2016-10-20 / Sports

Macke, seniors lift Lakers to homecoming win

Next up: Bye week
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

GLEN LAKE running back Josh Sterzer (12) looks to elude a Mancelona defender during Friday night’s homecoming game. GLEN LAKE running back Josh Sterzer (12) looks to elude a Mancelona defender during Friday night’s homecoming game. Duke Angers accurately summed up fellow senior Peter Macke’s speed following Glen Lake’s homecoming game against Mancelona last week.

“He’s stupid fast,” said Angers, a senior fullback. “He really is.”

Macke toted the rock nine times for a season-high 164 yards (18.2 average) and three touchdowns on Friday as the Lakers wrapped up their regular season with a 50-12 drubbing of the Ironmen on senior night. The divisional win gives the Lakers (6-2, 4-1) a shot at sharing the league title and plenty of momentum heading into the playoffs.

The team will finish 7-2 after this week’s forfeit win over Suttons Bay, which canceled its season.

“A lot of emotions,” said Angers, who finished with a team-high 13 total tackles from his middle linebacker position, including two for loss. “I grew up with these guys. Seeing all the seniors leaving last year, you don’t think it’s going to happen and it’s just there all of a sudden.”

Despite the lopsided outcome, Friday’s game was actually a back-and-forth affair early.

Glen Lake didn’t get on the board until the 1:44 mark of the first quarter when Nick Apsey found the end zone on a 36-yard touchdown run. Wes Peplinski, a senior, then made it a 10-0 game by tackling a Mancelona player in the end zone with 13 seconds left in the first.

Macke ran in his first touchdown with 9:28 left in the second quarter before Apsey made it 24-0 with a 26-yard run shortly thereafter. Senior Jared Jackson put the Lakers up big with 1:52 left in the quarter, taking a screen pass from Cade Peterson to the house from 35 yards.

Macke added touchdown runs of 4 yards and 74 yards in the second half before senior Josh Zientek put a 50 on the board with a 10-yard rushing score.

Needless to say, it was a big night for the senior class.

“It was emotional,” coach Jerry Angers said after the game. “I broke down a couple times early before the game even started. I’ve been with these kids and have coached them in soccer and lacrosse and hockey and football. I’ve known them for a long time. It was tough, really tough, but I was just really proud of my seniors and the leadership they showed today.”

The Lakers were explosive offensively, finishing with 464 total yards, and the defense looked good again. Glen Lake limited Mancelona to just 133 total yards and one third-down conversion.

The Ironmen didn’t complete a pass.

“We had some penalties,” Jerry Angers said. “I’ll have to look at that stuff, but the tenacity and the way they go after the ball, whether it’s the offensive side of the ball or the defensive side of the ball or on special teams, I enjoy watching.”

The Lakers, who outscored opponents 334-100 this season, will spend Friday night together in some capacity, most likely watching a potential playoff opponent or another area team.

In the meantime, the Lakers will look to improve while resting a few players, including Apsey, who spent the second half of last week’s game pedaling on the sidelines.

“I was really bummed out about the dead week, but now I’m looking at it like these kids need the time to heal up,” Jerry Angers said. “The timing is just about perfect.”

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