MUNISING - The Munising High School football team got off on the right foot and even ended the game on a good note, but it wasn't enough to get a victory over a consistant Newberry team, which walked away with a 29-12 win in the Mid-Eastern Conference match-up.
Austin Kelto passing and Gage Webster receiving bought Munising both of its touchdowns, which came on 29- and 26-yard passes.
"We battled well, but missed a couple of big opportunities," Munising head coach Jeff Seaberg said. "We have a lot of young kids who had some good minutes tonight. They'll be some bright spots for the future."
Getting first half touchdowns for Newberry were Dustin Crosby with an 85-yard kick return in the first quarter and Ian Stokes with a 3-yard run at the end of the second to make the score 14-6 at the half.
In the fourth quarter, after a scoreless third, Christopher Duksay brought in a 10-yard run to make the score 21-6, followed by a 27-yard interception return from Jordan Hood.
Munising rushed for 35 yards on 24 carries, but was much stronger in passing as Kelto threw for 215 yards on 14 of 30 attempts. The Mustangs had 14 first downs.
Manistique 36, Norway 13
MANISTIQUE - Kenner Broullire ran for four touchdowns Friday night, leading the Emeralds over the Knights.
Broullire's first score from three yards capped a 94-yard drive and tied the Mid-Peninsula Conference contest at 7-7 early in the second quarter.
He also scored on a 12-yard run with 38 seconds left in the second, giving the Emeralds a 15-7 halftime lead.
"That was a big score before the half," said Emeralds' coach Todd Kangas. "The long drive we scored on early in the second quarter was also huge. We came out a little flat. We fumbled on our first play from scrimmage and they capitalized. I'm glad our guys were able to rebound. We ran the ball very well and Kenner was a workhorse for us. We focused on keeping our blocks in practice this week and I thought it really paid dividends for us tonight."
Broullire then scored his third TD on a 48-yard dash less than two minutes into the third stanza, giving Manistique a 22-7 advantage.
"That was our first play from scrimmage in the third quarter," said Kangas. "That was something else we worked on in practice, and we got the result we wanted. But they kept coming at us. Both teams were physical. It was kind of a typical Norway game."
The Knights trimmed their deficit to 22-13 on a 10-yard pass from Isaac Bray to Austin Grayvold midway through the third frame.
Broullire, however, added an 18-yard TD run for a 29-13 advantage early in the fourth and David Pratt ended the scoring on a 37-yard jaunt, capping a 60-yard drive with 2:47 left to play.
Norway opened the scoring on a nine-yard pass from Bray to Dan Bal less than two minutes into the contest.