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Norsemen beat Crusaders, 33-21

North's Lawrence Bryant, No. 6, and Jon Bevier, No. 42, tackle a L'Anse Creuse North runner short of a first down on a fourth-and-one play in the second quarter. photo by Paul Kania.

September 19, 2013
Two undefeated football teams met last weekend when Grosse Pointe North hosted L'Anse Creuse North.

Both teams were 2-0 last year when they met at LCN and a missed extra point was the difference in the Norsemen's 7-6 loss.

This time around the Norsemen's offense was on its game and the defense made several timely stops as the home team won 33-21.

"It was a great effort on both sides of the ball for us," head coach Frank Sumbera said. "Our defensive coordinator, Charlie Kaiser, had a nice game plan against a good quarterback who throws 50 times a game.

"We had some stops on fourth down and controlled the ball on offense to help us win a big game. We lost this game last year and the guys didn't want it to happen again."

Quarterback Dan Robinson led the offensive charge, completing 10-of-11 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.

Tod Long rushed for 125 yards on 28 carries, plus caught three passes for 38 yards.

Andrew Lock led the receivers with five catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. He had no trouble running down the middle of the field against a poor Crusaders defense.

Martice Dunlap had one catch, which resulted in a 76-yard touchdown and Sal Ciaravino had one catch for 2 yards.

The Crusaders took the opening possession and scored a touchdown and the Norsemen scored on their first possession when Robinson ran 33 yards for a touchdown. Brad Centala kicked the extra point, tying the game 7-7.

It looked like LCN would take the lead, driving into the Norsemen's red zone on the ensuing possession. On fourth-and-goal, Odell Snyder tipped away a pass, turning the ball over on downs.

The Norsemen took over and two 25-yard pass plays from Robinson to Lock put them in position to score. With 3:29 left in the second quarter, Robinson hit Lock for an 8-yard TD pass, but the PAT was blocked.

The defense held again on a fourth-and-one play when Lawrence Bryant and Jon Bevier tackled a Crusader runner for no gain.

In the third quarter, Robinson threw a 76-yard TD pass to Dunlap, making it 19-7, and Robinson threw another scoring pass, 49 yards to Lock with 3:50 left. This second score gave the Norsemen a 25-13 lead.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson scored on a 3-yard run and Long ran in for the two-point conversion, giving the home team a comfortable 33-13 advantage.

The Crusaders made a comeback, scoring a touchdown and recovering the ensuing on-side kick. However, on fourth-and-goal, another pass was knocked down to thwart what could have been a huge TD.

A fumble recovery gave LCN one more chance to tighten the game, but Diondre Collins intercepted a pass in the end zone, ending the game.

"The defense came up with some big plays and we told our defensive backs to just knock down passes and not miss on an interception try that allows their receivers to catch a deflection," Sumbera said. "It was nice watching the guys play good defense against a strong offense. This is a big win for us."

Grosse Pointe North improved to 2-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division and 3-0 overall.

Next for the Norsemen is a 7 p.m. home game Friday, Sept. 20, against Chippewa Valley, who is also 3-0.

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