Emeralds continue post season quest
NEWBERRY – The Manistique Emeralds took one step closer to post season play with a shut-out win over the Newberry Indians Friday night. The 28-0 victory over Newberry keeps the Emeralds’ post season hopes alive, and sets up a grid iron drama that will play out on a stage called A.F. Hall Stadium.
With a key six wins, coach Todd Kangas could not ask for a better situation; home field advantage for their last two games.
Friday, behind a balanced offensive attack, the Emeralds jumped out early and held a 6-0 advantage when Tyler Kangas connected with Zack Lindemuth on a 10- yard TD. The pass play capped a 77-yard drive early in the opening quarter.
An interception by Lindemuth set up the Emeralds’ second score of the night. The Emerald senior picked-off a Newberry pass at their 40-yard line; the turnover led to a four yard TD run by Kenner Broullire.
Kangas then found Lindemuth open in the end zone for the two-point conversion, which put Manistique up 14-0 at the 11:46 mark in the second quarter. Lindemuth finished the night with three receptions for 60 yards.
The Indians were picked-off five times during the night, twice by Lindemuth and Jared Edwards and once by Zack Lambert. The interception by Edwards led to another Emerald score. Edwards came up with the ball at the Indians’ 49-yard line, and one play later Lambert hauled in a pass from Kangas, finding the end zone from 51 yards out.
Lambert finished the game with three receptions for 97 yards. Getting it done on both sides of the ball, Lambert came up with a pick on the ensuing possession; again the Emeralds scored, this time on a four yard run by Broullire to close out the half.
“It was important to get on the board first,” Kangas said. “We had a couple of big pass plays that really helped, and came back with three scores in the second quarter.”
While pleased with the win, Kangas said turnovers by the Emeralds were a concern.
“There were turnovers on both sides; we had three – two fumbles and an interception – which was not good. They ended up with five,” he explained. “In the second half, we moved the ball well, got deep into their territory, but turned it over on a fumble. I thought we played the run against them well, but there are always areas we can improve on, statistically we ended up OK.”
Broullire finished the night with another solid effort, rushing for 136 yards on 27 carries. Broullire, the Emeralds’ work horse, has rushed for 865 yards and 14 TD’s this season and currently leads the Mid-Peninsula Conference in that category.
In addition to the ground attack, the Emeralds put up 165 yards in the wind and rain in Newberry. Kangas, who also leads the conference in passing yards, completed 7-of-12 for a 165, two TD’s and an interception.
The Emeralds look to cap off a homecoming week celebration with a victory against Westwood Friday.
“They are going to be a good team coming in,” Kangas said. “They have played teams similar to the way we have. We definitely need to have a good week of practice and preparation to get ready for them and hopefully it all comes down to the last week.”
Westwood (1-3 MPC’s, 4-4 overall) is coming off a 21-16 win over Norway.