ISHPEMING — The Hematites took down New Lothrop on Saturday 22–14 at the Dome in front of what looked like the entire Upper Peninsula. Afterwards, the team talked about the game and what it means to be back at Ford Field.
“That is a fantastic team we just played. They had beefed up their schedule this year. They haven’t been tested all year. They scored over 500 points and only gave up 60–some. So for us to hold them, play defense the way we did, it was phenomenal. A team like that is going to get some drives but we stopped what they wanted to do. They wanted to run the ball. When you take their heart and soul, stop what they wanted to do. They got a few passes on us but it was a phenomenal effort by our guys,” head coach Jeff Olson said.
“I can’t describe it. For the last couple of years, I wasn’t a really big part of the team. I was special teams my junior year and then just brought up my sophomore year and we’re so happy to do it ourselves. I don’t know. I can’t explain it. It’s crazy,” said offensive lineman Matt Malone.
“It’s the best feeling in the world. There’s nothing better than being able to play on the Lions’ field. That’s just the best feeling in the world,” wide receiver Nick Comment said.
“We’re very hungry. We want to get back down there. Everyone has a bad taste in their mouth and we’re ready to play them,” said quarterback Ozzy Corp.
Ishpeming will face Pewamo–Westphalia this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ford Field in Detroit. We will make the trip with the Hematites this weekend and hopefully they can bring home another state title.