Ishpeming thumps WIC in district grid final

West Iron running back Zach Quintero searches for some open space in the Ishpeming defense during the teams’ district final matchup at Ishpeming on Nov. 2. WIC fell 38-0.
ISHPEMING—To do justice to the West Iron County football team’s 2018 season, it is necessary to separate the year as a whole from the team’s final performance.
    In sum, the Wykons had a fine season, winning eight of 11 games, finishing runner-up in the West Pac Conference Iron Division and advancing to a Division 8 district final. In their last game, the Wykons were beaten soundly by a better team and lost their composure in the process.
    West Iron’s season came to a disappointing and discouraging end on Nov. 2 when the Ishpeming Hematites pounded the Wykons 38-0 in Ishpeming. With the win, the Hematites (11-0) advance to host Breckenridge in a regional.
    After a competitive first half that saw Ishpeming take a 16-0 lead into the break, West Iron succumbed to the Hematites’ relentless and explosive running game and then to its own frustration as the Wykons were flagged for five personal foul penalties in the second half alone and six for the game.
    “I thought we played a pretty good first half,” WIC coach Mike Berutti said. “We had our opportunities. So, in the first half, I was very proud of the way the guys played. In the second half, we gave up a (quick) touchdown and we fell apart mentally. And that was disappointing to see.”
    The Wykons were under no illusions heading into the game. Ishpeming had steamrolled most of its opponents this year and came into the game averaging almost 43 points per game. But West Iron’s stout defense entered the game allowing just under 10 points per game and surrendered just 14 points to the Hematites in the regular season contest.

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