Wykons off to semis for first time since ‘77

West Iron’s Austin Persson breaks through the Frankfort line for another big gain during West Iron’s 35-20 win during the regional finals at Nelson Field on Nov. 11. Persson scored three touchdowns.

IRON RIVER—Forty teams have represented West Iron County High School on football fields across the Upper Peninsula since 1977. Forty years of moms and dads and all kinds of other family members, friends and fans at large cheering and sometimes agonizing over the fates of the football Wykons.
    Forty seasons of players have laced up cleats and pulled on some version of blue uniforms hoping to ascend to the lofty heights that the 1977 team under legendary coach Charles Greenlund did when the Wykons last advanced to the final four in a class or division of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state football tournament.
    Now, the wait for the next semifinal qualifier is over, for the 2017 Wykons have entered that rarified air.
    The Wykons did so on a frigid Saturday afternoon with a wild, bizarre and ultimately exhilarating 35-20 triumph over Frankfort in a Division 8 regional championship game at snow-covered Nelson Field on Nov. 11.

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