SAULT STE. MARIE-The Alpena football team fell to 0-2 on the season after a 46-10 loss to Sault on Friday on the road.
After a scoreless first quarter, Sault scored three times in the second quarter to take a 20-10 lead into halftime. Alpena's points in the first half came on a 25-yard field goal by Riley Garant and a 32-yard touchdown pass from Brady Marwede to Tyler Szatkowski.
The Blue Devils added two touchdowns in each of the final two quarters.
The Alpena boys and girls cross country teams both took first place at the Dwayne Rau Memorial Invitational on Thursday at Ogemaw Heights. Jacob Benson was first place overall boys finisher and three Alpena runners finished in the top five in the girls’ race.
Marwede was 9-of-22 passing for 140 yards and Ashton Dever had 101 rushing yards on 11 carries. Kaleb Smith had 76 receiving yards on five catches and Matt Hamel added 64 yards on four catches.
Six different players scored for the Blue Devils, including Michael James who scored on touchdown runs of seven and 32 yards.
Sault was powerful on the ground with Austin Brown leading the way with 147 yards on 14 touches. Ray'Nell Anderson had 87 yards on eight carries and Root added 78 yards on 14 touches.
Alpena's JV team beat Sault 49-20 led by three touchdown passes from Tyler Pintar. Josh Bell scored two receiving touchdowns and Dylan Hoes, Ben Manning and Shane Trafalet each had a rushing touchdown.
Alpena's freshman football team also beat the Blue Devils 27-14. Jared Campbell led the Wildcats with two rushing touchdowns.
Alpena teams both take firsts in at Ogemaw
WEST BRANCH-The Alpena boys and girls cross country teams overcame hot temperatures on Thursday to bring home first-place team finishes at the Dwayne Rau Memorial Invitational at Ogemaw Heights.
The Alpena boys finished with 31 points, ahead of second-place Gaylord at 38 points and third-place Beaverton at 105.
Jacob Benson paced the field at 17:55 and was followed closely by Elisha Martin, who finished third at 18:05. RJ Centala was right behind Martin in fourth place at 18:34.
Other finishers for the Alpena boys were: Nevin McHarg (9th, 19:00); Ben Diamond (14th, 19:24); Kolin Ghidoni at 20:18 and Ryan Wirgau at 20:55.
The Wildcats' girls team took three of the top five spots, with Elaine Lowe taking second (21:06), Kelsey Lewis taking third (21:20) and Racheal McDonald finishing fifth (21:50).
Other finishers for the Alpena girls included: Christine Burke (16th, 23:51) and Hannah MacDonald (24:44).
The Alpena girls finished with 47 points, ahead of second-place Saginaw Heritage at 52 points and third-place Gaylord at 71.