Braves blast Miners, 43-0
GLADSTONE — Seinors Darin Johnson and Owen Hansen provided a potent 1-2 offensive punch for the Gladstone Braves Friday night as they blanked the Negaunee Miners 43-0 in a Mid-Peninsula Conference football game.
Johnson ran for 139 yards on four touchdowns on 11 carries. Hansen added 132 and a score, also on 11 carries.
“Darin can do a lot out there,” said Braves’ coach Jeff Hansen. “He has the ability to make something out of nothing. He’s a dual threat. He makes things happen with his legs and arm. He also creates a lot of big plays. Owen played very physical on both sides of the ball. He was the thunder to Darin’s lightning.”
Gladstone’s defense also carried its share of the load, limiting the Miners to 121 yards in total offense.
“Negaunee has a quality program,” said coach Hansen. “Anytime you can hold a Negaunee team to zero points, it’s absolutely a tribute to your defense. The kids know their jobs. Anytime you play defense like that, you’re going to win a lot of games.”
Gladstone (3-0 overall and M-PC) opened the scoring with 52.8 seconds left in the first quarter when Owen Hansen broke off right tackle on a 55-yard dash up the middle.
The Braves made it 14-0 with 5:33 left in the second when Johnson broke several tackles and slipped around left end for a 25-yard score.
With 2:14 remaining in the second stanza, junior defensive end Cooper Cavadeas tipped a pass, then intercepted it and scampered 18 yards for a 20-0 advantage.
Johnson added a seven-yard TD up the middle and a 57-yard score on a keeper around left end in the third frame, then concluded the scoring on a quarterback sneak midway through the fourth.
The Braves finished with 362 yards in total offense. They rushed for 283 and Johnson completed 5-of-9 passes for 79.
“They (Gladstone) have good athletes,” said Negaunee coach Paul Jacobson. “We had some bright spots in the second half. Some of our young guys are showing a competitive spirit. They’re going to be good.”
Negaunee (0-3 overall, 0-2 league), comprised mainly of juniors and sophomores, gained 94 yards on the ground, with senior fullback Jake Hill leading the way with 57 on 10 carries.
Sophomore QB Jason Waterman was 6-of-9 passing for 27 yards and an interception.
“This is the second time in 26 years I’ve had a sophomore quarterback,” said Jacobson. “He’s going to be good. We just have to be patient.”
Negaunee 0 0 0 0 — 0
G — Hansen, 55-yard run (Charlebois kick), :52.8
G — Johnson, 25-yard run (Charlebois kick), 5:33
G — Cavadeas, 18-yard interception return (kick failed), 2:14
G — Johnson, 7-yard run (Charlebois kick), 3:41
G — Johnson, 57-yard run (Johnson pass to Husbye), 1:48
G — Johnson, 1-yard run (Johnson run), 6:18
Total offense — Gladstone 362 yards (283 rushing, 79 passing); Negaunee 121 yards (94 rushing, 27 passing)
Rushing — Gladstone (Johnson 11-139, Hansen 11-132, Stenson 1-9, Husbye (2-2); Negaunee (Jake Hill 10-57, Williams 7-23, Brewer 3-12, Anderson 1-8, Etelamaki 4-7, Jon Hill 2-5, Mattson 1-minus-2, Waterman 8-minus-16).
Passing — Gladstone (Johnson 5-9); Negaunee (Waterman 6-9, one INT).
Receiving — Gladstone (Husbye 2-34, Downey 1-17, Demeuse 1-15, Stenson 1-13); Negaunee (Mattson 1-9, Marcotte 2-9, DuShane 1-5, Jake Hill 1-5, Ennett 1-minus-1).