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Flivver jayvees go 8-0

October 23, 2012
The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Coach Mark Novara's Kingsford Flivver junior varsity wrapped up an undefeated season and a Great Northern Conference football championship with a 32-6 victory over Escanaba.

The young Flivvs (8-0 overall, 4-0 GNC), leading 7-0 at halftime, scored four touchdowns in the final two periods to break the contest wide open.

Tyler Roberts, Brody Sundquist and Joe Hofer paved the way offensively for Kingsford.

Roberts scored twice from three and 61 yards out and picked up 121 yards in 16 carries. Roberts completed the eight-game schedule with 1,052 yards, becoming the third straight sophomore to break the thousand yard mark following Alex Patterson last season and Reed Larson the year before. Roberts ended the year with 1,145 yards total.

Sundquist followed with 69 yards in eight attempts and finished the season with 729 rushing. Tacking on receiving and return yardage, Sundquist wound up with 1,167 for the year.

Hofer ran for a three-yard score and passed 38 yards to Dan Fleming for another TD. Hofer threw for 752 yards and 10 touchdowns on 27 of 61 attempts this season.

Quintin Pratt capped the Flivver scoring with a 10-yard scamper. Pratt also returned a kick-off 48 yards, boosting his season total to 142 on six returns.

Paving the way throughout the season were tight ends Ethan Metras and Austin Stanchina, tackles Reid Berndt and Alex Lorenzoni, guards Drake Griggs and Donnie Lee, center Gabe Rowell, wingback Trever Schaut and split end Fleming.

On defense, Marcus Andrews, Griggs, Roberts, Metras, Hugh Harris and Stanchina topped the tackling chart. Sundquist, Jaxson Ferree, Fleming and Noah Voss intercepted passes and Roberts recovered a fumble.

For the season, Andrews led the squad in tackles; Ferree snagged three interceptions, and Roberts and Metras had two fumble recoveries each.

Iron Mountain freshmen 41, Gladstone 8 - Tanner Huotari threw five touchdown passes including four to Ryan Michaud.

Huotari connected on 11 of 15 passes for 180 yards, with Michaud snagging seven for 116. Brady Erickson grabbed two passes for 44 yards and one score.

Huotari also rushed six times for 86 yards and Devin Farragh raced 56 and 26 yards for scores.

Michaud and Luke Truscott caught conversion passes from Huotari.

"Great team effort on defense," Coach Donny Bianco said. "The boys did a great job stopping Gladstone's spread offense."

Jacob Stoner, Brady Erickson and Kyle Johnson intercepted passes. Huotari, Jake Lefebvre, Jacob Stoner and Michaud led the Mountaineers in tackles.

Kingsford freshmen 35, Escanaba 16 - Kingsford, behind Alex Blaskowski's 119 yards rushing and two touchdowns, downed Escanaba 35-16 to close out an undefeated freshmen football season.

Coach Kevin Murdock's Flivvers (8-0) built a 27-0 halftime lead.

Blaskowski, who carried 14 times, ran four and five yards for scores. Sam Santi added touchdown runs of 32 and 38 yards, and Ben Morea had another from 22 yards out.

Chris Roell kicked an extra-point while Holden Visintainer and Santi, on a pass from Brandon Kowalkowski, tallied two-point conversions.

The Flivvers rushed for 326 yards and passed for 54.



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