2013-09-19 / Sports

Mid-Pen conference battle costly for the Emeralds


Above, the Emeralds’ Austin Miller finds some open ground in action against the Gwinn Modeltowners last Friday night. Called to action due to an injury suffered by Tony Floyd, Miller finished the night with 65 yards in the Emeralds loss to Gwinn. Below, Cole Potvin hauls in a short run, picks up a block from Mike Brock and Zack Schnurer. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Above, the Emeralds’ Austin Miller finds some open ground in action against the Gwinn Modeltowners last Friday night. Called to action due to an injury suffered by Tony Floyd, Miller finished the night with 65 yards in the Emeralds loss to Gwinn. Below, Cole Potvin hauls in a short run, picks up a block from Mike Brock and Zack Schnurer. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – They had chances, but with two starting captains sidelined due to injuries, the Manistique Emeralds dropped a conference contest to the visiting Modeltowners last Friday night.

Following a scoreless first half, Gwinn jumped out front in the third and rolled on to a 24-13 victory.

“(It was) a little disappointing,” coach Todd Kangas said of the loss. “We had opportunities to get control of the game, but dropped a touchdown pass in the first quarter. We finished the first half down on their goal line and came up short, then had a golden opportunity in the third quarter to take the lead, but couldn’t.”

Kangas said even after the team got down, they fought back, but just never made a play they needed to make.

“I got to give the guys credit, we lost a couple of key players for the majority of the game, the injuries shook us a little,” Kangas said. “We absorbed them and had opportunities after that. I can’t put the blame on the injuries, we came out and did some good things, but, again, like many times this year, we just can’t get over the hump, we just have not been able to get there yet.”

The Emeralds lost Tony Floyd for the remainder of the season. Floyd suffered a broken leg on the first play of the game, Floyd was a twoway starter; Clarence Brock also left the game early with an ankle injury.

Kangas praised the play of their replacements.


Mike Brock takes a handoff from Tyler Kangas and picks up a few tough yards. Brock rushed for two TD’s in the second half. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Mike Brock takes a handoff from Tyler Kangas and picks up a few tough yards. Brock rushed for two TD’s in the second half. Joe LeBlanc photo “Austin (Miller) came in and ran hard in place of Tony,” he said. “Once we found things we were confident he could do, he played well.”

Kangas was equally impressed with the play of Kaden Pelliter, who filled in for Brock on offense and Coby Ryan, who took over for Brock on defense.

“Both guys played a solid game in substitution,” Kangas said.

Scoreless at the break, Gwinn jumped out front 8-6 in the third. Mike Brock scored on a short run for the Emeralds and the conversion failed leaving the Emeralds trailing by two.

Gwinn added two more scores early in the fourth. Brock crossed the goal line again for the Emeralds late in the period. Cameron Page scored on the conversion as time ran out on the Emeralds.

The Emeralds put up 206 yards in the loss.


With plenty of time, Tyler Kangas drops back in the pocket, looking for an open Emerald receiver. The Emerald quarterback finished the night 5-of-17 for 63 yards against Gwinn. 
Joe LeBlanc photo With plenty of time, Tyler Kangas drops back in the pocket, looking for an open Emerald receiver. The Emerald quarterback finished the night 5-of-17 for 63 yards against Gwinn. Joe LeBlanc photo Miller led the Emeralds in rushing with 65 yards on 16 attempts.

Travis Bolm added 40 yards, Brock 28 and Tyler Kangas five yards.

Kangas went 5-of-17 for 63 yards in the air, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Cole Potvin pulled in two passes for 41 yards.

Kangas led the Emeralds in tackles with eight, Brock five, Parry Tatrow and Potvin four tackles each.

The Emeralds D gave up 321 offensive yards to Gwinn.

Owen DeVooght rushed for 180 yards and two TDs. With the win, Gwinn improves to 2-1, the Emeralds fall to 0-3.

Manistique hits the road traveling to Norway to take on the Knights Friday. After starting 0-2 the Knights improved to 1-2 with a 20-18 win over Stephenson. Manistique beat Norway 36-13 last season.

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