2016-12-29 / Sports

Lakers run past Pine River, head to Ford Field

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By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


CADE PETERSON escapes the clutches of Pine River defenders for one of his three touchdowns at a snow-covered Thirlby Field on Nov. 19. Peterson rushed for a season-high 179 yards in the 34-20 victory. CADE PETERSON escapes the clutches of Pine River defenders for one of his three touchdowns at a snow-covered Thirlby Field on Nov. 19. Peterson rushed for a season-high 179 yards in the 34-20 victory. The pinnacle of Glen Lake’s surprise season took place at Thirlby Field in Traverse City on Nov. 19.

The Lakers not only squared off with Pine River in the Division 6 semifinal, but also Mother Nature. Both teams battled blizzard like conditions, but Glen Lake’s devastating rushing attack and shutdown defense in the second half carried the Lakers to victory, 34-20. The boys punched their ticket to the state final with the win, becoming the first county team to ever play at Ford Field six days later.

Here’s how the story looked in the Nov. 24 issue of the Enterprise:

Cade Peterson rolled left, looked down field and saw nothing but snow and white jerseys. Instead of tossing the ball out of bounds, Peterson took a chance.


GLEN LAKE defenders lean in for a second-and-goal play against Jackson Lumen Christi late in the second quarter of the Division 6 final on Nov. 25. GLEN LAKE defenders lean in for a second-and-goal play against Jackson Lumen Christi late in the second quarter of the Division 6 final on Nov. 25. He ran backward, reversed fields — and picked up first down yardage.

For the second straight week, inclement weather forced the junior signal caller to lead Glen Lake’s offense with his legs rather than his arm. And for the second straight week, he did just that.

Long strides, patience and great blocks allowed Peterson to rush for a season-high 179 yards and three touchdowns at Thirlby Field on [Nov. 19] as the Lakers rolled past Pine River 34-20 and punched the peninsula’s first-ever ticket to a state final at Ford Field.

“We just adapted to the conditions,” Peterson said after a post-game celebration full of snow angels. “We didn’t know really how it was going to be, but our running game was really working.”

In a game featuring four completions and 50 passing yards, Glen Lake’s ground game had to be good.

And it was.

The Lakers lined up in three- and four-receiver sets, lured defenders out of the box and leaned on the runblocking prowess of a veteran offensive line and senior fullback Duke Angers.

There was no shortage of love for Glen Lake’s big fellas after the game.

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