2017-10-19 / Sports

Lakers lock up Leaders Division title

Peterson: 12-for-12, 258 yards

Glen Lake junior Rolli Charpentier (20) looks for space in the Mancelona defense on Friday. Photo: Greg GuilbeauGlen Lake junior Rolli Charpentier (20) looks for space in the Mancelona defense on Friday. Photo: Greg Guilbeau

Cade Peterson tossed a trio of touchdown passes, the defense delivered a shutout and, for the first time since 2013, Glen Lake players celebrated a conference championship.

The No. 9 Lakers locked up their first-ever Northern Michigan Football League title at Mancelona on Friday, securing the Leaders division title — and a playoff berth — with a 49-0 win.

“We haven’t won one in a few years,” said coach Jerry Angers, who has guided Glen Lake to the playoffs in six of his nine seasons at the helm. “Anytime you go into a season, one of your goals is to win a conference title. Not only did we reach it, but we qualified for the playoffs the same night.”

The Lakers (5-2, 3-0 Leaders), who host Evart in the regular season finale, could do no wrong against Mancelona.

That was particularly the case in the passing game as Peterson completed 12-of-12 throws for 258 yards. The Grand Valley State verbal commit connected with Nick Apsey, younger brother Drew Peterson and Joey Fosmore for touchdown tosses of 52 yards, 5 yards and 61 yards, respectively. He also rushed for 30 yards and one touchdown on seven carries.

“He’s clicking with those receivers,” Angers said, “and the offensive line is doing a great job of giving him time.”

Apsey, Fosmore and Max Guilbeau added red-zone rushing touchdowns.

Guilbeau led defensively with 12 tackles, including two for loss and one sack, as the Lakers limited Mancelona to just 133 yards from scrimmage.

The Ironmen (0-7, 0-2 Leaders) did not complete a pass.

“We’re doing a great job with run fits and reacting to plays as they happen,” said Angers, whose team has shut out three of its previous four opponents.

The last Glen Lake team to post three shutouts in a regular season was the 2013 group, which ended its year with a 42-7 loss to Ithaca in the district title game.

UP NEXT: Evart

Junior quarterback Carter Pritchard and the Wildcats (4-4, 2-3 Highland) will head to Maple City tomorrow night in full desperation mode, needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Pritchard enters the clash with plenty of confidence, too, after throwing for 368 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-41 home win over Holton on Friday.

“It’s a good football team,” Angers said. “They’re coming in here hungry because they need a win to get into the playoffs. There’s a lot at stake here. This is a playoff week for us. We don’t want to back into the playoffs.”

Glen Lake is 2-0 all-time against the Wildcats, posting wins of 19-0 and 13-0 in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

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