2018-09-13 / Sports

Norse win close game

by Grant McPherson of the Enterprise staff

Still undefeated.

Suttons Bay (3-0, 2-0 Midwest) continued its winning streak Friday, as they defeated Forest Area (2-1, 0-1 Midwest), 27-20 to remain undefeated.

“Coming into the season we’ve had high expectations,” Suttons Bay quarterback Bryce Opie said. “It’s nice to know that we can get to places we want to be at, and we are just trying to take it one step at a time.”

The Norsemen opened the scoring in the first quarter, as Lucas Mikesell capped off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run to open the scoring at 6-0, Suttons Bay. The two teams traded a few punts, and the first quarter ended, 6-0 Norsemen lead.

Suttons Bay added to its lead, as Opie scored on a 44-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 13-0 after the extra point from Cesar Ramirez. With 9:23 left in the first half, Suttons Bay held a 13-0 lead and continued to look for more.

“First quarter, we did a pretty good job of stopping their power offense,” Suttons Bay defensive back and running back Lucas Mikesell said. “Stan Pasch, our defensive coordinator, had us focus on that all game.”

With 1:25 left in the first half, Erik Halvorsen caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Opie to give the Norsemen a 20-0 lead heading into halftime.

Forest Area got on the board on a two yard run to cut into the Norse lead. The score was 20-6 with just 2:01 left in the third quarter. The Warriors added another touchdown on a 27-yard run to tighten the game at 20-12 with 11:19 remaining in the game.

“Our talk at halftime was not to let them come back,” Mikesell said. “We just came in all easy, but by the end of the game we got more focused and intense.”

Suttons Bay got back on track, as Mikesell scored on a three-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 27-12 with 5:31 remaining in the game.

Forest Area scored a touchdown with 1:45 left in the game on a three-yard touchdown run, to make the score 27-20. Suttons Bay held on to the victory to stay undefeated early on in the season.

“This game was close,” Suttons Bay coach Garrick Opie said. “Forest Area is a very good team, and the game came at a great time in the season for us.”

Opie completed two of his nine pass attempts for 50 yards and one touchdown. He also added nine carries for 64 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Caleb Smith carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards. Camryn Knaub also had a carry for five yards.

Mikesell added 13 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 14 yards. Halvorsen caught one pass for the 36-yard touchdown. Halvorsen also had 24 total tackles in the game.

Alex Aguilar had 17 total tackles, four of them were tackles for losses. Michael Loucks had 14 tackles and Zach Morton added 14 tackles for the Norsemen defense. Smith added nine tackles on defense, and the Suttons Bay defense had two sacks for four yards on the night.

Suttons Bay compiled 362 yards of total offense, and Forest Area had 204 yards of total offense. The Norsemen had 312 rushing yards on the night, and 50 yards through the air.

Suttons Bay had 11 first downs to Forest Area's 12. The Warriors had a sack for five yards, but committed two penalties for 20 yards. Suttons Bay committed five penalties for 33 yards.

“It was a battle of two power teams on the offensive side,” coach Opie said. “I think if teams win by 40 and beyond, they get the case of the wins. This is when you normally lose, but we stayed focused and earned the win.”

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