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Wykons rush to 3-0

IRON RIVER — Gage Larson rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown as West Iron improved to 3-0 with a 22-7 win over Manistique on Friday.

“They were tough,” said Wykons coach Mike Berutti, giving special credit to Emeralds running back Schyler Anderson’s 100-yard rushing performance. A week ago, Manistique got its first win since 2016, beating Gwinn 28-8.

West Iron struck first in the West Pac Iron Division game, scoring on a 34-yard pass from Trey Bociek to Noah Thomson. It was 14-7 at halftime as Andersen scored on a short plunge for Manistique and Noah Lewis ran to paydirt for the Wykons.

Larson added a 2-yard Wykons score in the third quarter. Along with a safety on a errant punt snap, it gave the Wykons a two-score cushion until the final gun.

“We were flat coming out,” said Berutti, noting his team held just a 16-12 advantage over the Emeralds in first downs. Bociek completed 2 of 5 passes for 31 yards with one interception.

The Emeralds were only 1 of 5 passing for 4 yards, but had 202 yards rushing. Andersen’s total came on 22 attempts.

West Iron had 245 yards rushing, with Larson having 25 of the team’s 47 carries.

Noah Lewis, with nine tackles, and Brayden Nelson, eight tackles and a sack, led the West Iron defense. Nathan Thomson had an interception.

West Iron travels to Calumet on Friday, facing a team that Berutti regards as among the best in the U.P.

“Definitely going to be a good one,” he said.

West Iron 6 8 8 0 — 22

Manistique 0 7 0 0 — 7

1st quarter

WI — Noah Thomson, 34-yd. pass from Trey Bociek (kick failed)

2nd quarter

M — Schyler Anderson, 2-yd. run (kick good)

WI — Noah Lewis run (Noah Thomson run)

3rd quarter

WI — safety

WI — Gage Larson, 2-yd. run (conversion failed)

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