Ishpeming Hematite Football (22) VS Traverse City-St. Francis Gladiators(13) on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 11/14/2014
Marquette,MI – 11-14-2014 Hematite Playoff Friday Night from Marquette,MI on Real Classic Rock 98.3 WRUP. Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau bring you the action. The kickoff from the Superior Dome was a little after 8 pm on Real Classic Rock 98.3 WRUP.
The 2014 Division 7 Regional Final was moved to the Superior Dome in Marquette,MI due to the recent storm. The Hematites’ home field is buried with over two feet of snow.
The Hematites received the opening kickoff and drove to the St. Francis 25-yard line. The drive stalled there and the Gladiators took over. They were forced to punt the ball back to Ishpeming. The Hematites started on their 21-yard line and went on a drive that ended the first quarter. No score after the first quarter on 98.3 WRUP.
On the second play of the quarter Ozzy Corp ran 8-yards for a touchdown, extra point failed 6-0. St. Francis fumbled the kickoff and Ishpeming recovered. The Hematites marched to the end zone with Ozzy Corp going the final 3-yards. The PAT was good 14-0. St. Francis went on a scoring drive capped off with a 18-yard touchdown pass. The kick after was good Ishpeming lead14-7 at the end of the half on 98.3 WRUP.
The second half started with Ishpeming kicking off to St. Francis, who after going 3-and-out, punted to Ishpeming. The Hematites started at their own 21 yard line, and drove the ball down to the 4 yard line on a drive that took up the rest of the third quarter on 98.3 WRUP.
After a turnover on downs to start the 4th Quarter, Ishpeming got a safety on defense when Joe Nault made a tackle in the end zone to put the Hematites up 16-7. After St. Francis kicked the ball to Ishpeming, the Hematites went on a 62 yard drive that ended with Ozzy Hakkarinen scoring from three yards out, putting Ishpeming up 22-7. St. Francis fumbled on the following kick-off, and Ishpeming recovered the ball to regain possession with 6 minutes left. St. Francis scored a 13 yard touchdown with 1:13 left in the game, making it 22-13 after a missed extra point. After recovering an onside kick attempt, Ishpeming ran out the clock to hold on to a 22-13 win.
Next week: The Ishpeming Hematites take on Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary in the state semifinals next Saturday, site and time to be announced by the MHSAA. Mike and Bob will bring you the game on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com.