2016-11-10 / Sports

Lakers brace for Calumet

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

Cade Peterson and the high-powered Glen Lake offense will be put to the test Saturday as the Lakers travel to the Upper Peninsula to take on No. 4 Calumet at Agassiz Field at 1 p.m.

The Copper Kings (10-1) won their district championship by shutting out No. 1 Negaunee 6-0 on Friday and have only given up 80 points all year. In fact, according to the Mining Gazette, Calumet’s first-team defense has only surrendered nine touchdowns.

“Very tough,” said Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers, whose No. 6 Lakers improved to 9-2 on Friday with a 36-12 win at No. 8 Roscommon. “They play downhill on both sides of the ball.”

Calumet has outscored teams 313- 80 this season, limiting its last six opponents to a grand total of 16 points.

The team’s only loss came against visiting Negaunee in Week 2, 14-6.

Leading the way for the Copper Kings is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound bruiser: senior linebacker Russ Bjorn, who is also the team’s starting quarterback.

“He’s a great football player,” Angers said.

In describing the team’s 6-0 win last week, Bryce Derouin of the Mining Gazette had this to say: “Calumet and Negaunee play the style of football that would make most Yoopers proud: power running between the tackles on offense, and fast, aggressive gang-tackling on defense.”

The same could be said about senior linebacker Duke Angers and the Glen Lake defense, which has surrendered 14 or fewer points in eight of 10 games this season.

The new-look offense, on the other hand, has shifted to more of a spread look this season — but it’s working.

The team has scored 34 or more points on seven occasions and is putting up 39.2 points per game.

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