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L’Anse stymies West Iron, 50-0

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) West Iron junior running back Jason Cronkright (3) stiff arms L'Anse senior defensive end Hunter Stanaway to the ground in the second half of a West PAC Conference crossover game, Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field in Stambaugh.

STAMBAUGH — It was Homecoming and Senior Day for West Iron Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field but the visiting Purple Hornets offense was too much for the host Wykons. L’Anse, behind 37 points in the first quarter, including three touchdown runs by senior running back Dysean Allen, defeated shorthanded West Iron 50-0 in a West PAC Conference crossover game.

West Iron, who has struggled with numbers this season, as well as injuries, had their jayvee players dress for the game.

“We had a good week, with Homecoming, the kids had a great time with everything leading up to today’s game,” said veteran West Iron head coach Mike Berutti. “I hoped we’d have come out and played a little bit better than we did today. In the second half we did play better against their backups.”

Allen’s touchdown runs were 56, 17 and 66 yards respectively for L’Anse, who didn’t attempt a pass, and neither did West Iron. Braydon Lee scored two touchdowns for the Purple Hornets as well.

“I was pretty happy with our performance today, after such a tough loss to Iron Mountain last week,” said L’Anse head coach Mark Leaf. “I really like how the kids bounced back today. We really got off to a fast start and had great execution.”

The Mountaineers defeated L’Anse 42-0 Sept. 17 at L’Anse.

Baraga senior Virgil Mongozid also reached paydirt for L’Anse, as the Purple Hornets team is a co-op program. Junior Kellen Koskinen also scored a touchdown.

Eli Ostermeyer and Baraga student Daniel Lauritsen each recovered a fumble for L’Anse, while junior Riley Rosengren recovered a fumble for the Wykons.

“Everyone got a lot of playing time today, which was great. But hats off to West Iron County, they have a young team that’s struggling with numbers and didn’t give up. It’s always tough to get a win on the road, especially on a Saturday afternoon, so I am pleased,” Leaf added.

The Purple Hornets, who improve to 3-2 on the season, return home to host Negaunee Friday night. The Wykons who fall to 0-4 on the season, are scheduled to travel to Houghton on the same night.

“The one part that did shine for us today, was the younger (JV) players stepping in and wanting to participate,” Berutti added. “And once a couple of them went in and did OK, a few other ones wanted to go in when they saw their buddies doing OK in there. I was happy to see that.”

L’Anse 37 13 0 0 — 50

WIC 0 0 0 0 — 0

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