2016-11-10 / Sports

Lakers roll past Roscommon, head to U.P.

Next up: Calumet
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE football players gather around coach Jerry Angers and the district trophy following Friday night’s win at Roscommon. GLEN LAKE football players gather around coach Jerry Angers and the district trophy following Friday night’s win at Roscommon. Peter Macke took the pitch, galloped toward the far pylon and tiptoed his way across the goal line.

Macke managed to elude all 11 defenders during the 4-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run thanks to a convoy of blockers in muddied Glen Lake uniforms — although his return to the sidelines wasn’t as easy.

With the technique of a well-schooled linebacker, Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers squared up the senior running back, wrapped him up and swung him around triumphantly.

The celebration was on.

Macke added a 13-yard score later in the fourth quarter of Friday’s district title game at Roscommon, allowing the Lakers to run away with a 36-12 win and the first district championship of Angers’ eight-year career at Glen Lake.

“It means a ton,” Angers said moments after a post-game Gatorade shower. “These kids have worked so hard to win a district championship and earn an opportunity to get to the U.P. Hopefully we can continue this journey we’re on, but I’m in heaven right now.”


DUKE ANGERS (13) and a gang of Glen Lake tacklers rips down Roscommon running back Trey Lewandowski in the second half of Friday’s game. DUKE ANGERS (13) and a gang of Glen Lake tacklers rips down Roscommon running back Trey Lewandowski in the second half of Friday’s game. Following a scoreless first quarter, quarterback Cade Peterson and running back Nick Apsey brought the Glen Lake offense to life.

Peterson and Apsey sandwiched touchdown connections of 50 yards and 24 yards around a Roscommon score in the second stanza, giving Glen Lake a 12-6 halftime lead.

Roscommon nearly knotted the score early in the third frame, but a fourth-down halfback pass was picked off by Glen Lake junior cornerback Josh Sterzer in the end zone. Peterson took advantage on the following drive, finding junior wideout Nick Rice for a 61-yard catch-and-run, then senior wideout Jared Jackson for an 18-yard score with 3:09 left in the quarter. The Bucks fumbled on the next play from scrimmage, setting up a 31-yard Glen Lake field goal from Duke Angers.


GLEN LAKE coach Jerry Angers picks up Peter Macke moments after the senior running back’s touchdown run put the Lakers up big in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win at Roscommon. GLEN LAKE coach Jerry Angers picks up Peter Macke moments after the senior running back’s touchdown run put the Lakers up big in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win at Roscommon. Duke Angers, a senior fullback and middle linebacker, posted a game-high 13 tackles as the Lakers kept Roscommon tailback Trey Lewandowski and the Roscommon offense in check in the fourth quarter.

Lewandowski, who broke Roscommon’s single-season rushing record in the second half, finished with 133 yards and no touchdowns on 33 carries (4.0 average).

The Bucks finished with 221 rushing yards but struggled to convert on third down and make plays in the passing game. The team completed just two passes, both coming on a pair of fade routes in the fourth quarter.

Jerry Angers lauded the play of his defense and the leadership of his senior class after the game.

“Those seniors are just above and beyond the best I’ve been around as a collective group,” he said. “They work their tails off. I love them all like sons.”

The win puts Glen Lake in a regional contest for the first time in 20 years.

Duke Angers, who was half responsible for the post-game Gatorade shower, was asked about his dad’s impact on the program.

“He’s changed this program around — not that it needed changing around — but it’s just been good seeing him doing what he does,” Duke Angers said. “We’ve just got a great coaching staff and he’s turning us into men.”

The father-son duo isn’t the only one making a difference for Glen Lake.

Peterson and his dad, co-offensive coordinator Tim Peterson, have been instrumental in creating an explosive spread offense for the Lakers.

“We’re just playing for each other,” said Cade Peterson, who completed 8 of 17 throws for 196 yards and the trio of touchdowns.“Everyone has each other’s back and the coaches are doing a nice job with us. Everything’s working for us right now.”

The players chalk a lot of that success up to camaraderie and chemistry.

Both were on full display after the game as players celebrated with the district trophy held high.

“It’s incredible,” Duke Angers said. “I’ve never won districts in my football career and I can’t explain it, winning with this group of guys is special. We’re super close, like brothers.”

The team will take on No. 4 Calumet in the Upper Peninsula on Saturday.

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