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North junior quarterback Daniel Robinson runs for a big gain in the Norsemen’s MAC Blue win over L’Anse Creuse. Photos by Paul Kania
September 12, 2013
Aside from two uncanny moments for the opposition, Grosse Pointe North’s football team was in total control as it rumbled over the L’Anse Creuse Lancers to the tune of 35-14 last weekend.

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North senior defensive back Andrew Lock forces an incomplete pass.
North had a 44 carries as a team, with a total of 292 yards on the ground, led by senior running back Tod Long, who had 18 carries and 103 yards and two TDs.

“They were bringing guys in,” said head coach Frank Sumbera, “So we ran it. We ran it well. Our passing game was a little off, but that can be cleaned up.”

The game couldn’t have started any better for the green and gold as L’Anse Creuse’s Fred Matthews fumbled on the Lancers’ first play, and it was recovered by North senior Andrew Lock.

The very next play, Long took the ensuing carry 23 yards for the first touchdown of the game.

Long’s next carry was not as great, as he carried the ball 10 yards before coughing up the ball in a pile up in their own territory, which L’Anse Creuse recovered. However, they were unable to turn it into points.

The score stayed the same going into the second quarter, until North methodically worked the ball down the field.

Junior quarterback Daniel Robinson found senior Scott Linington in the middle for a big gain.

Linington, listed at 6-feet even, jumped over Lancers’ Max Cook, who stands at 6-feet, 3-inches, to make a stellar catch into L’Anse Creuse’s red zone.

Lawrence Bryant carried the ball into the end zone from a yard away to make it 14-0.

North would go on to add another touchdown before the half, thanks to an 11-yard scamper by Robinson.

L’Anse Creuse would finally get on the board as Trevon Boswell would go on to return the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.

North’s coverage got a little sloppy, and the scat back Boswell bounced through a hole and got down the sideline.

The Lancers nearly added more points as the Norsemen’s Odell Snyder fumbled the kickoff right to Lancers’ Nick Humphries. But North flexed muscle forcing negative yards before taking a knee to end the half.

North’s fans knew the game was in their teams hands when their punter Bradley Centala was going to kick the ball deep in their territory, but he dropped the ball, but had enough time to pick it up, and scamper 15 yards on a 4th-and-12 for a first down.

“That was a big play,” chuckled Sumbera. “It helped with momentum.”

With an extra chance, Robinson would connect with Lock on a 33-yard pass to help set up their next touchdown, which was Robinson rolling left and scampering in from 23 yards out.

North would add one more score from Long in the 4th quarter as he plunged in from five yards out.

North would have held L’Anse Creuse to 77 total offensive yards, but with 1:42 yards left in the game, one of the more interesting and uncanny plays you’ll ever see happened.

L’Anse Creuse running back Jerret Reynolds received a hand off and weaved left to right through the offensive and defensive line. Reynolds fumbled the ball without contact before grabbing it back up, and scampering 63 yards down the field.

Elijah Richardson plowed into the end zone from four yards out to make it final.

Robinson went 5-for-7 for 87 yards, and added six carries for 42 yards, while being sacked four times.

Maurice Dunlap carried seven times for 61 yards and Bryant added 25 yards (on seven carries) to go with his touchdown, as well as an interception caught while playing defense.

Snyder carried one time for 25 yards, as well as contributing six tackles, and an interception on a Lancers’ trick play.

Sumbera was optimistic about his team’s play.

“Overall, our QB played well, our OL blocked well...(L’Anse Creuse) is a good team, who had a hiccup against a tough Anchor Bay team last week, but a good team...Scoring early helped a lot, too. That fumble didn’t help us, but we stopped them. We held ball possession all game, and played great defense.”

Next week, the 2-0 Norsemen face a rematch with L’Anse Creuse North, with whom they lost to 7-6 in a heartbreaking fashion.

“We scored a touchdown, but missed the extra point, and they came down and scored,scored, then won.” said Sumbera, somberly. “We gotta play hard. We need to. We also need to look out for the pass.”

That is true, as they threw the ball 39 times in their week 1 game, a 42-34 win over Warren Cousino, and last weekend the Crusaders beat Grosse Pointe South 39-37 with a touchdown on the final play of the game.

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