In what turned out to be a true tail of halves, the Emeralds dominated the contest taking a commanding
28-7 lead into the break, only to see the lead diminish in the third quarter. With 21 unanswered points, Westwood tied the game at 28 and forced the Mid-Peninsula Conference contest into overtime.
With TDs by both, a blocked extra point attempt by the Emerald’s Mike Brock gave the Emeralds their first ‘W’ of the season. Ryan Ramey scored on a three yard run in overtime.
“Nothing is ever easy,” said Coach Todd Kangas. “This was one of the few games where we got out front and were able to play with a lead. We played pretty well, but made some mistakes in the third quarter that led to scores by them.
The Emeralds’ defense put the first points on the board in the first quarter when Cole Potvin intercepted a Trevor Burke pass and returned it 70 yards for a score. Cameron Page kicked the extra point to put Manistique up 7-0.
Westwood responded on the ensuing possession, tying the game off a one-yard run by Tyler Harvala. Their extra point was also good.
Faced with third down and long, Burke connected with Luke Duquette on a 14-yard completion to give Westwood a fresh set of downs on the scoring drive.
Following a 17-yard kick return by Austin Miller, the Emeralds marched 60 yards and regained the lead when Tyler Kangas connected with Potvin from 13 yards out. Again Page split the uprights to put Manistique out front 14-7.
Up by one score, the Emeralds mounted a drive deep into Westwood’s territory, but a pass to Potvin was picked off by Mitchell Messing at their own 20-yard line.
The Emeralds caught a huge break when Page recovered a fumble two plays later. From there, Ryan Ramey took it in from 14 yards out for the score.
Up 21-7, the Emeralds’ defense forced a three-and-out. Taking advantage of good field position, Kangas hit Potvin on a 14-yard TD toss. With a 70-yard interception return in the books, Potvin returned Westwood’s punt 56 yards to set up the score.
Things went south quickly for the Emeralds coming off the break. Staring at third and 20 on their first possession of the quarter, Kangas attempted a punt that was blocked by Brandon Benda.
Three plays later, Derek Wing scored from three yards out to cut the Emeralds lead to 28-14.
A fumble recovery by Benda on the ensuing Emerald possession and nine-yard run by the Patriots’ back made it a one score game midway through the third quarter.
Trailing 28-21, a 76-yard pass completion from Burke to Duquette gave Westwood a fresh set of downs on the Emeralds three yard line. Two plays later, the game was tied at 28 off a one yard run by Benda.
Potvin finished the night with four touchdowns for the Emeralds who racked up 250 yards of offense in the win.
Page connected on all five extrapoint attempts.
Manistique will wrap up the season with a trip to Harbor Springs to take on the Rams.
This will be the last contest between the two schools whose two year contract to play expires Friday. Manistique beat Harbor Springs (3- 5) 12-6 last season.