Iron Mountain dominates in opener
By MATT “SWEETS” McCARTHY
IRON MOUNTAIN — Running back Caleb Evosevich-Hynes scored four touchdowns and rushed for 174 yards, as Iron Mountain cruised past Bark River-Harris Friday night 42-6 in a West PAC Conference crossover game at Mountaineer Stadium.
Evosevich-Hynes also had 52 receiving yards and kicked six extra-points.
“Evosevich-Hynes, he’s so shifty and explosive at the same time, we want to get the ball in his hands for his play-making ability,” said Mountaineers head coach Robin Marttila. “Caleb is an excellent football player.”
Iron Mountain (1-0) amassed 405 total yards, with 194 being through the air. Senior quarterback Eli Lofholm played with poise and confidence, as the Mountaineers offensive line gave him plenty of time to survey the field.
Lofholm was 8-15, with two TD passes — one to Bryce Pietrantonio and the other to Joey Dumais. “Eli made great decisions tonight, he was making the right reads. He put in a lot of time in the offseason, and it showed,” Marttila said.
Marttila also praised Pietrantonio in the passing game, being hard to take down in open space. “We were balanced on offense tonight, and up front, our line did a great job,” said Marttila.
Bark River, who falls to (0-2) on the season, totaled 149 combined yards in the game, with 93 rushing and 56 passing.
“Our kids are smart and play well as a team, but Iron Mountain is a great team and they’re in a class by themselves right now in our conference,” said Broncos head coach Al Stenberg. “We started off OK, and forced them to punt on their first series, but then we fell apart.”
“No. 34 (Evosevich-Hynes) and No. 25 (Pietrantonio) for Iron Mountain, guys like that are hard to handle. Thirty-four gets to the edge, he’s hard to catch up to and bring down,” Stenberg added.”
Defensively, Iron Mountain was led by Evosevich-Hynes with six tackles, Pietrantonio with five tackles and an interception. Dominic Schinderle also had an Interception for IM.
Iron Mountain (1-0) may not have an opponent the next two weeks, as their next two games are against teams from Houghton County, Calumet and at Hancock. On Thursday, the Western U.P. shut down all Houghton County schools for two weeks due to COVID-19 positive cases.
Bark River has its home opener scheduled for Friday night versus Norway.
BR-H: 0 0 0 6 — 6
IMTN: 14 14 14 0 — 42
IM–Bryce Pietrantonio 63 yard pass reception from Eli Lofholm (Evosevich-Hynes kick) 7-0 (5:39
IM– Caleb Evosevich-Hynes 50 yard pass reception from Lofholm (Evosevich-Hynes kick) 14-0 (2:06)
IM– Evosevich-Hynes 37 yard run (Evosevich-Hynes kick) 21-0 (10:03)
IM– Evosevich-Hynes 65 yard run (Evosevich-Hynes kick) 28-0 (4:18)
IM– Evosevich-Hynes 25 yard run (Evosevich-Hynes kick) 35-0 (9:41)
IM– Joey Dumais 43 yard pass reception from Lofholm (Evosevich-Hynes kick) 42-0 (3:59)
BR-H– Trevor Lippens 2 yard run (run failed) 42-8 (0:37.3)
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