2017-10-05 / Sports

Apsey, Lakers shine in homecoming comeback

Glen Lake rattles off 29 unanswered points to rally past Panthers


NICK APSEY fends off a Kirk Myers tackle and makes his way up the Glen Lake sideline Friday in the second half of a 48-34 win over visiting Frankfort. NICK APSEY fends off a Kirk Myers tackle and makes his way up the Glen Lake sideline Friday in the second half of a 48-34 win over visiting Frankfort. Rolli Charpentier rolls left, reads the quarterback’s eyes, picks off the pass and takes a Frankfort running back for a 12-yard ride into the end zone.

And the place goes nuts.

Charpentier’s pick-six put the Lakers up two scores with a little less than three minutes to play on Friday and highlighted a thrilling 48-34 homecoming victory for the boys in black.

“Mowgli did a great job of jumping that,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said of Charpentier, a junior linebacker. “We’ve been working on that all week. We had a couple hiccups to start the first half but we came back and did what we had to do in the second half to win a hard-fought football game.”

Hard-fought hardly does Friday’s affair justice. Frankfort (3-2, 1-1 Leaders) held leads of 19-6, 27-13 and 34-19 — but Glen Lake (3-2, 2-0 Leaders) simply wouldn’t go away.


GLEN LAKE coach Jerry Angers shows some emotion on the sidelines following a game-sealing interception in the fourth quarter. GLEN LAKE coach Jerry Angers shows some emotion on the sidelines following a game-sealing interception in the fourth quarter. The Lakers finally slowed Frankfort’s potent rushing attack and forced a trio of turnovers in the fourth quarter to help turn the tide.

Offensively, quarterback Cade Peterson and tailback Nick Apsey made the most of a strong outing from the Glen Lake offensive line and found ways to keep Frankfort guessing. Apsey scored four of his six touchdowns in the second half, including a go-ahead 8-yard score just eight seconds before Charpentier’s touchdown.

“Nick Apsey played like himself,” Peterson said. “He’s so athletic and he’s able to do things many high school kids aren’t able to. He turned a button on inside his head tonight and did what he’s all about. That’s all I can say.”

Peterson, who put the game on ice late in the fourth by picking off a Kirk Myers pass near the Glen Lake goal line, completed 15-of-23 throws for 155 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He did most of his damage with his legs, however, finishing with 128 yards on 20 carries.

Griffin Kelly led the way for Frankfort with 156 yards on 29 carries, finishing with three total touchdowns.

“He’s a hell of a back,” Angers said.

The Lakers had plenty of reason to celebrate after the game, especially considering their 26-21 loss at Frankfort in 2016. Additionally, the victory was Glen Lake’s first on the new turf.

Well aware, Jerry Angers wasted little time in ringing the victory bell following the post-game handshake.

“That was awesome,” Angers said. “The first time we played here, we didn’t get an opportunity to do that.

“Doing it today was precious.”

UP NEXT: Inland Lakes (2-4)

The Lakers can move one step closer to a playoff berth on Friday against visiting Inland Lakes, a team that has struggled to put up points this fall.

Gaylord St. Mary, Harbor Springs and Johannesburg-Lewiston have all shut out Inland Lakes this season, although the Bulldogs have posted wins over Saint Ignace and East Jordan.

Glen Lake, which owns an 8-0 advantage in the all-time series, beat the Bulldogs 49-14 in 2016.

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