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Emeralds fall short in 24-22 loss to Miners

MANISTIQUE — Senior Schyler Andersen ran for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns here Friday night, but it wasn’t quite enough to prevent the Manistique Emeralds from dropping a 24-22 football decision to the Negaunee Miners.

Anderson scored on a 65-yard dash just three minutes into this WestPAC crossover match-up and gave the Emeralds a 15-0 lead on a two-yard run early in the second quarter.

Jason Waterman pulled the Miners within 15-8 on a three-yard run late in the second frame. The Miners then took a 16-15 lead just 12 second before halftime.

A five-yard run by Waterman put Negaunee up 24-15 in the third frame before Anderson concluded the scoring on a two-yard run two minutes into the fourth.

“Schyler is the type of guy who pulls things together,” said Emeralds’ coach Todd Kangas. “I thought we played hard. I’m proud of our team for how hard they played. Our skilled guys are pretty decent and the younger guys on the line are coming around, which is all we can expect. Negaunee does things they traditionally do and they do it well. We’ve got to be ready for what they do.

“On the last play, we had a guy open and we kind of overthrew him. We’re getting a little closer to turning the corner.”

The Emeralds (1-3) travel to Westwood Friday while Negaunee (2-2) hosts top-ranked Ishpeming.

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