Football: Ishpeming knocks Knights
ISHPEMING — Jeff Olson credited his Ishpeming offensive and defensive lines in a 46-19 win over Norway on Friday.
Olson led a number of smaller Ishpeming teams to the state finals earlier this decade, much because of quality line play.
“I thought we played well in all phases of the game,” the veteran Hematites’ coach said about Friday’s game. “Both of our lines controlled the line of scrimmage.
“Offensively, we were able to get some of our speed guys out in the open. And on defense, we were able to take away their run game and forced them to throw.”
While Knights’ quarterback Trey Doda threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mitchell LeGrave of 15 and 46 yards, their team was playing catch-up all night after Ishpeming put 40 first-half points on the scoreboard.
“I think we scored the first five times we had the ball,” Olson said. “They came back twice to score on us, but you get in more of a comfort zone when you’re able to establish a good lead.”
Ishpeming quarterback Gavin Sundberg led all rushers with 201 yards in 15 attempts, while teammate Hunter Smith added 87 yards in seven carries.
Sundberg was only called on to throw three passes, but he completed two of them for 66 yards. One was a 49-yard scoring strike to Smith early in the second quarter.
That score came with 9:53 left in the frame and was the third TD in less than a minute and a half between the two teams, making it 32-13 at the time.
Gavin Sundberg ran in three TDs in addition to his one passing, while Drake Sundberg had Ishpeming’s first two TDs in the first eight minutes of the game on a pair of 1-yard runs.
Norway scored the only points of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Austin Janssen, who led Knights’ rushers with 56 yards in 14 carries. Doda completed 11 of 21 passes for 163 yards.
“We couldn’t really handle their offensive line,” said Norway head coach Bob Madigan. “Ishpeming is a well-coached team, very physical.”
The Knights face Iron Mountain on Friday at Ronberg Field.
“Our kids played hard,” Madigan said. “We hung in there … played some inspired football in the second half. Our coaches are really proud of them. We have to go to work and get ready for Iron Mountain.”
There were no turnovers by either side.
Norway 6 7 0 6 — 19
Ishpeming 16 24 6 0 — 46
I — Sundberg 1 run (S 2-pt conversion) 9:43
I — D. Sundberg 1 run (2-pt conversion) 4:41
N — Mitchell LeGrave 15 pass from Trey Doda (2-pt failed) 1:11
I — G. Sundberg 34 run (2-pt conversion) 11:22
N — LeGrave 46 pass from Doda (Doda kick) 10:34
I — Smith 49 pass from G. Sundberg (2-pt conversion) 9:53
I — G. Sundberg 49 pass from G. Sundberg (2-pt conversion) 4:01
I — G. Sundberg 78 run (2-pt failed) 6:37
N — Janssen 1 run (2-pt failed) 1:09
RUSHING — Norway 35-142 (Janssen 14-56), Ishpeming 38-350 (G. Sundberg 15-201)
PASSING — Norway, Doda 11-21-0-163; Ishpeming, G. Sundberg 2-3-0-66