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FP pounds Gladiators as playoffs beckon

Sophomore Tim McKissack (2) hits a hole in the Ontonagon defense during the Trojans’ final game of the regular season. FP hammered the Gladiators 52-6 at Dick Mettlach Field.

CRYSTAL FALLS—Going in, there appeared to be little suspense as to how Forest Park’s regular-season finale against Ontonagon would shake out. The Trojans had established themselves as one of the top teams in the U.P. in 8-man football while the Gladiators had won just one game and had been outscored by an average of 43 points per game.
    The expected lopsided result came to fruition as third-ranked Forest Park hammered Ontonagon 52-6 in a game that could have easily been even more one-sided. The Trojans scored six touchdowns in the first quarter alone and were able to insert their reserves into the game early.
    “We approached this game like any other game,” FP coach Dave Graff said. “We want to execute like we can execute and play to our level. And so we were just looking more for execution than a big victory or anything like that.”
    The Trojans (7-2, 3-1 Great Lakes Eight Conference West) started the first-quarter barrage with a 19-yard run by quarterback Tommy Peltoma. CJ Post followed with a 13-yard burst before Peltoma added a 20-yard fumble recovery return to put FP up 22-0.
    Peltoma then connected with Tommy Showers on a 47-yard touchdown pass, Timmy Bendick ran in from 24 yards after recovering a fumble and Sam McKissack scored on a 36-yard run followed by a two-point conversion by Vincent Curtis.
    After 12 minutes, the Trojans had already built a 46-0 advantage.

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