2016-09-29 / Sports

Quick-strike Lakers off to Frankfort

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


WITH NOTHING but green grass in front of him, Peter Macke (34) peeks back at a pursuing Charlevoix defender during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s win. Max Lerchen (15) is pictured celebrating his track-and-field teammate’s 90-yard touchdown dash, Glen Lake’s seventh score of the game. WITH NOTHING but green grass in front of him, Peter Macke (34) peeks back at a pursuing Charlevoix defender during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s win. Max Lerchen (15) is pictured celebrating his track-and-field teammate’s 90-yard touchdown dash, Glen Lake’s seventh score of the game. All eyes will be on Frankfort running back Griffin Kelly tomorrow as a pair of fifth-ranked teams collide in a game that could determine the eventual Leaders Division champion.

Kelly, a junior, has put up videogame numbers for the Panthers through four games—702 rushing yards on 59 carries (11.9 average) and 13 total touchdowns— against Manton, Central Lake, Mancelona and Johannesburg- Lewiston. Glen Lake is not Manton, Central Lake, Mancelona or Johannesburg-Lewiston.

“We’ll see,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said of Kelly. “He’s a pretty good football player.”


CADE PETERSON carves through the Charlevoix defense during Friday’s win. The junior quarterback threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns against the Red Rayders, adding 22 rushing yards. CADE PETERSON carves through the Charlevoix defense during Friday’s win. The junior quarterback threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns against the Red Rayders, adding 22 rushing yards. The Lakers (4-1, 3-0 Leaders) and Panthers (5-0, 1-0 Leaders) enter tomorrow’s matchup at Lockhart Field as the fifth-ranked teams in Division 6 and Division 8, respectively, although it’s safe to say Angers and his players won’t put too much stock into this week’s poll after Friday night’s game against visiting Charlevoix.

Then-seventh-ranked Glen Lake entered the game four spots behind Charlevoix in Division 6 — and won 49-7.

“Give them all the credit in the world,” Charlevoix coach Ron Bindi said after the game. “Our guys had a chance to make a statement tonight and we didn’t.”

The banged-up Red Rayders had no answer for Glen Lake quarterback Cade Peterson and running back Nick Apsey, who put up some video-game numbers of their own.

Peterson completed 12 of 18 throws for 389 yards and three scores—including 90- and 91-yard touchdown passes to Apsey in the second quarter—and eclipsed the 400-total-yard mark with 22 rushing yards.

Apsey made the most of six touches, hauling in three passes for 202 receiving yards and the two receiving touchdowns while rushing for 49 yards and two scores on just three carries.

“Our kids came to play,” Angers said. “We hit them with a couple quick scores, ran a little two-minute offense to start the game and tired them out a little bit. I don’t think they were prepared for that part.”

Peterson continues to pick opposing defenses apart with his ability to call plays at the line of scrimmage.

The 6-foot-4 junior transfer from Lake City has completed 42 of 84 throws this season for 963 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 179 yards and two scores.

“Cade can throw the ball,” said senior running back Josh Zientek. “We’re playing catch on offense and it’s working.”

Another junior, running back Josh Sterzer, crossed the plane twice against Charlevoix on a 6-yard jet sweep in the second quarter and a 71-yard touchdown reception in the fourth.

Senior tailback Peter Macke added the exclamation point later in the fourth with a 90-yard rushing touchdown.

“I got the ball, saw the hole and took the opportunity,” Macke said.

Glen Lake’s defense was equally impressive. The Lakers finished with 576 total yards; Charlevoix had 159.

Glen Lake has given up just eight touchdowns in five games while limiting opponents to 10.8 points on average.

Their performance will be key tomorrow against Griffin and Frankfort, who have been lighting up the scoreboard with 47.5 points per game.

PANTHER POWER

No program has given Glen Lake more grief than Frankfort.

The Panthers, according to records dating back to 1950 on MichiganFootball.com, have handed Glen Lake 39 losses since 1959. The team with the next most wins against Glen Lake is Kingsley with 23.

The Lakers have won the last three meetings, however, including last year’s 10-6 win in Week 1.

HOLD THOSE HANKIES

Penalties were an Achilles heel for Glen Lake early this fall, but the Lakers have cut down on the mental miscues. The team took 33 penalties in its first two games against Kingsley and Traverse City St. Francis but has been flagged just 26 times since.

NICKED UP

Apsey continues to showcase his bigplay ability on offense, although he’s been impressive in all three phases. The junior has crossed the goal line 14 times this season, scoring on offense, defense and special teams.

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