Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gaylord 1-1 at Petoskey 2-0

By Jeremy Speer • Sports Editor

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LAST WEEK: Cheboygan 32, Gaylord 22; Petoskey 24, Ogemaw Heights 15

LAST YEAR: Petoskey 55, Gaylord 35

SERIES: Petoskey leads 32-21-1

OUTLOOK: Gaylord made some strides Friday against Cheboygan, but it still wasn’t enough to provide a win. It will be a challenge this week too, as they have to visit the Big North Conference favorite.


In the words of Petoskey News-Review sports editor Andy Sneddon: “Petoskey returns seven starters on offense and six on defense. This is by far the best Petoskey team I’ve seen since covering them for eight years.”

The Northmen, however, have battled early injury problems. Returning quarterback Hunter Keiswetter will miss his third-straight game, as Mike Pattullo will again relieve. Also, top running back James Proctor sat out the Ogemaw Heights game with an injury, and Kelsey Heinrich filled in nicely. Back and rolling is running back Mike Suter, who leads the team with 165 yards rushing. The top players for the Northmen on defense are ends Vince DeAgostino and Nick Moore and middle linebacker Hayden Swenor.


The Single Wing moved the football last week, as evidenced by running touchdowns by Joey Zaborowski, Kelton Hervela and Geoff Roney and a nice throw from Jake Cuca to Trent Donker. Four turnovers, however, were the ultimate culprits in the loss. Gaylord cannot throw three interceptions with this offense. Defensively, Cuca had a nice game against the Chiefs, as he picked off a pair of passes.


These teams are very similar in their offensive philosophy — Petoskey runs the double wing and Gaylord uses the single wing. The Northmen, however, are the team with the momentum.


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