off to a rocky start for the green and white, the Emeralds quickly settled in and dominated the Mid-Peninsula Conference match-up on both sides of the ball.
Taking advantage of an Emerald turnover, the Knights went to the air, putting points on the board. Following a short return on the opening kick, Manistique coughed up the ball on their first play of the night, from there Isaac Bray hit Austin Grayvold for a 25-yard completion down to the Emeralds’ 11, then found Daniel Bal alone in the end zone for the game’s first score.
From then on, however, it was all Manistique.
Coming out in a three-back set and behind a strong front line, the Emeralds tied the game early in the second quarter, when Kenner Broullire scored his first of four TD’s of the night on a three-yard run. The Emerald senior’s run capped a 13-play drive that covered 94-yards.
“We could have easily been down by 14, but they dropped a couple of passes that would have kept their second possession alive,” Kangas said. “Our guys rallied the long drive we had in the second to tie the score centrally helped. A lot of that came with Kenner running and blocking up front. I felt this game was the first game where we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”
Tied at seven, the Emeralds didn’t waste any time and jumped out front when Broullire crossed the goal line for the second time from 12-yards out midway through the second quarter. Tyler Kangas scored on the conversion to give Manistique a 15-7 advantage.
Following a three and out by the Knights to start the third, Broullire pushed the Emeralds’ lead to 22-7 when he took the hand-off from Kangas, made the corner, and covered 47 yards for the score early in the third.
But the Knights weren’t done. Trailing 22-7, Norway put together an 11-play drive that covered 63 yards and was capped off by a 10-yard TD pass from Bray to Grayvold. The two point conversion failed, leaving Norway trailing 22-13 going into the final period.
Manistique put the game away early in the fourth when Broullire capped a five-play drive covering 54-yards with an 18-yard TD run. Broullire finished the game with a season high 263 yards on the ground and caught three passes for 31 yards.
Up by 19 points, David Pratt scored the game’s final points when he took off on a 37-yard run to the end zone late in the contest.
While very happy with his team’s play on the offensive side of the ball, Kangas was equally pleased with their de-fensive effort also.
“It was a solid effort,” he said. “Holding them to under 100 yards rushing was a key for us tonight and giving up just over 200 total was a pretty good defensive effort. We were physical and as the game wore on, everyone got a little more intense, that is part of it. You got to have a little emo-tion, but you need to be able to keep it under control.”
Now midway through the season, the Emeralds will look to climb above the 500-mark when they travel to Munising to take on the Mustangs. The Mustangs have lost three in a row, including a 29- 12 loss to the Newberry Indians last week. A win over Munising could play a key role in the Emeralds’ quest for a trip to the post season.
Following the trip to Munising, the Emeralds will close out the season with three of their final four games at home.