Negaunee, Michigan – Thursday, October 18, 2018 – It was a rough season-ending night in Negaunee as the Negaunee Miners fell to the Westwood Patriots 44-0 in a battle for a spot in the playoffs. Mark Evans and Gregg Nelson were in Negaunee to bring all of the pre-playoff action to 101.9 SunnyFM.
The first quarter started with a kick from Negaunee’s Erik Salminen to Westwood. Not long after the kick, Westwood’s Ashton Bergman drove in a 66-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, bringing the Patriots to an early 8-0 lead over the Miners. The Miners went on to move the ball well but were unable to answer back with a touchdown of their own. Westwood’s Taylor Dellangelo then went on to score a touchdown, with which the two-point conversion was good, bringing the first-quarter score to a 16-0 Patriots lead going into the second.
The football was in Westwood’s possession as the second quarter began. The Patriots showed no sign of slowing down, with Westwood’s Jacob Adriano scoring a touchdown on a 14-yard catch. The conversion was good, bringing Westwood to a 24-0 lead over Negaunee. The Miners gained some yardage as the quarter wound down, but were unable to make any magic happen. The score remained 24-0 with Westwood taking into halftime.
Negaunee took the second-half kick to begin the third quarter. The Miners were unable to score, turning the ball over on downs. After going back and forth with possession for a majority of the quarter, Westwood’s Nathan Beckman went on to score a 15-yard touchdown with three minutes left in the quarter. The conversion on this brought the score to 32-0. Negaunee tried to get on the board but were unable to as the quarter came to a close. The score remained at 32-0 with the Patriots in the lead going into the fourth.
Unfortunately, the game went into running-clock relatively early in the fourth quarter as Westwood’s Ashton Bergman scored his second touchdown of the night, bringing them to a 38-0 lead over the Miners. Then, with a little more than six minutes to go in the game, Westwood’s Troy Anderson scored another one, bringing the score to 44-0. The kick on this was missed, ending the game with a final Westwood lead of 44-0 over the Miners.
The Negaunee Miners ended their season with a 5-4 record. Great job, Miners! Also, congratulations to Nathan Beckman and Ashton Bergman, MI Internet’s Players of the Game, and good luck to the Westwood Patriots as they move on to the playoffs. Stay tuned for Negaunee basketball, coming soon to 101.9 Sunny.FM!
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