Ishpeming Hematite Championship Football (8) VS Detroit Loyola Bulldogs (29) on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com
11/29/2014 Marquette, Michigan USA — Ishpeming Hematite Division 7 State Championship Football action from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan versus the Detroit Loyola Bulldogs on 98.3 WRUP and 103.3 WFXD. Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau brought you the Honor Credit Union pregame show from Ford Field and ran down the stats for both the Hematites and the Bulldogs. Avid Hematite fans tuned in from all over the World on Saturday morning to cheer on the Hematites!
The back to back reigning state champs the Ishpeming Hematites started off the game with the best winning record in the division at 33 consecutive games. Facing the Detroit Loyola Bulldogs for the 3rd time in a row at Ford Field.
The Hematites took the field in home colors with the Bulldogs in their away whites. Ishpeming won the coin toss and chose to kick off. Detroit started off the first drive of the game with a pro set in the back field, getting the ball all the way to the Ishpeming 2 yard line. Ishpeming stopped the Bulldogs with an interception on the Hematite 10 yard line, converting the ball and stopping Loyola from scoring. Ishpeming drove Loyola back into their own territory with a 36 yard pass. Followed by a few quick 1st downs getting the Hematites into the Bulldog Red Zone. Our Hematites started 1st and Goal on the 2 yard line. Ozzy Corp finished the drive with the first Touchdown of the game for Ishpeming. Nick Comment completed the 2 point conversion and with 1 minute left in the first Quarter Ishpeming lead Detroit 8-0.
Detroit Loyola started the second quarter off with some fire and quickly scored their first touchdown putting 8 points on the board. This tied the teams up with 11:30 left in the second quarter. Detroit scored their Second touchdown of the game and brought the score to Detroit Loyola 16 – Ishpeming 8 with 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Ishpeming got the ball and worked to drive the Bulldogs back, but were unable to complete the drive. The Bulldogs brought their offense back onto the field with just over 1 minute left in the first half, and let the clock run out to complete the first half of the Division 7 Championship football game.
Mike and Bob brought stats from the first half with the Pomps Tire half time show. And were confident that the any needed adjustments were made in the Ishpeming locker room during the halftime break to come out and regain their early lead.
The anticipation in the air was high as both teams took the field for the second half of the most important game of the year. Ishpeming received the kick and began work on their first drive of the second half. Unable to complete the drive with a TD the Hematites punted and Loyola squared up to the Ishpeming Defense. Loyola was able to score another touchdown in the third quarter but was unable to complete the extra point. Bringing the score up to 22-8 Bulldogs with just under 9 minutes left in the third.
The teams played hard nosed football moving the ball back and fourth on the field in the 4th quarter with Detroit scoring a touchdown bringing the score to 29-8 Bulldogs with 3:15 left in the game. Finishing the game with Detroit Loyola as the new state champion with a final score of 29-8. Congratulations and we’ll see you next year to reclaim our title!
Congratulations Ishpeming on such a great season, 2 years of reigning as State Champions and a 33 game consecutive Winning streak! We are so proud of our Hematites and anticipate the start of Hematite Basketball and next years Football season! Watch out Division 7, Ishpeming will be back and looking to reclaim their Championship Title.
The Ishpeming Hematites Girls Basketball team kicks off the season with a home game against the Gwinn Modeltowners on Wednesday December 3rd.
Ishpeming Boys Basketball will begin with a Home game on January 2nd vs Kingsford.
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