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By Ryan BokasIt felt like a college footballgame instead of a high schoolgame on Saturday afternoon when the Gaylord Blue Devilstook the field against theTraverse City West footballteam. The game, played atThirlby Field, where all 3 TCschool play their footballgames has a real college sta-dium feel along with the 1:00o’clock starting time madefor a unique high schoolfootball experience.For the third game in a row the Blue Devils came out hotscoring on big plays early butthe excitement couldn’t besustained as the homeTraverse City team won big by a score of 48-14.TC got things started early driving the ball down theartificial turf in less then 3minutes scoring on a 3-yardpass play from QB Donny Cizek to Griffin Forrester. Onthe Blue Devils first series theelectrifying Trae Hill brokefree for a 33-yard score to tiethe game.That’s when TC West’s QB went on a terror. Before the3rd quarter was over he would throw for 3 touch-downs and run for anotherbumping the score to 34-7 atthe end of the first.Gaylord coach Doug Berkshire made some adjust-ments and the rest of thegame was played much morecompetitively. The defenseled by senior middle line-backer Trent Hunt was ableto penetrate the opposing offensive line frustrating the West QB making him muchless effective.Gaylord’s offense decidedto try the air attack with sen-ior QB Tyler Frisch throwing the ball much more fre-quently to sophomore Collin Watters and the sure handedMichael Skerratt. Both hadstand out plays, but couldn’tsustain long scoring drives.Gaylord’s break out playerof the game was senior full-back Robb Hansen. With theTC West defense focusing oncatching the 2 speedy backs,Trae Hill and Cotton Neff,coach Berkshire decided togo with more power running handing the ball to the beefy 230 lb. Hansen for multiplebig gains. By the end of thegame he had racked up 12carries for 89 yards averaging over 7 yards a carry.Gaylord’s only other scorecame in the 4th when TraeHill scored again from 9 yards out. The Blue Devilsare in action again Friday when the travel to Cadillac totake on the undefeated Vikings and their dynamicQB Jalen Brooks who has sofar had his way with oppos-ing defenses.
Blue Devils fall to TC West
Tyler Frisch airs it out trying to bring his team back inthe second half.Tyler Frisch runs the ball into the Traverse City Westdefense.Tyler Frisch tries to connect on a pass to the dynamicTrae Hill.
By Mike DunnPELLSTON – It wasn’t easy or pretty, but the PellstonHornets of first-year coachBen Schley pushed theirrecord to 3-0 with a tense 7-6victory over visiting RogersCity. The Hornet victory in adrenching downpour alsogave them a 1-0 mark in theSki Valley North while theHurons, who gave a gritty effort in defeat, slipped to 0-3and 0-1.Pellston’s lone TD in the2012 home opener came inthe first quarter on a 3-yardtoss from senior QB Austin Wright to angular receiverDale Stark after Wright fakedinto the line and the long-armed Stark – the Hornets’answer to the Lions’Megatron – hauled in themissile. Stark then added what proved to be the crucialpoint-after kick in spite of therain and slick conditions.Rogers City responded with its TD on a long pass totrim the Hornet lead to 7-6.The visiting Hurons opted togo for two points in the rainbut Pellston stuffed it. That would end the scoring on anight when both teams bat-tled the wet turf.The predatory Pellstondefense forced five turnoversin the contest, including interceptions from “Nitro”Nick Nathan and “Kave Man”Kurtis Spencer and fumblerecoveries from opportunis-tic Chase Woods, JaredReiman and Travis Matthews.Pellston moved the balleffectively at times with itstight-T attack, though theHornets were not able to visitthe end zone again. One big key to the victory, though, was a time-munching, yard-chewing seven-minute drivein the fourth quarter thatkept the Huron offense onthe sidelines.Time after time, Wrighthanded the ball to Nathanand fellow halfbacks JakeFriedenstab and Chase Woods and fullback JustinPrice and they poweredbehind the blocking of B.K.Boomer Baylon Kerr, Alex Readmond, Mark Staley, Mr.Matthews and company tokeep the chains moving.Nathan navigated his way through the muck and mire,motoring and maneuvering to a game-high 75 yards of real estate. Price was right,too, with his bull-like block-ing and plow-ahead running,stomping to 69 yards.Friedenstab and Woods eachadded 21 yards.Linebacker Justin Woolever was a wild man inthe rain, flying to the footballand making a team-highnine stops. Matthews andSpencer each had seven take-downs and Price ploweddown five ball carriers.Pellston has not had a win-ning record since 1995. Thatis also the last year theHornets started a season 3-0.Schley’s troops will try tomake it 4-0 this coming Friday when Rudyard comescalling for another Ski Valley North clash. The Bulldogscome in with a winlessrecord.
