2016-09-08 / Sports

Thriller at Thirlby: Glads outlast Glen Lake in defensive slugfest

15 flags, 189 yards
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GABE CALLERY leaves his feet to pick off a Glen Lake pass during the second half of Friday’s game at Thirlby Field. Callery’s play was instrumental in his team’s 21-13 win. The senior also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in the first quarter. Also pictured are Nick Apsey of Glen Lake (No. 5) and Chris Kolarevic of St. Francis (No. 7). GABE CALLERY leaves his feet to pick off a Glen Lake pass during the second half of Friday’s game at Thirlby Field. Callery’s play was instrumental in his team’s 21-13 win. The senior also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in the first quarter. Also pictured are Nick Apsey of Glen Lake (No. 5) and Chris Kolarevic of St. Francis (No. 7). Jerry Angers shook hands with the opposing team, marched purposefully toward his team near the west end zone and told his players to circle up.

With a spirited message that sounded more like a pregame speech than a postgame pep talk, the Glen Lake coach made his point in 54 seconds.

“We will play them again,” Angers said to his Lakers, “and we’ll be better. We will eliminate the mistakes.”

Traverse City St. Francis made the most of Glen Lake mistakes at Thirlby Field on Friday, surviving a second-half surge from the Lakers and walking away with a hard-fought 21-13 win.


GLEN LAKE quarterback Cade Peterson (No. 4) follows up a highlight reel juke with a mean stiff arm in the fourth quarter. GLEN LAKE quarterback Cade Peterson (No. 4) follows up a highlight reel juke with a mean stiff arm in the fourth quarter. Glen Lake (1-1, 0-0 Leaders) took 15 penalties for 189 yards — 150 more than St. Francis (2-0, 0-0 Legends), a team that went 12-1 in 2015.

“We’ve just got to minimize the mistakes we make with the flags and stupid penalties,” said senior wideout and safety Jared Jackson. “It would have been a better outcome probably, but we did that to ourselves. Besides that, I think we played pretty well.”

Glen Lake’s defense sent a message on the first St. Francis possession of the game, slamming the door shut on 4th-and-goal.

The Lakers stood tall on the next St. Francis possession, setting up another 4th-down scenario on Glen Lake’s 12-yard line, but a gutsy call to run a fake field goal led to a St. Francis touchdown pass from Gabe Callery to Michael Hegewald.


GLEN LAKE football players, pictured taking the field at Thirlby Field on Friday, should be ready to play tomorrow night when Mesick comes to town. GLEN LAKE football players, pictured taking the field at Thirlby Field on Friday, should be ready to play tomorrow night when Mesick comes to town. “The big play of the game is the fake field goal when we don’t knock the ball down,” Angers said. “We knew it was coming, just didn’t make the play.”

The Glads doubled their lead in the second quarter when a Callery interception and a 55-yard Teddy Prichard run set up a 15-yard touchdown scamper from Joey Muzljakovich.

Glen Lake’s offense, on the other hand, struggled to get anything going on offense in the first half. The Lakers adjusted at halftime, however.

“We opened it up a little bit, went to the spread and got them out of their comfort zone,” Angers said. “We tried to run the ball in the first half a little more and then we went to (junior quarterback Cade Peterson’s) arm. He made some plays and our receivers made some plays.”

Glen Lake rolled out a variety of three-receiver sets and let Peterson go to work. The adjustments paid off in the third quarter when junior tailback Nick Apsey capped a long drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, making it 14-6.

The Glads answered on their next possession, however, when Connor McGee slashed his way through the Glen Lake defense for a 22-yard score.

Senior linebacker Max Guilbeau sparked a Glen Lake comeback attempt shortly thereafter by recovering a fumble and setting up a 3-yard touchdown run from fellow senior Duke Angers, but costly miscues — including a game-icing offsides call on 4th-and-1 with less than a minute remaining — helped St. Francis secure its fifth straight win against the Lakers.

“We stack up right with them,” Jackson said. “We can beat them. I think we should have beat them there.”

GAME BALL GOES TO

Jackson. The former quarterback hauled in five catches for 51 receiving yards and an interception on defense. He showed some toughness in the fourth quarter, absorbing a big shot after hauling in a 21-yard pass from Peterson along the Glen Lake sideline. The reception set up a touchdown.

SILVER LINING

Glen Lake’s defense showed it can slow the vaunted St. Francis trap game.

The Glads were uncharacteristically sloppy at times offensively, but Glen Lake’s run stoppers deserve credit for standing tall on third down.

St. Francis racked up 249 yards on the ground (compared to 448 in their season opener at Marquette), but were 2-for-15 in third-down situations.

“We made a lot of mistakes — fumbles, an interception — and need to clean it up,” St. Francis quarterback Cole Julian said after the game.

TAKEAWAY

Glen Lake took 15 penalties against a perennial powerhouse and lost by eight. The Lakers can still win their division and, if all falls into place, see St. Francis again when it matters.

“The biggest takeaway is the kids just lost one of their goals,” Jerry Angers said. “The kids wanted to beat both teams in the big division and we went 1-1 against them.”

The Lakers beat Kingsley in Week 1, 34-13. Their last non-conference game will be against Inland Lakes in Week 7.

UP NEXT

Glen Lake welcomes its first league opponent, Mesick (0-2, 0-0 Leaders), on Friday at 7 p.m.

Central Lake and East Jordan beat the Bulldogs by scores of 20-18 and 39-8 in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

“Now we get into our league,” Angers told his players after the game Friday. “No mercy on nobody. I’m going to tell you right now — it could be Week 10, it could be Week 11, it could be Week 12 —if you eliminate the mistakes ... we’ll probably be right back right here.”

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