Wykons celebrate ‘exciting’ day with decisive victory
West Iron wingback Nathan Thomson uses a block from Dakota Hawkes to find the edge around Gogebic defender Griffen McLaughlin during the Wykons’ 45-20 thrashing of the Miners on Homecoming at Nelson Field on Sept. 28.
IRON RIVER—Homecoming football games are nearly always an enjoyable time for high schools, from the float contests to the homecoming court to the game and to the festivities afterward.
At West Iron this year, the celebration included the “Painting the Peninsula Pink” activities to raise funds for breast health expenses. Add in a spectacular early fall day and a dominating 45-20 victory over Gogebic and the day was complete.
“It was a good day,” WIC coach Mike Berutti reflected afterward. “I’m very happy for the kids and it was an exciting time for our kids and our school and our community with (Painting) the Peninsula Pink. Jim LaJoie (Superior Health Foundation executive director) said it was the best they’ve ever had.”
Superior Health Foundation, along with presenting sponsor Shamco Inc., presented the annual tradition at West Iron Schools this fall. Pink items like T-shirts were seen throughout the crowd and the football players wore pink jerseys, which were auctioned off after the game.
Concerning the West Pac Conference crossover football game, the UPSSA small-school second-ranked Wykons (4-1) controlled the game from the outset. West Iron took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards on seven plays in just over three minutes to get a step up on the Miners (0-5).
Senior wingback Noah Lewis picked up 34 yards on three carries on the drive, including a 3-yard score as West Iron established its perimeter running game immediately.
“I thought that our guards did a very good job getting out when they were pulling and (center) Harrison Hogenmiller did an amazing job of taking care of their nose guard because last week (in a 14-0 loss to Calumet) that was a big problem because the nose guard would shoot and get the guards legs,” Lewis explained. “So this week we put Harrison to block him and he helped out a lot.”
Nathan Thomson, the other Wykon wingback, also ran for 23 yards on a sweep during the march. In all, the two West Iron wingbacks combined for 102 yards on 13 carries (7.8 average) in the game.