North Central crushes Rudyard

Burt Angeli | Iron Mountain Daily News North Central quarterback Brady Eichmeier (12) eludes the grasp of Rudyard’s EJ Suggitt in Saturday’s Great Lakes Eight crossover game at Powers.

POWERS – North Central scored 44 points in the first quarter and beat Rudyard 76-8 in a Great Lakes Eight Conference game Saturday.

The tone was set early with the Jets’ Noah Gorzinski returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Hiis two-point conversion run gave North Central an 8-0 lead 13 seconds into the game.

Senior quarterback Brady Eichmier and junior QB/WR Gorzinski split time at the QB position and both led the 600-yard NCHS offensive performance.

Eichmier was 14-17 passing for 225 yards and four touchdowns.

He also caught a touchdown pass and had 44 receiving yards on two receptions.

Gorzinski accounted for six touchdowns and was 10-13 throwing for 181 yards and four scores.

“We were firing on all cylinders today,” said North Central coach Leo Gorzinski.

“From Monday’s practice to game time (Saturday), we are finally playing with the speed and intensity we are supposed to be playing and expecting out of this team.”

Senior receiver Carter Holle caught seven passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns and junior Leo Gorzinski Jr. contributed three catches for 77 yards and a touchdown to lead a balanced Jet offense.

Seven different players scored touchdowns for the Jets.

With no JV game, North Central used some freshman and sophomores.

Two JVs, Alex Naser and Luke Kleiman, scored touchdowns for the Jets.

Rudyard (2-1) came into the game following wins over North Dickinson and Brimley but were without three-year QB starter Dylan Mills.

Mills is out for the season following an injury against Brimley and Bulldogs’ coach Steve Sawyer did not want to use Mills’ absence as an excuse and praised the Jets.

“We didn’t see this coming. This was our worst nightmare seeing big, strong, defensive lineman firing off the ball,” said Sawyer.

“Their physicality, they (North Central) are legit and very good. We saw them on film and we thought we could compete with them. We can’t run our offense if we can’t pull our guards and center.”

Rudyard did not score until the final play of the game with a running clock over the final 24 minutes.

Louie Mayer broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown run and E.J. Suggitt ran in the two-point conversion.

“We will do what we can and move forward,” said Sawyer. “Our goals are to win games and make the playoffs.”

North Central (2-1) opened the season with three home games and is now on the road for four straight contests, next at Ontonagon Friday.

Jets’ coach Gorzinski is pleased with his team and looks forward to the tough stretch ahead.

“The intensity with how we are playing and coming off the ball is improving. We are flying around and playing fast and causing turnovers.”

Score by quarter

Rudyard 0 0 0 8 – 8

North Central 44 20 6 6 – 76

First quarter –

(NC) – Noah Gorzinski, 80 yard kickoff return (Gorzinski run) 11:47)

(NC) – Brady Eichmier, 61 yard pass to Carter Holle (Gorzinski pass to Eichmier) (9:25)

(NC) – Gorzinski. 14 yard pass to Alex Nester (Gorzinski pass to Dalton Hanchek) (7:35)

(NC) – Noah Gorzinski 34 yard pass to Leo Gorzinski (Brien Gronmark kick) (6:24)

(NC) – Noah Gorzinski,24 yard pass to Eichmier (PAT no good) (3:14)

(NC) – Noah Gorzinski, 60 yard run(Gronmark kick) (0:57)

Second quarter –

(NC) Noah Gorzinski, 12 yard pass to Luke Kleiman (Gronmark kick) (9:41) (NC) – Eichmier,14 yard pass to Hanchek (Gronmark kick) (7:57)

(NC) – Eichmier, 32 yard pass to Holle (PAT blocked) (1:14)

Third quarter –

(NC) Hanchek, one yard run (kick missed) (3:29)

Fourth quarter –

(NC) Brady Eichmier, 8 yard pass to Carter Eichmier (kick missed) (5:00)

(R) – Louie Mayer, 60 yard run (E.J. Suggirt run) (0:00).

North Central offense: Passing- Noah Gorzinski 10-13, 181, 4 TDs, Brady Eichmier 14-17, 225, 4 TDs, Rushing- Gorzinski 3-67, Hanchek 4-24, Leo Gorzinski 1-19, Alex Nester 5-10, Brady Eichmier 2-4, Receiving – Carter Holle 7-175, 2 TDs, Leo Gorzinski 3-77, 1 TD, Brady Eichmier 2-44, 1 TD, Carter Eichmier 2-20, 1 TD, Alex Naser 3-32, 1 TD, Hanchek 1-14, 1 TD, Noah Gorzinski 1-12, 1 TD.