2013-10-10 / Sports

Mountaineers prove too much for Emeralds


Ryan Ramey attempts to stay one step ahead of the defense during Friday night’s game. Ramey finished the night with 35 yards. 
Jeff Bolm photo Ryan Ramey attempts to stay one step ahead of the defense during Friday night’s game. Ramey finished the night with 35 yards. Jeff Bolm photo IRON MOUNTAIN – A 454- yard offensive put out by the Mountaineers proved to be more than the Emeralds could match last Friday in Iron Mountain.

Looking to reach the 500-mark on the season, the Mountaineers took advantage of their home turf to jump out early, and then finished strong to down the Emeralds 41-12.

It was all Iron Mountain in the early stages of the Mid-Peninsula Conference match-up. A five yard TD run in the first quarter, followed by a four-yard run by James Christiansen in the second led to a 14-0 advantage for Iron Mountain with just over six minutes left in the half.

Christiansen went on to finish the night with a 159 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

Down by two scores, the Emeralds cracked the score board when Tyler Kangas connected with Coby Ryan for a 27-yard TD, the two point conversion failed, cutting Iron Mountain’s advantage to 14-6 at the half.

Iron Mountain pushed their lead to 20-6 on their opening possession of the third quarter, when Christiansen crossed the goal line for the third time. A 36-yard pass play from Craig Qualley to Christiansen set up the scoring opportunity.

Manistique responded when Ryan Ramey scored on a 10-yard run, but that would prove to be it for the Emerald offense that racked-up 277 yards with the ball in the loss.

Christiansen capped off the night with two more TDs in the second quarter, including a catch and run of 56 yards in the third quarter.

With the win Iron Mountain improves to 3-3, Emeralds fall to 0-6.

Led by Austin Miller, the Emeralds rushed for 135 yards in the loss. Miller accounted for 75 yards on 19 carries. He also had a punt return of 49 yards.

Ramey added 35 yards, Kangas 23.

Kangas finished the night 12-of- 24 for 142 yards and a TD.

Cole Potvin caught five passes for 56 yards, Ryan three for 42, including a TD.

Travis Bolm had two catches for 19 and Logan Hayward one for 23.

In a senior night contest, Manistique will host the Newberry Indians for the final home game of the 2013 football season Friday.

Newberry 2-4 recorded wins over Bark River and Rudyard so far this year. Manistique enjoys a 12-9 record over the Indians in the last 21 years. The two have been battling it out on the grid iron, including a 28-0 victory last season.

The Emeralds will wrap up the year against Westwood (1-5) and Harbor Springs (2-4) on the road.

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