2018-09-06 / Sports

Glads run past Lakers behind strong offense

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


JONATHAN WRIGHT looks for open space against the Traverse City St. Francis defense. JONATHAN WRIGHT looks for open space against the Traverse City St. Francis defense. Friendly banter before the game, opponents on the field.

Traverse City St. Francis (2-0) made the trip Friday to Glen Lake (0-2) and defeated the Lakers, 50-12. No matter the final score, Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said he is proud of his team.

“The score doesn’t dictate what the whole game was about,” Angers said. “All I know is my kids grew up from one week to the next and they got 10 times better. They’ll do the same thing next week, they’ll get 10 times better.”

St. Francis opened the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.

The Glads would add the extra point to take the 7-0 lead. Glen Lake would make defensive stands, but couldn’t get anything going on offense.

The Glads completed a 49-yard touchdown pass and add the extra point at the beginning of the second quarter to extend the lead to 14-0. Glen Lake’s defense would tighten up, and the score would hold at 14-0 at halftime.


GLEN LAKE football coach Jerry Angers raises his hands in excitement after his team scores a touchdown with no time remaining in the game. GLEN LAKE football coach Jerry Angers raises his hands in excitement after his team scores a touchdown with no time remaining in the game. “The kids played hard, and I can’t fault them for that,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said of his team. “They left it all out on the table and it was just fun watching them.”

At the start of the second half, the Glads turned the intensity up. St. Francis scored a two-yard rushing touchdown and add the extra point for a 21-0 lead. The Glads would add a nine-yard touchdown pass and a twopoint conversion to increase the lead to 29-0.

“This week we kind of played against ourselves, and next week we might play against ourselves a little again,” Angers said. “We’re just trying to go week to week and trying to make progress.”


REESE HAZELTON airs the ball out Friday against the Traverse City St. Francis defense. REESE HAZELTON airs the ball out Friday against the Traverse City St. Francis defense. St. Francis scored again on a fiveyard touchdown run and add the twopoint conversion to make the score 36-0. The Glads would add another rushing touchdown to cap off a 29-point third quarter against the Lakers.

During the third quarter, Glen Lake starting quarterback Joey Fosmore suffered a foot injury and had to be taken out of the game. The 6’6” 190 pound Reese Hazelton entered the game, and would quarterback the team the remainder of the game.

Glen Lake would get on the board wtih a 19-yard touchdown scramble from Hazelton. The Lakers would fail the two-point conversion, but get on the board with the score 43-6.

“We’ve been down this road before,” Angers said. “Things have always turned themselves around so we’re just going to continue to get better.”

St. Francis added one more touchdown on a 13-yard run and add the extra point to make the score 50-6. Glen Lake took the remaining 1:25 of game time to go down the field and score on a rushing touchdown by Hazelton. The clock hit zero as Hazelton fell into the end zone.

“We’re fighting to end,” Angers said of the late score. “I was going to go for two. That’s what these kids are showing you, they are not going to give up. We could’ve easily folded up the tent, but they didn’t. They said we are going to keep playing and fighting.”

Fosmore completed six of his nine passes for 24 yards and an interception. He also added 16 rushing yards on eight carries before leaving the game with his injury.

Hazelton came into the contest and completed four of 12 passes for 106 yards and an interception. He also added 21 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Glen Lake offense.

Jonathan Wright led Glen Lake in rushing, as he carried the ball 11 times for 76 yards in the game. Drew Peterson led the team in receiving, as he caught three passes for 59 yards. Xavier Griffiths caught two passes for 53 yards. Griffiths also ran the ball twice for nine yards.

The Glen Lake defense allowed 415 total yards, 316 of them came on the ground from the Glads. Glen Lake did force an early fumble from the Glads, but also turned the ball over twice on two interceptions. The Lakers continue to struggle against St. Francis, but Angers is still proud of the effort the tam gave in the game.

“I’m just really proud of the team,” Angers said after addressing the team in the post-game circle. “This was of them becoming we, and we grew up a ton from last week. Whether it was our play, our character, or our brotherhood, we are going to continue to get better, and that’s what I’m most proud of the team for.”

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