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North Central runs over Ontonagon

Matt McCarthy | Daily News photos North Central’s Fabian Chartier (27) and Luke Gorzinski (11) bring down Ontonagon ball carrier Steven Graff, in the first quarter Friday night at Powers-North Central High School.

POWERS — The North Central Jets have coined ‘every moment, every play’ as their motto for this football season.

North Central, paying close attention to detail in its opener, romped to an 84-6 victory over the Ontonagon Gladiators.

“Coach told us to take every team as the best team,” said North Central senior Fabian Chartier. “We did that and it paid off. A couple weeks ago, we didn’t think we’d have a season (due to Covid-19) and thought all our hard work went for naught. The whole team worked together in the weight room all summer. It was such a relief when we got the text from coach Leo (Gorzinski) and found out we could play after all.

“Their quarterback (junior Jaden Borseth) is a good ballplayer. He was definitely a game-changer, but everybody stepped up and did his job. This is a big confidence builder for us right now.”

Jets’ sophomore QB Luke Gorzinski threw for three touchdowns, ran for two and scored on a 51-yard interception return for a 60-6 advantage late in the second quarter of this Great Lakes Eight West Division contest.

He opened the scoring on a 51-yard keeper around right end and tossed a one-yard cross-grain TD pass to Alex Naser for a 14-0 lead midway through the opening frame.

Gorzinski then ran five yards up the middle for another score and made it 30-0 on a 15-yard pass to Carter Tietz with three minutes, 50 seconds left in the first.

He also threw a 28-yard TD aerial to Luke Kleiman midway through the second stanza.

Gorzinski hit 5-of-6 passes for 87 yards and ran seven times for 163. Alex Naser rushed for 145 yards and TDs of 44 and five yards on just six carries. Wyatt Riley scored on a 78-yard dash and Ian Gorzinski added 76 yards in six attempts.

The Jets collected 590 yards, including 503 on the ground, and limited Ontonagon to 119 yards, including minus-3 on the ground.

“Our offensive and defensive line didn’t let up,” said Jets’ coach Leo Gorzinski. “I know the score makes it look like the game was out of hand, but they’re a good team. Their quarterback has a good arm and No. 20 (junior Tommy Cousineau) had some nice catches. You have to remember our guys are hungry. Nobody likes to see a score like this, but this is the type of game we have to play.”

The Gladiators got on the board in the second quarter on Borseth’s 36-yard pass to Eric Abramson. Borseth was 8-of-25 passing for 122 yards.

Ontonagon also had a scoring chance last in the opening frame when Wyatt McIntyre returned a kickoff to the Jets’ 27-yard line. The Gladiators, however, were unable to cash in.

“We’ve got to work on team chemistry and our line,” said Ontonagon coach Tyler Thomas. “Their line is exceedingly fast. It was a tough match-up for us. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but this is actually much better than we did against them last year.”

North Central hosts North Dickinson for homecoming Sept. 26. Ontonagon visits Stephenson the same day.

Ontonagon 0 6 0 0 — 6

North Central 30 30 8 16 — 84

Total offense — North Central 590 yards (503 rushing, 87 passing; Ontonagon 119 yards (minus-3 rushing, 122 passing).

Rushing — North Central (L. Gorzinski 7-163, Naser 6-145, Riley 1-78, I. Gorzinski 6-76, Casperson 2-38, LaBonte 4-16, Eichmeier 1-minus-1); Ontonagon (S. Graff 8-8, A. Graff 1-minus-2, Cousineau 1-minus-2, Borseth 12-minus-7).

Passing — North Central (L. Gorzinski 5-6, three TDs); Ontonagon (Borseth 8-25, one TD, three interceptions).

Receiving — North Central (I. Gorzinski 2-43, Riley 1-28, Tietz 1-13, Naser 1-1); Ontonagon (Cousineau 5-70, Abramson 1-36, Strasser 1-16, S. Graff 1-0).

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