The Northland Pines Eagles Football Team earned themselves their first win of the season against the Gogebic Miners on Friday, September 22, final score 20-14.
Throughout the first half of the game the Eagles defense shut down the Miners offense from scoring. Eagles offense put together multiple drives, but the Miners defense didn’t allow them to capitalize and shut them out of the end zone. At the end of the first half the score was 0-0, forcing both teams to adjust their strategy.
Heading into the second half both teams offensively excelled. The Gogebic Miners scored the first touchdown of the game, however Eagles stopped the conversion. Pines scored a touchdown two minutes later, and the Miners returned the favor and stopped the Eagles conversions. With the score being 6-6, the Miners threw another touchdown, this time with a good two-point conversion. Northland Pines quickly tied up the game again, scoring and converting as well. Heading into the 4th quarter, quarterback Ryan Peterson ran in his third touchdown of the game. Pines couldn’t get the conversion, but Eagles held back the Gogebic Miners from scoring the rest of the game.
For the seniors, this was their last homecoming game playing for Northland Pines. We asked Zack Ciran how he felt about playing in his final Homecoming after the game. He replied, “It was pretty sad, but I’m just so glad that we got the win and it was a whole team effort, and it was a good last homecoming game.”
The team aspect really showed through when sophomore Ryan Peterson was asked about how it felt to start the Homecoming game. He responded with, “It’s all the confidence they have in me, they really boost me up. I just didn’t want my Senior Captains going home 0-6 on Homecoming night.”
This puts Northland Pines Eagles 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the WestPAC Conference. The Eagles face off against the Houghton Gremlins at Houghton, Michigan at 7pm on Friday, September 29th.
*Article by Cailey Coopman