GLADSTONE — A spirited comeback got here up quick for the Gladstone Braves right here Friday evening in a 28-14 soccer loss to the Negaunee Miners in a Division 6 playoff opener.
Negaunee (4-3) visits Westwood (5-1) in a district match-up subsequent weekend. The Braves completed 2-4.
The Miners all however secured the choice on Gerald Johnson’s 15-yard landing cross via the center to Joe Mallett with two minutes, 25 seconds remaining within the contest.
Gladstone wasn’t fairly via, nevertheless, as senior operating again Ryan Polley returned the following kickoff 60 yards to the Negaunee 19-yard line.
Polley then scampered for an obvious landing on the subsequent play, but it surely was nullified by an unlawful block, which moved the ball again to the 35.
The ultimate drive finally stalled on the 35, enabling the Miners to enter victory formation.
“We’ve been capable of get some guys collectively and construct some continuity,” stated Negaunee coach Paul Jacobson. “We misplaced one among our beginning quarterback Will Luke within the first assembly (a 22-20 loss Sept. 25). It made issues powerful, however the guys are resilient. We’ve had so many ups and downs since March 13 (resulting from Covid-19). We’re simply having fun with the second as a result of we don’t know what’s going to occur tomorrow.”
Negaunee gained a seemingly comfy 21-6 benefit on senior operating again Lukas Nelson’s nine-yard burst up the center with 7:59 left to play.
The Braves responded shortly, climbing inside 21-14 on Polley’s 31-yard sprint round proper finish at 7:15.
“Ryan is a heck of a ballplayer,” stated Braves’ coach Jeff Hansen. “He simply performed his coronary heart out, attempting to assist his workforce win. We had been nonetheless enjoying with confidence at that time, however we had been a bit on offense. Getting that landing known as again actually damage us. Hats off to Negaunee. On the finish of the day, they had been the extra constant workforce.”
Gladstone introduced itself with a chance halfway via the fourth quarter when senior defensive again Zac Brazeau recovered a fumble on the Negaunee 35.
The Braves, nevertheless, had been unable to take benefit and turned the ball over on downs on the 32.
Negaunee took a 7-0 lead on a six-yard run off left deal with by senior operating again Nash Hillier with 8:25 left within the second quarter.
The Braves then moved inside 7-6 on a 38-yard on junior quarterback Cam Kelly’s 38-yard cross to senior cut up finish Cam Ballard at 4:31.
Negaunee pushed its result in 14-6 on Nelson’s nine-yard run up the center halfway via the third stanza.
The Miners rushed for 181 of their 246 yards. Hillier carried 25 occasions for 107, and Nelson ran 12 occasions for 62, together with a 46-yard burst via the center to the Braves’ 15 to arrange Mallett’s game-clinching TD reception. Johnson was 6-of-13 passing for 65 and an interception.
Gladstone was restricted to 46 yards on the bottom, and Kelly hit 7-of-27 aerials for 121 and an interception. One in all Kelly’s passes went 45 yards to junior John Hansen, establishing Polley’s TD run. Polley completed with 60 yards on 12 carries.
“We’re pleased with the children and what they completed,” stated Hansen. “The lasting legacy of this group is that they’re powerful and by no means gave up.”
Negaunee 0 7 7 14 — 28
Gladstone 0 6 0 8 — 14
N — Hillier, six-yard run (Mallett kick), 8:25
G — Kelly, 38-yard cross to Ballard (conversion failed), 4:31
N — Nelson, five-yard run (Mallett kick), 6:52
N — Nelson, nine-yard run (Mallett kick), 7:59
G — Polley, 31-yard run (Polley run), 7:15
N — Johnson, 15-yard cross to Mallett (Mallett kick), 2:25
Complete offense: Negaunee 246 yards (181 dashing, 65 passing); Gladstone 167 yards (46 dashing, 121 passing).
Dashing: Negaunee (Hillier 25-107, Nelson 12-62, Johnson 8-12); Gladstone (Polley 12-60, Servant 2-1, Kelly 4-minus-15).
Passing: Negaunee (Johnson 6-13, one interception); Gladstone (Kelly 7-27, one interception)
Receiving: Negaunee (Mallett 4-48, Belanger 2-17); Gladstone (Hansen 2-54, Ballard 1-38, Sundquist 1-18, Vitito 1-9, Servant 1-3, Polley 1-minus-1).
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