BY RON DEUTER
IRON MOUNTAIN - Fresh off a much-needed win at Westwood, Iron Mountain (3-2, 2-2) travels to Manistique (3-2, 2-2) looking to avoid any more Mid-Peninsula missteps.
While Iron Mountain hasn't lost to the Emeralds since 1998, Mountaineers coach Robin Marttila knows nothing can be taken for granted, saying, "We're 3-2. Manistique is 3-2. We both lost to Ishpeming and Negaunee. We're in similar situations with our seasons where both of us want to win our fourth game Friday night.
"Hopefully we can get off the bus and play well."
Despite falling behind early last week, Iron Mountain - boosted by the return of Paul Brooks - rallied for a 28-6 win.
"I'm happy the way we battled back," Marttila said. "We were making mistakes and they had the momentum. We battled back and got a crucial score before the half and we were able to run the ball effectively.
"I guess I was happy with that, but I wasn't happy with us blowing some assignments defensively and making some mistakes."
Brooks, who left at halftime of the Negaunee game with an ankle injury two weeks ago, rushed for 138 yards against the Patriots.
"He was a big question mark going into last week," said Marttila, who was surprised by the load Brooks took on in the win with more than 30 carries.
Marttila says Manistique has some playmakers.
"It all starts with No. 15 Kenner Broullire," he said. "He looks good on film."
Broullire is the league's leading rusher with 661 yards and 12 touchdowns, scoring four times at Norway a couple of weeks ago.
Brooks ranks third with 513 yards and eight scores.
"We're going to have our hands full," Marttila said. "It's as simple as that. We have to play well to win, and try to limit mistakes."