2013-09-12 / Sports

2012 state champs too much for Emeralds

Back-to-back shutouts kick off Ishpeming Hematites’ season


The Manistique Emeralds dropped a 38-0 Mid- Peninsula Conference decision to the defending state champions the Ishpeming Hematites at home Friday night. For the Emeralds, it was a battle from the start. Above: not an easy task, the Emeralds’ Cameron Page works to bring down Ishpeming’s Alex Briones. Right: nowhere to run, Emerald senior Travis Bolm is sandwiched trying to pick up a few tough yards in the loss. 
Joe LeBlanc photo The Manistique Emeralds dropped a 38-0 Mid- Peninsula Conference decision to the defending state champions the Ishpeming Hematites at home Friday night. For the Emeralds, it was a battle from the start. Above: not an easy task, the Emeralds’ Cameron Page works to bring down Ishpeming’s Alex Briones. Right: nowhere to run, Emerald senior Travis Bolm is sandwiched trying to pick up a few tough yards in the loss. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – The Ishpeming Hematites improved to 2-0 with a convincing win over the Manistique Emeralds in the Emeralds’ home debut last Friday night.

Behind another solid effort on defense, the Hematites recorded their second straight shutout of the 2013 campaign, beating Manistique 38-0. The Mid-Peninsula Conference match-up was dominated from the start by Ishpeming, who jumped out to a 16-0 lead when the first quarter came to an end at A.F. Hall Stadium.

With TDs on the ground and in the air, Ishpeming pushed their lead to 22-0 in the second quarter when Tyrus Millimaki connected with Alex Briones on a 46- yard TD toss with 2:10 left on the clock in the half. Briones crossed the line on the conversion to give his team a 24-0 advantage at the break.

Picking off where they left, Ishpeming pushed their lead to 38-0 in the third, thanks to short runs by Dominic Suardini and Noah Olgren. The score by Olgren put a running clock in motion with 2:26 left on the clock in the third.

While the defense shined, the offense put up 402 yards (275 on the ground, 127 in the air) on the night. Briones went 5-of-10 for 127 and two TDs, both to Millimaki, who caught three passes for 96 yards.

The Emeralds were held to 108 yards (73 rushing and 35 passing).

Tyler Kangas went 3-of-10 for 35 yards.

Tony Floyd accounted for the majority of the Emeralds’ rushing yards, finishing with 60 yards on 14 carries.

Cole Potvin, Mike Brock and Coby Ryan each caught one pass from Kangas in the contest.

Manistique will host Gwinn Friday. Gwinn beat the Gladstone Braves 18-6 in their season opener and suffered a 27-8 loss to Iron Mountain last week.

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