2016-09-22 / Sports

Angers, Apsey lead Lakers past Portagers

Next up: Charlevoix
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE got a big win at Onekama on Saturday but has little time to rest on its laurels. The Lakers will host Charlevoix (4-0, 2-0 NMFL Leaders) tomorrow before traveling to Frankfort (4-0, 2-0 NMFL Leaders) in Week 6. Pictured from left after a touchdown against Mesick on Sept. 9 are Nick Apsey (5), Duke Angers (13), Josh Zientek (7) and Peter Macke (34). GLEN LAKE got a big win at Onekama on Saturday but has little time to rest on its laurels. The Lakers will host Charlevoix (4-0, 2-0 NMFL Leaders) tomorrow before traveling to Frankfort (4-0, 2-0 NMFL Leaders) in Week 6. Pictured from left after a touchdown against Mesick on Sept. 9 are Nick Apsey (5), Duke Angers (13), Josh Zientek (7) and Peter Macke (34). Nick Apsey follows his fullback through a big hole, sheds a tackle, spins out of another, stiff arms two defenders and gallops into the end zone.

Apsey’s 27-yard touchdown run— his fourth score of the game—gave No. 7 Glen Lake a commanding third-quarter lead in Onekama on Saturday as the Lakers powered past the previously unbeaten Portagers 42-7.

The sophomore running back hauled in a 48-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Cade Peterson in the first quarter to open the scoring, followed it up with a 47-yard scoop-and-score fumble recovery and a 7-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and, with Glen Lake leading 21-7 in the third, racked off the highlight-reel run.

“He had opportunities,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said of Apsey’s performance. “The defensive line did a great job forcing that fumble—the ball popped into his hands on a tackle from Zach Gushurst—and the throws from Cade to Nick were pretty good.

“Every time someone has a good outing it’s because of the 10 guys around him.”

The Lakers, who returned to Onekama after Friday night’s game was called off due to inclement weather, padded their lead in the fourth quarter when Peterson hit fullback Duke Angers for a 7-yard touchdown pass.

Running back Peter Macke added an exclamation point with his fourth score in two games, a 67-yard run.

The offensive performance looked nothing like last year’s 12-7 home win over the Portagers.

“It’s a lot more dynamic than what we’ve had in the past,” senior lineman Jake Palmer said. “Traditionally we’ve been more of a running offense, but having Cade back there has helped.”

Peterson, a junior transfer from Lake City, continued his hot start by completing 10 of 18 throws for 150 yards and a trio of touchdowns, adding 15 yards on the ground.

Jerry Angers lauded Peterson’s poise at the line of scrimmage.

“I just think he’s doing a great job leading,” Jerry Angers said. “You take our game Friday night, and there’s four or five times he checks out of a pass play because a run is there.

“For a kid that’s as good of a quarterback as he is and for someone who wants to throw the ball as much as possible, that just shows his leadership and his ability to be a great teammate.”

Middle linebacker Duke Angers, meanwhile, quarterbacked the defense to another strong performance while amassing 19 total tackles, four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

The Lakers limited Onekama to 179 total yards and just six first downs.

“Our defensive line did a great job keeping blockers off our linebackers,” Jerry Angers said.

The win keeps Glen Lake in contention with a pair of 4-0 opponents in the NMFL Leaders ranks: No. 3 Charlevoix, a team ranked four spots ahead of Glen Lake in last week’s AP poll; and Frankfort, the No. 6 team in Division 8. Glen Lake plays those teams in the same order in weeks 5 and 6.

Charlevoix has had plenty of time to gear up for Glen Lake after a forfeit victory over Suttons Bay in Week 4.

The Red Rayders beat Elk Rapids, Boyne City and Mancelona in the first three weeks of the season, respectively, scoring 104 points in the process.

“They have pretty much dominated everybody they’ve played,” Jerry Angers said.

Charlevoix rolls out a “shotgun veer” offense highlighted by playmakers at quarterback and running.

Defensively, the Lakers will need to protect Peterson and open up holes against mostly four-man fronts and strong play at defensive end, linebacker and cornerback.

Palmer said the Lakers are looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s pretty much a playoff week for us,” he said.

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