Mountaineers prove too much for Emeralds
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.