Glen Lake ends Pine River’s dream football season

TRAVERSE CITY — Maple City Glen Lake’s offense was too much for Pine River to overcome in Saturday’s Division 6 semifinal football game at Thirlby Field.

Quarterback Cade Peterson ran for 175 yards and passed for 32 in a 34-20 win to lead the Lakers (11-2), who will play Jackson Lumen Christi for the Division 6 state title Friday at Ford Field.

Pine River (9-4) ends its historic season that included its first regional title and trip to the semifinals.

Glen Lake had the lead in key statistical categories over the Bucks. It was 66-38 in total plays, 340-139 in total yards, 32-16 in passing yards, 308-123 in rushing yards and 19-7 in first downs.

Both teams fought snow, cold and wind during the game but while the Bucks were guilty of two interceptions, Glen Lake didn’t have a turnover.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “But our players certainly accomplished something big for us.”

Quarterback Mason Powell led the Pine River offense with two pass completions for 16 yards and 59 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Elijah Lewis, Tristen Nelson and Joe Rigling combined for 64 yards on 15 carries.

Glen Lake took more than six minutes off the clock on the game’s first drive which featured Duke Angers’ 1-yard run and PAT. The Bucks responded with a scoring drive and Rigling had a 1-yard touchdown scamper, but the try for two points failed and the Lakers led 7-6.

Pine River took the lead 12-7 in the second quarter on Nelson’s 3-yard run. But Glen Lake scored on Peterson’s 19-yard run and Nick Apsey’s 4-yard scamper for a 20-12 halftime lead.

“How we respond to certain situations, whether it’s the weather, turnovers or fumbles, is important,” Glen Lake coach Glen Anger said. “The message (after falling behind 12-7) was to respond. That’s exactly what they did. They responded to the situation and took the lead.”

“It was the power game, they were able to roll through,” Martin said.  “It was a whole bunch of three or four yards on plays. They had some really long drives. We didn’t really let them escape for anything big. We couldn’t get them on third and short.”

Glen Lake’s offense continued to be unstoppable in the second half. Peterson scored on runs of five yards in the third and two yards in the fourth for a 34-12 lead. Lewis had a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring for the game.

As for the weather, “I don’t know if it impacted us anymore than it impacted them,” Martin said.

Martin admitted there were “mixed emotions” as he talked to his players after the game.

“It was the end of something that’s been really great,” he said. “It’s disappointing, the end had to come sometime. But at the same time, I thanked them for what an amazing ride it’s been, especially with our outgoing seniors. This group came in with me as freshmen. I thanked them for what they’ve done for our program and what they’ve done for our school. They’re great young men.”