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Wykons clinch playoff spot with dominant win

West Iron’s Nathan Thomson ran away from Gwinn defenders early and often on his way to three touchdowns as the Wykons clinched a playoff berth with a 39-8 win at Nelson Field.

IRON RIVER—There was a lot riding on the West Iron County football team’s clash against Gwinn on Oct. 18.
    First, the Wykons needed to bounce back quickly from their disappointing shutout loss at Ishpeming the week prior that may have ended their hopes of a West Pac Conference Iron Division championship.
    Second, they needed a victory to guarantee their spot in the playoffs in two weeks.
    And third, at least one home playoff game was on the line as West Iron battles for playoff positioning.
    “You don’t come out and get a win here, that’s the last time the seniors step foot on Nelson Field,” WIC coach Mike Berutti after the Gwinn game. “They’ll never wear that blue jersey again. And I want to think that really means something to them and the way they came out and played, I think it did.”
    Seems like it did as Berutti’s team put together a complete and dominant performance in routing the Modeltowners 39-8 at Nelson Field. With the victory, the UPSSA third-ranked Wykons won their sixth game of the season and put down their marker for a tournament berth.
    Senior lineman Dakota Hawkes is one a few Wykons who will see their third year of playoff action.
    “Just really excited to come back and be able to get to the playoffs with the boys I wanted to be with this year,” he said. “It’s a rush of excitement, honesty, just an all-around good time.”
    Hawkes and his fellow offensive and defensive linemen played a huge roll in West Iron’s comprehensive win. The Wykons (6-2, 5-1 West Pac Iron) outgained Gwinn 295-52 in the opening half in taking a 33-0 lead.

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