MARQUETTE – Mother Nature ruined Ishpeming’s idea of playing at the Ishpeming Playgrounds Friday night, but the Hematites felt right at home at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
Behind two rushing touchdowns from Ozzy Corp and another scamper for six by Ozzie Hakkarinen, The Hematites defeated Traverse City Saint Francis, 22-13. Ishpeming controlled the game in the trenches according to head coach Jeff Olson.
“Our kids just played physical,” said Olson after the game. “We can’t say enough about our offensive and defensive line.”
The Hematites held onto the football for more than 33 of the game’s 48 minutes. Ishpeming advances to the MHSAA Division 7 State Semifinals next week against Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary. The game date, time, and location has yet to be determined.