Monday, October 29, 2007

Maroons win prep playoff

Maroons, Calumet win prep playoff games

ESCANABA — Even though coach Ken Hofer was restricted to the press box Saturday, the Menominee Maroons had no problem opening defense of their Division 5 state championship.

The Maroons overwhelmed Manistee 53-7 in the pre-district game. Menominee (10-0) will host Elk Rapids (8-2) Saturday for the district title.

Hofer sustained a broken leg Tuesday at practice and had surgery Sunday to repair the injury. Hofer has been coaching 41 years and is 289-114-2.

The Maroons collected 393 yards, with 337 coming on the ground. Fullback Matt Eisenzoph ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns in just six carries and tailback Ethan Shaver ran for 131 yards and three scores in nine carries. Shaver also passed for a touchdown.

Reid Voorheis had a 31-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and finished with 95 yards for the Chippewas (6-4).

In Division 6 Saturday, Calumet belted Boyne City 34-7. The Copper Kings (7-3) will visit Iron Mountain (9-1) for the district title game.

Quarterback Emmett Bjorne ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns and Emmett Heine added two TDs. Host Boyne City was held to 90 yards rushing.

Seven U.P. teams won opening games Friday to reach district title contests this weekend.

Sault Ste. Marie (9-1) will host Mt. Pleasant (7-3) in Division 3, Kingsford (7-3) will visit Ogemaw Heights (8-2) in Division 4, Ishpeming (7-3) visits Stephenson (7-3) in Division 7 and in Division 8, Crystal Falls Forest Park (9-1) hosts L’Anse (9-1) and Cedarville (10-0) hosts Central Lake (9-1).

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