Munising gridders top St. Ignace for first win of season

By Journal Sports Staff

ST. IGNACE — After coming up short in its season opener last week, the Munising football team broke through Saturday afternoon against St. Ignace.

The Mustangs broke an 8-8 tie with a touchdown late in the second quarter and used a second half touchdown run from quarterback Alec Blank to defeat the Saints 20-8.

The win was Munising’s first of the season and the Mustangs also fixed the mental errors that hurt them against Westwood in their Week 1 matchup.

“We played much better and did a great job cleaning up our mistakes,” Munising head coach Jeff Seaberg said. “We played hard from the start and controlled the line of scrimmage too. That’s something we didn’t do last week.”

The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first on a 9-yard touchdown run from Blank with 8:33 remaining in the first quarter. Munising also picked up the 2-point conversion after Blank connected with Clayton Smith in the end zone.

After St. Ignace tied the score early in the second quarter, Munising took the lead again on a 2-yard touchdown run by Mason Schieding with 4:02 remaining. The 2-point try was no good and the Mustangs took a 14-8 advantage into the half.

Late in the third quarter, the Mustangs padded their lead with Blank’s second touchdown of the day. This time, the senior signal-caller scored on a 18-yard run. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good, but Munising kept the Saints at bay for the rest of the game.

The Mustangs finished with 220 yards rushing and were led by Christian Cole, who had 155 yards on 25 carries. Blank was 5 for 8 passing for 57 yards and linebacker Matthew Revord finished with 14 tackles.

Munising plays its home opener Friday against Lake Linden-Hubbell.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.