Hornets prevail in downpour!
Pellston holds on to edge Rogers City, push record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Ski Valley North
Pellston 7, Rogers City 6
Austin WrightNick NathanBaylon Kerr
GRAYLING -- TheDepartment of NaturalResources will host openhouses on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Atlanta and Thursday, Oct.11, in Grayling to provideinformation and receivepublic comment on pro-posed forest managementtreatments for 2014 in the Atlanta management unit, which includes Alpena,Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties;and the Grayling manage-ment unit, which includes Alcona, Crawford, Iosco andOscoda counties. The openhouses are set for the follow-ing times and locations:Oct. 9, 2 to 6 p.m. at AtlantaField Office, 13501 M-33, Atlanta (will cover proposedforest treatments in Alpena,Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties)Oct. 11, 1 to 6 p.m. atGrayling Field Office, 1955Hartwick Pines Road,Grayling (will cover proposedforest treatments in Crawfordand Oscoda counties)Each year, DNR personnelevaluate one-tenth of thestate forest. The inventory provides key decision-mak-ing information for forestersand wildlife, fisheries andother resource managers.The age, health, quality andquantity of trees and othervegetation are assessed toenable DNR staff to makeinformed decisions. Timbermanagement, wildlife andfisheries habitat, minerals,archaeological sites, recre-ational use, wildfire potentialand social concerns are justsome of the topics taken intoconsideration during thisreview.Because the forest is inven-toried approximately two years in advance, a year of entry is assigned to indicate when treatments will be pre-pared. Information currently under review has a 2014 yearof entry. This means thattreatment activities on landsbeing reviewed this year willactually begin in 2014.Proposed treatments, which may include timberharvesting, replanting andother management activities,are designed to ensure thesustainability of all forestresources.Bill O’Neill, chief of theDNR’s Forest ResourcesDivision, said these openhouses are a good way forinterested residents, neigh-bors and stakeholders tolearn – well in advance –about the DNR’s proposedtreatment plans and to shareinput toward final decisionson those treatments.“When it comes to thehealth and sustainability of our state forests, we’re alwaysthinking several yearsahead,” said O’Neill, whoalso serves as state forester.“We like to do the open hous-es around the state becausethe public gets an opportuni-ty to talk with foresters andbiologists about issues thatmatter most to them. It turnsout to be a valuable exchangeof information and ideas.”To more easily and effi-ciently oversee the forestresources, the DNR divideseach management unit intosmaller units or "compart-ments." This year, the com-partments under review arein Grant Township(Cheboygan County);Bearinger, Ocqueoc,Bismark, Allis and Krakow townships (Presque IsleCounty); Montmorency, Vienna, Briley, Hillman and Albert townships(Montmorency County); Wellington, Long Rapids, Wilson and Ossineke town-ships (Alpena County);Frederic, Grayling, BeaverCreek, South Branch, Lovellsand Maple Forest townships(Crawford County); andGreenwood and Elmer town-ships (Oscoda County).Maps, information andother proposed treatments will be available at the openhouses. The information canalso be found at www.michi-gan.gov/forestplan under theForests, Land & Water sec-tion. Compartment review packets for the 2014 year of entry can be found by click-ing the “Atlanta” or“Grayling” buttons on theshown map. Records of deci-sions, recorded timber har-vests and other treatmentsfor past years are available onthese pages.On Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Nov. 7, the DNR will complete its formal com-partment reviews to decideon final treatment plans forthese areas. Those reviews will take place: Atlanta management unit -- Oct. 23, 9 a.m. at AtlantaField Office, 13501 M-33, AtlantaGrayling management unit-- Nov. 7, 9 a.m. at Grayling Field Office, 1955 Hartwick Pines Road, Grayling Persons with disabilities who need accommodationsfor either meeting shouldcontact Cody Stevens at 989-785-4251 ext. 5240 (Atlanta)or Susan Thiel at 989-348-6371 ext. 7440 (Grayling) aminimum of five businessdays before each meeting.
DNR invites input on forest plans
Open houses set for Atlanta and Grayling to discuss plans for Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford,Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties