Shuffled lineup no problem for Lakers
East Jordan scored the first touchdown of the 2012 season in its home opener against Glen Lake.
But it was all Lakers after that.
Six different Lakers scored in a 47-7 rout of the Red Devils Friday night in the game which had a running clock after the point differential reached 35 points.
“We designed our offense this way ... several kids are going to be getting touches,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said after the win.
Pre-season injuries forced Angers to adjust his lineup. Junior quarterback Carter Lee, who suffered a knee injury, is expected to return to the lineup for the Lakers’ Sept. 7 game against Suttons Bay. The Northwest Conference opener has county bragging rights and the cherry bucket trophy on the line.
For now, Angers has tapped senior Curtis Bunek, a defensive back/wide receiver, to run the offense.
“Curtis showed leadership stepping in as quarterback,” Angers said. “He did whatever he needed to do to make sure we went ahead and stayed ahead.”
The Red Devils scored first and quickly — just 53 seconds into the contest when Dustin Hejka went left to Noah Bacchus, who ran for 76 yards into the Laker end zone. The extra point by Hejka was good to put East Jordan up 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bunek took the ball 85 yards to the East Jordan end zone for the first points of the 2012 season.
A muffed punt by East Jordan was recovered by Laker Anthony Czapek, setting up a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore Travis Wiltjer. The extra-point by Thomas Waning was good, putting the Lakers up 13-7.
Czapek also scored on an 8-yard run just with just over two minutes left in the first half. Mike O’Brien ran in the conversion to put the Lakers up 21-7.
Bunek ran 36 yards for the first score of the third quarter. An East Jordan fumble was recovered by Trevor Apsey, setting up a 38-yard TD reception by Waning. His good boot put the Lakers up 27-7 after three quarters.
Apsey and Kurt Kalis both punched the ball into the endzone in the fourth quarter.
“We had some bumps to start the game, but after that we were able to focus on the task at hand,” Angers said.
The Lakers rushed 44 times for 289 net yards. Sophomore quarterback Travis Wiltjer, who along with Andrew Lindeman were called up from the junior varsity for this game, led the ground game with 66 yards on six carries. Bunek had 64 yards on nine rushes. Lindeman had 55 on five carries and Elliott Bregni, 46 yards.
Bunek and Wiltjer combined for 4 of 8 passing for 65 yards.
Defensively, Glen Lake held East Jordan to 193 yards total. Czapek was the only Laker in dougle-digits with 11 tackles, including one assist. O’Brien had one sack for a 3-yard Red Devil loss.
Glen Lake hosts Charlevoix in tonight’s home opener. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The Red Rayders will be looking for their first win after a 34-0 drubbing at the hands of St. Ignace Friday.
“We’re hoping to see full stands,” Angers said, adding that six former Lakers were spectators at the East Jordan game. “We want the student section filled up.”