Glads stay good, beat Boyne 48-14 | Sports
TRAVERSE CITY – And then there were four.
During the five weeks of high school football season, only four teams in northwest Lower Michigan have perfect 5-0 grades.
With Traverse City St. Francis’ convincing 48:14 win over Boyne City on Saturday in a duel between two of the few remaining undefeated, the Gladiators are the only three with flawless records alongside Kingsley, Suttons Bay and Mancelona. The Glads and Stags play against each other in the ninth week.
“I don’t think we expected it, but I think we knew what we could do and we did it,” said gladiator running back Wyatt Nausadis, who scored four touchdowns in three different ways. “It makes the whole north aware and it makes the state pay attention.”
Nausadis ran for two scores, caught another and threw another, combined for a total of 153 yards, almost all of them in the first half.
Division 7 No. 2 Gladiators (5-0) led Division 6 No. 4 Ramblers (4-1) 35-0 at halftime.
Both Nausadis and Gabe Olivier reached 100 rushing yards at halftime, with Nausadis stacking 115 and Olivier 106.
The Gladiators scored on every drive for the first half except for a punt and when the time ran out.
TCSF has an advantage of 32-10 on the all-time series. The last Boyne win came in 2017, an exhilarating last-minute 19-13 Rambler rally in the regular season finale.
But an interception from Jack Prichard on Boyne’s first game resulted in a quick 14-0 hole this time.
“We had a game plan,” said Boyne head coach Dave Suttle. “On that first pass the wind got under (Jack Neer’s) throw and it was picked.”
In addition, there was a large size discrepancy that made it even more difficult for the Ramblers to fall behind quickly.
Junior Conner Rajkovich (6-0, 170) is Boyne’s tallest lineman, with left guard Fila Xiong checking in at 5 foot-7,152 pounds. The Glads, on the other hand, weigh an average of 227 pounds from tackle to tackle.
St. Francis head coach Josh Sellers with a 35-0 lead at half-time was not one of his expectations for the game.
“But we’ll take it,” he said. “We were hoping that we could implement it. When we shoot we thought we could definitely hurt her a little on either side of the ball. “
Olivier hit with a 75-yard TD from the right guard, Nausadis broke out for a 31-yard score and then one of 64, which ricocheted off the edge of Devin Town’s block.
Nausadis also threw a 16-yard TD to Olivier and Jack Prichard, who had one of two interceptions in the first half for TCSF, scored a 7-yard run. Brice Kempf got all five extra points in the first half and Max Corwin ended a Boyne Drive with an interception in the end zone after a perfectly played pass.
“He’s a sporty boy and he can play these games,” Sellers said of Corwin’s choice, “so it’s good to see when he does it.”
Boyne scored the only points of the third quarter with a 44-yard pass from Alex Calcaterra to Aaron Bess with a reverse option. Bobby Hoth added an 11 yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Joey Donahue added a 1 yard TD run with 2:17 remaining.
Sellers hopes the win will give his team more confidence in the future
“We’ve been talking all week about Boyne being the best team we’ve seen up to this point in the season. If he can do what we did with a team in Division 6, it’s always a boost, a helping of self-confidence, ”he said. “We got off healthy, that’s huge. … We are on the right track. “
One player who emerged as a force in the game was 6-foot-4 junior defensive lineman John Hagelstein.
Hagelstein finished with eight tackles, including three for loss.
“He’s been everywhere and done a great job,” said Sellers. “He was a big part of us trying to contain Hoth.”
Hoth won 199 yards on 26 carries, but much of that came from some big games, including a 60-yard run in the first half.
“I haven’t had a popout game so I was kind of hoping for one,” said Hagelstein. “That was my game. I knew that I had to keep my lead. “
Boyne plays Kalkaska next, while St. Francis hosts Tawas in another Saturday matinee game.
The Glads did not lose in their three meetings with Tawas.
“They played a really tough game with Mancelona, another undefeated team,” Suttle said of Kalkaska. “We have Mancelona on the road so our schedule doesn’t get any easier. … When I walked in I told our boys that we are a pretty good football team. When I left the locker room (Saturday) I told them that we are still a pretty good football team. “
Kaden Jewett added 64 rush yards for the Ramblers. Jacob Bush led Boyne with 12 tackles, Joey McHugh had 10, Mason Wilcox had nine and Hoth added eight.
Olivier landed 123 rushing yards and Charlie Peterson made 6 of 12 passes for 89 yards and a TD. Donahue led the defense with 12 stops, including 2.5 for losses. Josh Groves made nine tackles and Prichard, Burke Flowers, Olivier, and Ethan Morgan made five each.