The Hematites rolled into Ford Field hoping for a chance to finish the season undefeated and become State Champions against the also undefeated Hudson Tigers. Unfortunately they came up just short as they fell to the Tigers 28-26 in a very close game that came down to the last few plays.
The Hematites jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter after a 39 yard drive. It wasn’t until the very end of the second quarter where the Tigers ran the ball in with 1:12 left in the half to go up 7-6. The first play of the next drive the Hematites fumbled the ball on a key turnover that allowed the Tigers to jump to a 14-6 lead with only 17 seconds left in the half.
Ishpeming received the ball to start the second half but Tigers intercepted for a second key turnover. The Tigers took the ball on returning drive to the endzone on a pass to go up 21-6 with 6:46 left in the quarter. Ishpeming answered back right away with a touchdown to make it 21-14.
Hudson put themselves up 28-14 with 10:07 to go in the fourth quarter, and then the Hematites started their final comeback. First a pass into the end-zone cut the lead to 28-20. Hudson then turned the ball over on downs the following drive to allow for a final chance for Ishpeming. With under a minute to go an 11 yard touchdown pass put the score at 28-26. The Hematites came up just short though as the two point conversion was no good and Hudson recovered the onside kick.
It was a great season nonetheless for the Ishpeming Hematites as they finish 12-1 for the season and are State Runners-Up.
There is a reception for the players this Sunday on November 28th at 3pm in the New Gym at the Ishpeming High School and donations of food for the reception can be dropped off at the Old Gym anytime after noon.
Coach Olson and some of the players will be on The Big Monday Show on our sister station Sunny 101.9 FM at 6pm.
CLICK HERE to listen to the game.