2016-12-01 / Sports

Bell’s big day leads Lumen Christi past Glen Lake

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE defenders lean in for a second-and-goal play against Lumen Christi late in the second quarter of Friday’s Division 6 final. The Lakers stood tall on first and second down from their own 1-yard line, but the Titans broke through and took a 20-7 lead with 10 seconds left in the half. GLEN LAKE defenders lean in for a second-and-goal play against Lumen Christi late in the second quarter of Friday’s Division 6 final. The Lakers stood tall on first and second down from their own 1-yard line, but the Titans broke through and took a 20-7 lead with 10 seconds left in the half. Coach Jerry Angers hoisted the trophy and released a celebratory roar in the direction of the south sideline, where hundreds of Glen Lake supporters were on their feet roaring right back. It was a proud moment for Angers and his program, even if it wasn’t the moment — or the trophy — they had been hoping for.

A monster performance from senior running back Bo Bell helped Jackson Lumen Christi cap an 11-game win streak and capture the Division 6 championship with a 26-14 victory over the Lakers at Ford Field on Friday.

Bell bulldozed his way through Glen Lake’s defense and into the MHSAA record books with 238 rushing yards — 11th-most by a single player in championship game history — on 40 carries, adding one touchdown.

“You can’t give guys like that a crease,” Angers said. “When they have a crease, they’re gone.”

Lumen Christi controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, racking up 298 rushing yards on 65 attempts — the third-most attempts in finals history — and limiting Glen Lake to just 4 yards on 15 attempts.

The Lakers had been averaging more than 200 yards on the ground.

“Their run defense was unbelievable,” said Glen Lake quarterback Cade Peterson, who completed 15 of 20 throws for 254 yards and two touchdowns. “I will admit — they were a lot bigger than they looked on film.”

The Titans set the tone early, sniffing out a fake punt attempt from Glen Lake on the game’s first possession. Lumen Christi capitalized shortly thereafter when fullback Kyle Minder capped an 11-play, 55-yard scoring drive with a 3-yard score at the 4:36 mark.

Titan defenders stood tall once again on Glen Lake’s next drive, stopping fullback Duke Angers on 4th-and-1. Minder found the end zone 14 plays later, putting the Lakers in a 13-0 hole with 7:29 left in the second stanza.

Peterson put the Lakers within striking distance later in the second quarter, connecting with wide receiver Nick Rice along the Glen Lake sideline for a picturesque 57-yard pass-and-catch, but the Titans recaptured momentum with a third Minder touchdown to put the team up 20-7 at halftime.

The teams traded punts to start the second half, but Lumen Christi took a commanding lead when Bell punched in a 3-yard score with 3:36 remaining in the third frame, making it 26-7.

A 9-yard pass from Peterson to running back Nick Apsey helped Glen Lake close the gap early in the fourth quarter but, against Bell and the clock-eating Lumen Christi offense, the comeback attempt came too late.

“Tough football game,” Lumen Christi coach Herb Brogan said. “I thought they were really physical with a lot of blitzes. They gave us a lot of different looks defensively that we struggled with at times.”

The Titans put the game on ice with a 17-play, 50-yard drive in the fourth quarter before celebrating their sixth state championship since 2000.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were left with a runner-up trophy. The team finished 11-3 (5-1 NMFL Leaders).

“In middle school, we won three games. Everyone said this senior class wasn’t going to be as good,” Duke Angers said. “We came together as a group, the Petersons came in and we just clicked. I love my seniors and I wouldn’t want to be with any other class.”

The middle linebacker saw his high school career come to a close with time winding down in the fourth quarter.

His coach, Jerry Angers, subbed him out and promptly met him on the Glen Lake sideline with a fatherly embrace.

The eight-year coach had more than a runner-up trophy to be proud of.

“As a dad and as a coach, there’s not a lot of guys who get the opportunity that I just got,” he said. “I got to spend it with my kid at Ford Field in the state finals with a great football team.”

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