Wilson splits uprights to seal Indian win
Interceptions to stop drives, and fumble recoveries to keep others alive made for an exciting non-conference battle last Friday night. In the end, a failed twopoint conversion cost the Emeralds a chance to shine against the visiting Newberry Indians.
Following a scoreless first half, the Emeralds came off the break and put six on the board late in the third when Austin Miller crossed the goal line from three yards out with 3:09 left in the quarter.
Looking to extend their lead to eight, the Emeralds went for two, but the conversion failed.
Miller recovered a fumble to keep the scoring drive alive deep in Indian territory. With six on the board at the end of the third, it was the Emerald defense that shined, holding Newberry to just seven yards in the period.
Moving the ball when it counts, the Indians put together an eightplay drive that covered 77 yards in the final minutes, tying the game at six off a 21- yard pass completion from John Paramski to Darik Marsh with just 1:27 left in the game.
With the TD in the books, Mitchell Wilson split the up-rights to give Newberry a 7-6 advantage.
Trailing and with no timeouts, the Emeralds turned the ball over on the ensuing possession; from there Newberry ran out the clock, sealing the win.
The Emeralds were held to just 142 yards in the loss, 32 rushing – 110 in the air.
Tyler Kangas went 13-of-23 for 110 yards in the air, 14 on the ground.
Cole Potvin caught four passes for 48 yards and also had an interception to end a drive by the Indians deep in Emerald territory. Miller caught three passes for 33 yards and along with the fumble recovery, he also had an interception he took back 36 yards.
With the loss, the Emeralds fall to 0-7, the Indians improve to 3-4.
Manistique travels to Westwood Friday.
After starting the season out 0-5, the Patriots improved to 2-5 off a 32-6 win over Gwinn and a 14-12 victory over Norway.