2015-10-01 / Sports

Apsey’s TD lifts Lakers to homecoming win

Glen Lake gears up for big two-week stretch against Boyne City, at TC St. Francis
By Jay Bushen Of The Enterprise staff


NICK APSEY rips down an Onekama ball carrier during Glen Lake’s 12-7 homecoming win on Friday. NICK APSEY rips down an Onekama ball carrier during Glen Lake’s 12-7 homecoming win on Friday. Time was running out for Glen Lake in the late stages of Friday night’s homecoming clash with Onekama.

Trailing 7-6, the Lakers lined up on the 25-yard line with no timeouts and 21.2 seconds left to score on a vaunted Onekama defense that hadn’t surrendered a single point in its first three games. The Lakers opted to run the option off left tackle, hoping to square up junior placekicker Duke Angers for a game-winning field goal.

Junior quarterback Jared Jackson took the snap, darted to about the 15-yard line and pitched the ball to sophomore running back Nick Apsey — who apparently didn’t get the memo.

“I was a little nervous on the call because we’re going into the middle of the field,” said Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers. “We run this in practice all the time where we’ve got to go quick with our hurry-up offense, spike the ball or quick run out and kick a field goal. Duke wanted to get to the middle of the field to kick the field goal. We were trying to set that up. ... Next thing I know they’re still going.”


JERRY ANGERS and a few Glen Lake players react to Nick Apsey’s game-sealing touchdown run. JERRY ANGERS and a few Glen Lake players react to Nick Apsey’s game-sealing touchdown run. Apsey collided with defenders, kept his legs churning and broke the plane. The Glen Lake faithful erupted, and the Lakers escaped with a 12-7 win.

After the game, Apsey said it was the best feeling in the world.

“I can’t believe that happened,” he said.

It’s a good thing it did.

Glen Lake (4-1) improved its playoff hopes with the win, especially with two mammoth matchups on tap in weeks six and seven.

The team hosts Boyne City (4-1) tomorrow and plays at TC St. Francis (5-0) on Oct. 9. Those teams beat Glen Lake by a combined score of 95-0 last season. but Glen Lake has come a long way since its 3-6 campaign in 2014. Friday’s win, which Angers ranks in his “top five,” might be an indication of that.


THE HOMECOMING crowd cheered Glen Lake on to victory last Friday. Suttons Bay players will be looking for a similar crowd against East Jordan tomorrow night. THE HOMECOMING crowd cheered Glen Lake on to victory last Friday. Suttons Bay players will be looking for a similar crowd against East Jordan tomorrow night. The Lakers finished with 186 total yards and only eight first downs against Onekama, but they managed to get the job done. A 36-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Duke Angers in the third quarter proved to be a big play.

Angers flared out of the backfield to the far sideline and caught the ball before rumbling, stumbling and bumbling through a Portager and into the end zone.

“JJ made a good pass,” Angers said. “I just caught it and ran.”

Defensively, the Lakers looked better than they had all season.


GLEN LAKE’S defense came up big against Onekama, forcing five turnovers. The Portagers’ longest play from scrimmage went for 14 yards. GLEN LAKE’S defense came up big against Onekama, forcing five turnovers. The Portagers’ longest play from scrimmage went for 14 yards. Onekama finished with five passing yards and was 2-for-11 on third down.

In the second quarter, the Portagers had a chance to extend their 7-0 lead with two 1st-and-goal situations from the 8-yard line. The Glen Lake defense stood tall on both occasions, forcing a fumble and a turnover on downs.

“They really stuck with it on the critical spots,” Jackson said. “They didn’t let them get anything easy.”

The Portagers had five turnovers in the game, all fumbles. Angers, who finished with a game-high 13 tackles from his middle linebacker position, recovered one of them.

He and the Lakers will need to be at their best Friday when they battle for their fifth win against the Ramblers.

Suttons Bay, meanwhile, will be after its first win against East Jordan.

The Norse, 0-5 for the first time since 2012, will look to finish drives and protect the football against the Red Devils (2-3) after failing to do so in a 45-0 home loss to Charlevoix (3-2) last week.

It was another frustrating defeat for coach Alex Kohler, but he’s not getting down on his players.

“I’ve got 16 kids in helmets who don’t quit,” Kohler said. “They have a great drive and keep on working for the love of the game.”

The first-year head coach said Suttons Bay gets two injured players back this week: sophomore running back/defensive back Kaleb Grant and junior lineman Ryan Memberto. Both will be instrumental in stopping East Jordan’s Petoskey offense, which will be looking to pound the rock and test Suttons Bay’s front seven.

That won’t be easy against senior middle linebacker Zach Smith, who became the seventh player in Suttons Bay history to record 300 career tackles during the loss to Charlevoix.

Smith is on pace to finish as the program’s leading tackler, but he’s got one significant name to pass in the process.

“He’s still chasing the old coach,” Kohler said.

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