Ishpeming – When the Hematite football team left the practice field on Monday, the consensus was that it was time to take advantage of the resources around them. Not many schools in the state of Michigan can boast about the fact that they have an option to either play outdoors or indoors.
The Ramblers, who are 10-1 on the season, will travel about six hours for Saturday’s game. For Ishpeming, the focus will be on offense, where the Hematites will line up three All U.P. players at the “talent” positions. Daniel Olson, Gabe Eppert and Wyatt Jurasin will be called upon to put the points on the board.
But head coach Jeff Olson is looking to his defense to make plays in the regional final.
“We’re scoring a lot of points, but our defense is playing great,” said Olson after capturing a district title against Mancelona. ” You’ve got to be able to stop teams when you get further in the playoffs. You’ve got to read your keys and be disciplined.”
In what could be a battle of power against speed, The Hematites look to move on to the semi-finals with a win and face the winner of this weekend’s regional battle between Ravenna and Ubly.
Kickoff is set for 1 PM ET at the Superior Dome and Great Lakes Radio has all the coverage for you, starting at 12:30. Join Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau on your home for Hematite sports, 98.3 WRUP with the pre-game show and all the action.