2017-10-12 / Sports

Big plays keep Miners in the playoff hunt


Liam McKeage attempts to open some ground space for Schyler Andersen Friday in Negaunee. The Emeralds lost the road trip 42-8. 
Courtesy photo Liam McKeage attempts to open some ground space for Schyler Andersen Friday in Negaunee. The Emeralds lost the road trip 42-8. Courtesy photo NEGAUNEE – As luck would have it, the Manistique Emeralds’ varsity football team caught the Negaunee Miners in the middle of a playoff hunt. After starting the regular season with a 0-3 record, the Miners made it 4-0, keeping their playoff hopes alive with a 42-8 win over Manistique last Friday night.

Up by six points on a short touchdown run by Jake Hill, Negaunee’s Jason Waterman went to the air, connecting with Drew DuShane for a 70-yard score. After missing on their first extra point attempt, Erik Salminen split the uprights to put the Miners up 13-0 early in the contest.

Taking advantage of an Emerald turnover, Negaunee went up 20-0 off a touchdown run by Robbie Williams to end the opening quarter of the Mid- Peninsula Conference match-up.


From left to right: Christian Aldrich, Schyler Andersen, Matt Wood, and Logan Savage on the tackle. 
Courtesy photo From left to right: Christian Aldrich, Schyler Andersen, Matt Wood, and Logan Savage on the tackle. Courtesy photo The Miners added two more scores in the second period including a 70-yard punt return by DuShane to push their advantage to 34-0 at the half. With two scores of 70 yards each, DuShane took the opening kick of the second half back 80 yards.

Trailing 42-0, Manistique scored on a short run by DJ Bowers in the fourth. Christian Aldrich added two when he crossed the goal line on the conversion.

Things won’t get any easier for the green and white. Manistique will continue their trip around the U.P. with a stop this Friday in Westwood to take on the 6-1 Patriots whose lone loss came at the hands of the 6-1 Gladstone Braves.

They will wrap up their trip with a color tour of the Keweenaw Peninsula to take on Lake Linden-Hubble (3-3) Oct. 20 in their final game of the season.

Manistique rushed for 81 yards and added 40 in the air. Schyler Anderson got the majority of the work, rushing for 43 yards on 25 attempts.

Quarterback Alex Oas went two for two for 40 yards, both to Logan Savage.

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