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Mountaineers look for first grid victory

Thursday night games on tap this week

August 29, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain enters Week 2 of the prep football season in search of win No. 1.

They'll host Gwinn, a team they have not lost to since 1998 and have shut out six times in 12 previous meetings this decade.

"I know Gwinn is bringing down a football team with some pretty good athletes," Mountaineer head coach Robin Marttila said. "They've got some talented kids coming off the jayvees that we have our eyes on."

Gwinn started the season 0-5 last year, including a 48-0 Week 2 loss to Iron Mountain before shutting down the program for the remainder of the season due to lack of available players.

"Gwinn, right now, is going in the right direction," Marttila said. "They've got some good numbers and should have 20-25 kids suited up."

The Modeltowners opened the season with a 49-12 setback at Gladstone last week, but Marttila cautioned that the game was closer than the score.

"They battled Gladstone last week," he said, noting a couple of the Gladstone scores were kickoff returns. " We're expecting some punch out of Gwinn."

Iron Mountain, meanwhile, is looking to recover from its first regular-season shutout loss at

Mountaineer Stadium since 1998.

"We have to improve in all areas," Marttila said. "Blocking, tackling, coaching, special teams. That's one of my messages this week is to improve in all areas, because we can and I think we need to in order to get better."

Kickoff is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Other Thursday action follows:

Forest Park (1-0) at Norway (1-0), non-conference, 6:30 p.m. - Coach Bill Santilli's Trojans and Coach Bob Madigan's Knights opened their seasons with victories.

Forest Park, with Austin Snell rushing for 141 yards and four touchdowns, spanked Bark River-Harris 46-6. A late fourth quarter blocked punt and Isaac Bray's scoring pass to Austin Grayvold sent Norway past Northern Elite 12-9.

West Iron County (1-0, 0-0) at L'Anse (1-0, 1-0), West PAC, 6 p.m. - Coach Mike Berutti's Wykons will face a potent one-two rushing punch in Jim Veker and Cody Goldsworthy. Veker scored three touchdowns and the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Goldsworthy rushed for 144 yards and two scores in a 34-0 rout of Houghton.

Munising (1-0, 0-0) at North Central (1-0, 0-0), Mid-Eastern, 6 p.m. - Coach Kevin Bellefeuil's Jets will be out to slow down Munising, which walloped Traverse City Christian 62-0 in the opener.

Northern Elite (0-1, 0-0) at Crandon (1-0, 0-0), Northern Lakes, 7 p.m. - Coach Ben Laarman's Predators suffered a 12-9 loss to Norway in the season opener.

"I was really proud of the way we competed against a big, physical Norway team," Laarman said. "You have to hand it Norway. They made the big plays in the last two minutes to win it."

Predators quarterback Joey Swanson completed 7 of 16 passes for 67 yards and rushed 26 times for 64 yards and a score. TJ Liebergen added 45 yards on the ground.

"We made tremendous progress between last week's scrimmage and the game," Laarman said. "We still have much to work on, particularly in the area of offensive execution, and we will continue to work to get better every week."

Wausaukee (0-1, 0-0) at Florence (0-1, 0-0), Northern Lakes-M&O cross-over, 7 p.m. - The Bobcats of Coach Dan Robinson and the visiting Rangers will need to shore up their defenses from last week.

North Dickinson rolled past Florence 41-6 and Hayden Krueger's 271 yards rushing and three scores powered Crandon over Wausaukee 46-12. Quarterback Kory Kincaid tacked on three touchdowns, with two rushing.

Wausaukee quarterback Beau DeLaet threw two touchdown passes.



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