2018-08-30 / Sports

HARD HITTIN’ NORSE

Suttons Bay wins big at Bear Lake
by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY fullback Caleb Smith protects the ball as he runs down the field in the game against Bear Lake. 
Photo: Richard Piglowski SUTTONS BAY fullback Caleb Smith protects the ball as he runs down the field in the game against Bear Lake. Photo: Richard Piglowski Rain didn’t stop the scoreboard from lighting up at Bear Lake.

Suttons Bay football players were all over the field, dominating Bear Lake Friday in a 62-0 decision in both teams season opener.

The Norsemen forced five Laker turnovers, and didn’t allow a single passing yard.

A 10-yard run was the first points of the year for the Norse, as Lucas Mikesell ran it in for the score. The Norse got on the board first 8-0 with 7:35 in the first quarter, and didn’t hold back.

A few football minutes later, Kaleb Smith turned a seven-yard carry into six more points for the Norsemen, increasing the lead to 16-0 after converting another two-point try.

Suttons Bay would end the half with a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Opie to wide receiver Erik Halversen, making the lead 22-0 Norse.


SUTTONS BAY quarterback Bryce Opie evades defenders during the opening game against Bear Lake. Photo: Richard Piglowski SUTTONS BAY quarterback Bryce Opie evades defenders during the opening game against Bear Lake. Photo: Richard Piglowski Throughout the game, a steady rain fell that forced both offenses to focus on their running attack. Bear Lake was able to rush for 112 yards in the game, but didn’t complete a pass.

“It was a rain game, and the ball was a little slippery,” Suttons Bay coach Garrick Opie said. “We came ready to play in the rain, all of the hard work and practice came together and they showed up to play.”

The second quarter was half way through when Suttons Bay added another score. Smith took the hand-off from Opie and scored on an eight-yard run to make it 30-0 with 5:13 left in the half.

The Norsemen would score twice more, with a 24-yard touchdown run from Opie and a 29-yard touchdown run from Michael Loucks.


BRYCE OPIE starts the cadence against the Bear Lake defense. Photo: Richard Piglowski BRYCE OPIE starts the cadence against the Bear Lake defense. Photo: Richard Piglowski Suttons Bay led Bear Lake at halftime, 44-0 and cruised to the 62-0 victory in the second half.

Smith finished the day with 19 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

“For a fullback, it is rare to see this kind of a performance,” Opie said of Smith. “He’s a strong kid, who ran hard and worked hard for us in the game.”

Mikesell rushed seven times for 55 yards and one touchdown. Loucks carried the bell three times for 38 yards and a score for the Norse. Loucks also added eight tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.

The Suttons Bay defense allowed just 168 all-purpose yards and seven first downs, compared to Suttons Bay’s 10.

Opie completed five of his seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The Norsemen quarterback also had six carries for 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

“Bryce had a balanced game of running and passing on the offense,” Opie said of his son’s debut as quarterback. “I’m sure he wanted to pass more, but we wanted to play it safe with the lead and play to the rain.”

Suttons Bay compiled 254 rushing yards in the game, and aired out 93 yards for a total of 347 yards in the game. The Norse didn’t turn the ball over and forced three sacks on the Bear Lake quarterback.

Penalties weren’t an issue as each team was only penalized three times for 31 yards combined. Opie wants the team to remember this game, and try to play like this the rest of the season.

Opie said the team still made a few mistakes, but he spoke highly of its play.

“We want to continue to play well every game,” Opie said. “We are going through film to sort through the mistakes we made. I’m a realist, but we can always get better and I want to see the guys do everything as close to perfect as possible.”

Suttons Bay

NEXT UP:
Bellaire (1-0)

Suttons Bay will have their home opener of the 2018 fall season, as they host the Bellaire Eagles on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Norsemen have a one win advantage against the Eagles, going 13-12 in the 25 matchups.

The game will take place at 7 p.m.

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