2013-09-26 / Sports

Emeralds drop match to Knights on the road


The Manistique Emerald football team dropped a heartbreaker on the road in Norway Friday. Trailing throughout, the Emeralds jumped out front late in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, but could not hold on for the win. Above, Nick Knudson and Tyler Baker smother the Knights’ Jordan Neumann. The Manistique Emerald football team dropped a heartbreaker on the road in Norway Friday. Trailing throughout, the Emeralds jumped out front late in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, but could not hold on for the win. Above, Nick Knudson and Tyler Baker smother the Knights’ Jordan Neumann. NORWAY – A 34-point effort on the road wasn’t enough to help lift the Manistique Emeralds to their first win of the season.

Trailing and with time running out, Tyler Kangas tried to connect with Cole Potvin in the end zone for the game winning score, but the pass just missed the mark, allowing the Norway Knights to defend Ronberg Field with a 36-34 victory.

Behind by two with the ball on their own 20- yard line, Manistique moved well on their final possession, driving down to the Knights’ 34. Just when it looked like the drive would stall, Norway was flagged with a pass interference call, giving Manistique one more shot.


Coby Ryan (24) came up with an interception to stop a Norway drive. 
Jeff Bolm photo Coby Ryan (24) came up with an interception to stop a Norway drive. Jeff Bolm photo Looking to connect one more time, Kangas got the pass off, but Potvin couldn’t haul it in. Kangas and Potvin combined for two TDs in the second quarter of the Mid-Peninsula Conference outing.

The Knights sparked the home crowd early in the battle when they recovered an Emeralds’ fumble and went 60 yards for the game’s first score. Taylor Bonetti connected with Garrett Bonetti from 26 yards out to put Norway up front.

Down 8-0, the Emeralds got on the board early in the second quarter, when Kangas and Potvin connected for a score. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Emeralds down 8-6.

Ten plays and 77 yards later, the Knights pushed their lead 16-6, when Bonetti found an open receiver in the end zone, then found former Emerald Zavier Gonzales open for the conversion.

Manistique pulled to within two points when Kangas and Potvin connected for the second time in the second period. Mike Brock punched it in for the conversion to leave Manistique trailing 16-14 at the half.

Taking advantage of an Emeralds miscue, the Knights struck early in the third when Jordan Neuman took it in from five yards out on their first possession of the half. A 40-yard run by Gonzalez set up the score.

After holding the Emeralds to a four and out, the Knights advanced again, pushing their lead to 30-14 on a 16-yard TD from Bonetti to Austin Grayvold late in the period.

Scores by Brock and Kangas got the Emeralds within reach and after battling to stay in the game, the Emeralds caught a huge break when Tyler Baker recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put Manistique on top 34-30 with 4:20 to play.

The lead didn’t last long, however, and the Knights struck again when Bonetti capped a five play drive that covered 48 yards. The team scored on a one-yard run on their ensuing possession to seal the win.

With the win the Knights improve to 2-2, the Emeralds fall to 0-4.

Despite the loss, it was a solid effort by the Emeralds, who put up 335 yards on the offensive side of the ball.

Tyler Kangas led the Emeralds in rushing, finishing with 53 yards on 12 carries. Ryan Ramey added 47, Brock 37 and Austin Miller 27.

Kangas went 17 off 26 for 167 yards in the air with two TDs.

Potvin caught 8 passes for 101 yards and two TDs. Travis Balm caught three for 36, Coby Ryan 3-19 and Miller 3-11.

Ryan also had an interception.

Norway finished the night with 338 yards, 231 on the ground; 107 in the air.

The Emeralds will cap off a week of homecoming festivities by hosting the Munising Mustangs Friday. After a 0-3 start to the season, the Mustangs beat Newberry 28-27 to improve to 1-3. Dan Neuman took it in from five yards out on their first possession of the half. A 40-yard run by Gonzalez set up the score.

After holding the Emeralds to a four and out, the Knights advanced again pushing their lead to 30-14 on a 16-yard TD from Bonetti to Austin Grayvold late in the period.

Scores by Brock and Kangas got the Emeralds within reach and after battling to stay in the game, the Emeralds caught a huge break when Tyler Baker recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put Manistique on top 34-30 with 4:20 to play.

The lead didn’t last long, the Knights struck again when Bonetti capped a five play drive that covered 48 yards scoring on a one-yard run on their ensuing possession to seal the win.

With the win the Knights improve to 2-2, the Emeralds fall to 0-4.

Despite the loss it was a solid effort by the Emeralds who put up 335-yards on the offensive side of the ball.

Tyler Kangas led the Emeralds in rushing finishing with 53 yards on 12 carries. Ryan Ramey added 47, Brock 37 and Austin Miller 27.

Kangas went 17 off 26 for 167 yards in the air with two TD’s.

Potvin caught 8 passes for 101 yards and two TD’s. Travis Balm caught three for 36, Coby Ryan 3-19 and Miller 3-11.

Ryan also had an interception.

Norway finished the night with 338 yards, 231 on the ground; 107 in the air.

The Emeralds will cap off a week of homecoming festivities by hosting the Munising Mustangs Friday. After a 0-3 start to the season, the Mustangs beat Newberry 28-27 to improve to 1-3.

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