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NEGAUNEE — Easton Palomaki ran for four touchdowns in the first half as Negaunee built a huge halftime lead for a 47-6 win over visiting Hancock in a high school football game played on Friday evening.

The Miners racked up a half-dozen scores in the first half, including four in the second quarter, to take a 40-0 lead at the break.

Palomaki’s scoring was the highlight of his 119-yard, 12-carry rushing night that led Negaunee to a 277-54 rushing advantage and a 366-130 overall advantage in yardage.

Palomaki took 10 and 16 yard TD runs in the first quarter and 4 and 10 yards in the No. 2 quarter.

The Miners also got scores from Kurtis Kangas on a 31-yard pass from quarterback Ty Jacobson and a 3-yard run from Nico Lukkarinen in the second quarter.

Philip Nelson took four of five extra kicks in the first half, while Kai Lacar tried his hand at a pair of extra point boots and made one in the third quarter.

The Miners’ final score, which made it 47-0 in the third quarter, was on a 1-yard run by Chase Bonovetz.

Jacobson was effective through the air, going 6 of 9 for 89 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

In addition to Palomaki’s 119 rushing yards, Lukkarinen added 71 rushing yards on 10 tries, Lacar had 47 yards on just four attempts and Bonovetz had 22 yards on seven carries.

While Kangas’ TD reception was his only catch pass, Nelson landed two passes for 38 yards, Lacar also had two catches for 15 yards and Palomaki even found time to fire one for five yards.

Lacar was also listed in Negaunee stats as returning a kickoff from 46 yards.


Unity, Wisconsin, 14, Ishpeming 6

On Saturday at Ishpeming, Preston Gauthier scored the Hematites’ only touchdown on Ishpeming’s opening possession in the third quarter, but it fell short despite a big defensive effort.

“We had opportunities that we did not exploit” Hematites assistant coach George Niemi said replacing head coach Cody Kugler. “It was a physical match, which shows the kids what level we have to reach. If we eliminate the mistakes we made…success will come with this team.

Unity scored on a long touchdown run to culminate their first possession, and with a 2-run run, led 8-0 early.

It was all scoring until the second-half kickoff, which was returned to Unity’s 14-yard line, although the returner’s name was not available. Gauthier scored a few plays later, and with Hunter Smith’s 2-point run, the score was tied at 8-8.

But Unity took the ball on the ensuing possession and marched down, scoring on a 4-yard run to regain the lead.

Gauthier finished with 105 yards rushing on 24 carries, while Smith added 80 yards on 11 attempts. Smith was 2 of 6 for 33 passing yards, with Hayden Hares making a catch for 29 yards.

In all, Ishpeming threw for 223 yards on offense, 190 rushing on 37 carries. Unity’s numbers were similar, with 265 total yards, 219 rushing.


Calumet 18, Westwood 16

On Friday at Calumet, the Patriots fell to 0-3 after suffering their second two-point loss in three weeks.

Westwood couldn’t quite make up the 2-point conversion difference by scoring one less TD than the Copper Kings.

After Calumet’s Brayden Nelson scored on a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the Pats’ Jayce Arseneau hit dry land with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. With Arseneau’s 2-point run, Westwood led 8-6.

Calumet responded when Hans Kiilunen ran 51 yards for a score to cap a 55-yard drive, but with another 2-point miss, the Kings held a tenuous 12-8 advantage.

Shortly after, the Patriots responded again as Eddie Anderson caught a 40-yard TD pass from Andrew Niemi that capped a 56-yard drive. Arseneau again scored the 2-pointer, making Westwood 16-12.

But Calumet scored another goal before halftime as Aksel Loukus crossed the goal line on a 2-yard run to cap a 66-yard drive. Although the 2-pointer was once again not good, the Kings held an 18-16 lead.

And without scoring in the second half, the final score stayed that way.

While Arseneau finished with 41 rushing yards on 14 carries, Jerzee Karki carried the big rushing charge for the Patriots, who rushed for 196 yards on 32 carries.

Niemi wasn’t asked to throw much, but when he did, he made it count, completing 2 of 2 passes for 48 yards.

For Calumet, Kiilunen rushed for 107 yards, while Nelson had 81. Loukus was 1 of 5 passes, but that was for 50 yards.

One stat that hurt Westwood was fumbles, as the Pats committed five, and worse, lost three.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is

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