2018-09-13 / Sports

Lakers route Ironmen for first win of the season

by Grant McPherson of the Enterprise staff


JONATHAN WRIGHT stiff arms a Mancelona defender trying to make the tackle. JONATHAN WRIGHT stiff arms a Mancelona defender trying to make the tackle. Glen Lake earned its first victory of the season Friday, as the Lakers made a big statement against the Mancelona Ironmen.

Glen Lake (1-2, 1-0 Northern Michigan Football League) defeated Mancelona (1-2, 0-1 Northern Michigan Football League) 48-0, as Reese Hazelton stepped in for the injured Joey Fosmore and helped lead the Lakers to victory.

“I think its good for the kids,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said. “It shows them how good they can be, and I’m proud of our kids in how they played and prepared this week.”

The Lakers opened the contest with a kickoff and held the Mancelona offense to a three and out on its first drive. Glen Lake took over, and Hazelton took the offense down the field against the smaller team. Hazelton took a read option play 53-yards into the end zone to give the Lakers the early 7-0 lead. Drew Peterson took over the kicking duties with Fosmore on the sidelines, and added the extra point.


LUCAS MIKESELL, 24, blocks his man so Caleb Smith can gain yards on the ground against the Forest Area defense. Photo: Richard Piglowski LUCAS MIKESELL, 24, blocks his man so Caleb Smith can gain yards on the ground against the Forest Area defense. Photo: Richard Piglowski Glen Lake forced another punt from Mancelona on their next drive, and the Lakers drove down the field once again. Glen Lake scored a four-yard touchdown on a run from Jonathan Wright to extend the lead to 14-0.

The Lakers defense was terrorizing the Mancelona offense, as they allowed just 93 yards rushing. The Ironmen didn’t complete a single pass, and finished with zero passing yards.

Hazelton scored a second rushing touchdown on a 22-yard scramble to end the first quarter with a 21-0 lead.

“Reese did some really great things for us today,” Angers said. “Joey probably could’ve played tonight, but we have to look at the future. Reese played really well tonight.”

The Glen Lake offense opened the second quarter with a long drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Hazelton to Justin Bonzelet to extend the lead to 28-0.

“You get a connection like that between two players,” Angers said. “We have people that we need to step up and Bonzie (Bonzelet) stepped up. He’s a pretty good football player and we have to continue to push and get better.”

The 6’6” 190 pound junior found the end zone again with a nine-yard touchdown run near the end of the first half to take a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Glen Lake held down the Mancelona offense again, and scored a 42-yard touchdown pass from Hazelton to Bonzelet. Peterson missed the extra point, but the Lakers extended the lead to 41-0 late in the third quarter.

“We were just running downhill all game,” Glen Lake quarterback Reese Hazelton said. “We were making plays, strong up front and just an all-around good game from all of us.”

Jacob Pleva took over in the backfield for the fourth quarter of the game, and scored a 14-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the game away, 48-0.

Hazelton completed all four of his pass attempts, compiling 100 yards and two touchdowns in the start. Hazelton added four rushes, running for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Both of his passing touchdowns were caught by Bonzelet.

“We were on JV together last year,” Hazelton said. “He was my main guy so it was good to have him out there with me.”

Wright carried the ball nine times for 115 yards and a touchdown. Pleva added six carries for 66 yards and a touchdown for the Lakers. Rolli Charpentier carried the ball four times for 31 yards.

Bonzelet caught three passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson added a catch for seven yards. Peterson also had three tackles and assisted on another.

“It’s amazing to get the first win,” Hazelton said. “We’ve been working so hard and it feels nice to have the hard work pay off in the game.”

Pleva had seven tackles and assisted on three tackles for the Glen Lake defense. Hunter Case had seven tackles and assisted on another. JJ Bradford had six tackles, and Charpentier added three tackles. He also assisted on a tackle and had an interception.

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