Calumet near perfect in 43-6 rout of Wykons

IRON RIVER—At least three more visiting football teams are going to suit up to face the West Iron County Wykons at Nelson Field this year. It’s hard to imagine that any are going to look as impressive as Calumet.
    After a tight, spirited and hard-hitting first quarter, the Copper Kings scored the final 35 points of the game to roar past the Wykons 43-6 in a battle of West Pac Conference rivals.
    The game pitted the top-ranked team in the large school poll of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association against the second-ranked squad in the small school poll. It was the former that dominated play and stayed unbeaten on the season.
    “Let’s face it, that was a good football team,” WIC coach Mike Berutti said. “They have some good athletes. And that was our first challenge of the year, I really believe. And, uh, sometimes that happens.”
    The Copper Kings (4-0) scored on all six of their possessions and never turned the ball over. Running its traditional I-formation-based offense, Calumet dominated the line of scrimmage and used its athletes to keep West Iron (3-1) on its heels the entire night.
    Senior quarterback Brent Loukus threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the visitors to the victory. He opened the scoring on the first drive of the game when he hit fellow senior Matt Ojala on a 14-yard pass on fourth-and-six.
    Loukus set up the score with a 25-yard run on the second play of the game, prompting a visibly angry Berutti to call a quick timeout.

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