The Ishpeming Hemitites continue their bid for a State Championship on a cold Saturday Afternoon at Thirlby Field in Traverse City as they beat the Ravenna Bulldogs in State semifinal Division 7 high school football action.
Ravenna won the coin toss, but deferred to Ishpeming, so the Bulldogs will kick off to the Hemitites to start the game. Ishpeming was unfortunately held to 3 and out. Ravenna took over and was held scoreless on their 1st possession by a tough Ishpeming Defense.
The 1st score of the game came midway through the quarter after Ravenna recovered an Ishpeming fumble and Bulldog DB Nick Timlin ran 46 yards to score the 1st points of the game, and after the extra point kick, Ravenna leads 7-0, and that accounts for all the scoring in the 1st quarter.
The Hemitites Defense kept the pressure on the Bulldogs, with Ishpeming putting it’s 1st points on the scoreboard early in the second after a 69 yard drive, capped by a 54 yard touchdown run by RB Wyatt Jurasin to make it 6-0. The Hemitites then go for the lead as Jurasin runs in for the 2 point conversion to make it 8-0. Then on the next possession, Ishpeming RB Wyatt Jurasin broke free and runs through the Bulldog defense for a 57 yard run to score another 6 for Ishpeming, but Jurasin was stopped short on the 2 point attempt to make the score 14-7 midway through quarter and the Hemiitites hold the lead going into the locker room at the Half.
Ravenna had the chance to win the game with a field goal with 8.6 seconds left in the game; The Bulldogs had the ball in the middle of the field, but tried to sweep around the right side, and were stopped short at the 6 yard line. Ravenna then had a 21 yard field goal attempt, kicking into the wind from the far hash mark, and the Bulldogs missed the FG attempt to give Ishpeming a snap, a knee and the trip to the State Championship in Detroit.
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Ishpeming will take on Hudson, the winner of the Hudson VS Warren Collegiate game. The winners will face off for the State Championship Saturday November 27th at 10am ET at Ford Field in Detroit. Mike Ploude and Bob Neddow will have the call on 98.3 WRUP.