IRONWOOD - Hancock finally got the breaks it needed to win a close game Friday, as the Bulldogs got the stop on an overtime two-point conversion to beat Ironwood 28-26 in WestPAC play.
"I thought I was going to have a heart attack," Hancock coach Matt Walter said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. "Every time I come here it's tough and a very close game. We've lost two games on two-point conversions, so it was good to finally win one the same way. But I think losing on those two-point conversions taught us to keep fighting no matter what and we did that today.
"Ironwood sure didn't play like an 0-7 team. They were as physical or more physical than the teams we've played. They should get all the credit in the world."
Hancock led 20-12 with 1:48 to go when Ironwood's Taylor Killam outjumped a Hancock defender for a
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tipped ball, leading to a 48-yard scoring play. Quarterback Adam Mackey hit Jared Sobolewski for the game-tying two-point conversion.
Hancock's Tanner Kearly just made it by inches on a fourth-and-goal QB sneak to start the overtime.
Mackey completed a desperation pass on fourth-and-10 to Sobolewski, tying the game, but could not complete the conversion pass.
Hancock overcame giving up an 82-yard touchdown on the opening kick-off from Denver Sharrow, tying it on a 6-yard pass from Kearly to Carl Kangas late in the first half.
Ironwood took another lead late in the third, but two scores in 62 seconds turned the tide for the visitors. Kearly hit Kangas for a 12-yard TD pass to tie it, then completed the conversion to Chase Anderson for a 14-12 lead.
Hancock recovered an onside kick, then scored on a 40-yard touchdown run by Brandon Barnes to give the Bulldogs a 20-12 lead with 4:22 to play.
Barnes ran for 193 yards on 30 carries to lead Hancock, while Kearly threw for 146 on 10-of-27 attempts.
Hancock (3-4, 2-2 WestPAC) plays at West Iron County next week, while Ironwood (0-7, 0-5) is at Calumet.
Hancock 0 6 0 14 8 - 28
Ironwood 6 0 6 8 6 - 26
Iwd - Denver Sharrow 82 kick return (kick failed), 11:48
Han - Carl Kangas 6 pass from Tanner Kearly (kick failed), 1:18
Iwd - Jake DiGiorgio 5 pass from Adam Mackey (pass failed), 3:56
Han - Kangas 12 pass from Kearly (Chase Anderson pass from Kearly), 5:24
Han - Brandon Barnes 40 run (kick blocked), 4:22
Iwd - Taylor Killam 49 pass from Mackey (Jared Sobolewski pass from Mackey), 1:48
Han - Kearly 1 run (Brandon Barnes run)
Iwd - Jared Sobolewski 10 pass from Mackey (pass failed)
Total offense - HAN 343 (197 rush, 146 pass); IWD 264 (191 rush, 73 pass); First downs - HAN 13, IWD 10; Rushing - Hancock, Brandon Barnes 30-193, Jake Fenton 4-1, William Lucier 1-0, Tanner Kearly 8-3. Ironwood, Adam Mackey 12-70, Brody Stefonich 11-56, Denver Sharrow 7-18, Shane Buckley 9-47.
Passing - Hancock, Tanner Kearly 10-27-146-1. Ironwood, Adam Mackey 4-12-73-0.
Receiving - Ironwood, Jake DiGiorgio 1-5, Jared Sobolewski 1-10, Zach Combs 1-6, Taylor Killum 1-52.
Forest Park 57, Baraga 0
BARAGA - Baraga's attempt to air it out against Forest Park was foiled Friday, as the Trojans picked off five Viking passes and rolled to victory.
With the win, FP (7-0, 3-0) adds a share of the Great Western Conference to the playoff berth it already had in hand.
FP scored five times in the first quarter, getting two rushing touchdowns apiece from Lee Graff and Austin Snell.
Baraga was held to 67 total yards, 40 through the air.
Dillion Huckstaedt had 16 yards on 11 carries and completed six passes, four to Corbin Crittenden, for 40 yards.
Baraga (0-7, 0-4) plays its last two games on the road, starting at Houghton next Friday.
Forest Park can win the GWC title outright by beating Gogebic at home next Friday.
Forest Park 32 0 19 6 - 57
Baraga 0 0 0 0 - 0
FP - Austin Snell, 8-yd. run (Brett Smithson kick), 9:29.
FP - Lee Graff, 13-yd. run (kick failed), 7:18.
FP - Dan Nocerini, 18-yd. pass from Connor Kezerle (kick failed), 5:01.
FP - Graff, 6-yd. run (kick failed), 2:30.
FP - Snell, 2-yd. pass from Kezerle (Smithson kick), 1:47.
FP - Graff, 49-yd. run (kick failed), 10:05.
FP - Snell, 62-yard punt return (pass failed), 6:40.
FP - Bill Ragio, 2-yd. pass from Kezerle (Smithson kick), 1:00.
FP - Steven West, fumble recovery in end zone (no attempt), 5:07.