Patriots Rout Negaunee In Regular Season Finale

The Westwood Patriots are heading into the postseason with plenty of momentum after topping rival Negaunee 42-14 in West PAC football action Friday night in Ishpeming.

Taylor Dellangelo punched in a one-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive. Stephen Kangas recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up a second Dellangelo one-yard score and Westwood led 16-0 before Negaunee’s first offensive play. Erik Anderson raced seven yards into the endzone with 8:49 to play in the second quarter and Westwood would carry a 22-0 lead into halftime.

Negaunee marched into the Patriot redzone on their first offensive series of the second half but the Westwood defense forced a stop on 4th-and-3 from the Pats’ 19-yard line. Westwood then drove 83 yards down the field, capped by a three-yard rushing touchdown from Dellangelo, to take a 30-0 lead with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

Negaunee quarterback Jason Waterman connected with Alex Munson on a 40-yard touchdown pass at the 8:48 mark in the fourth quarter but one play later Anderson ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run to regain the thirty point lead.

Waterman laced a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Cain to bring Negaunee within 36-14 before Kangas raced into the endzone from seven yards out in the final minute of the game.

Westwood improves to 7-2 and enters the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak while Negaunee drops to 6-3 overall. The MHSAA playoff field will be revealed on Sunday, October 27th.

Patriots Rout Gogebic, Punch Postseason Ticket

The Patriots routed Gogebic 47-0 Friday night, clinching a third consecutive MHSAA postseason berth; the first such streak in school history.

Westwood forced a three-and-out on Gogebic’s opening possession and two plays later Chad Pohlman took a handoff 81 yards to the endzone. The Patriot defense forced another stop on the following Miner possession and Taylor Dellangelo ripped off an 85-yard touchdown on the next play.

An Erik Anderson interception set up a Dellangelo touchdown run from five yards out and Westwood led 24-0 with 8:24 to play in the second quarter. The Patriots got rushing touchdowns from Pohlman (38 yards) and Anderson (10 yards) before the half was over and led 40-0 at the break. Pohlman returned the third quarter kickoff to the endzone and Michael Boissineau’s extra point capped the scoring.

Westwood improves to 6-2 and ends the regular season October 25th at home with Negaunee.

Patriot Football Stings L’Anse

Westwood never trailed Friday night, moving within one win of securing a third consecutive playoff berth after topping L’Anse 30-6 in West PAC football action.

L’Anse failed to move the ball on their opening drive but a deep punt pinned Westwood at the 20-yard line. The Patriots responded with an 80-yard march to the endzone, capped by a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Taylor Dellangelo. The successful two-point conversion gave Westwood an 8-0 lead with 7:03 to play in the opening quarter.

The Patriot defense forced a turnover on 4th-and-inches on the ensuing Purple Hornet possession and one play later Chad Pohlman raced 52 yards to paydirt. Pohlman found the endzone again with 6:40 to play in the first half, this time from three yards out, capping a 62-yard drive that gave the Pats a 22-0 lead.

L’Anse responded on the ensuing possession as quarterback Alex Kissel connected with Terry Reed for a 19-yard touchdown following a 37-yard passing play that got the Hornets into the Patriot redzone. L’Anse forced a punt and drove to the Westwood 35-yard line in the final minute of the first half but couldn’t score.

L’Anse opened the third quarter with a successful onside kick but were forced to punt. On the ensuing possession, Erik Anderson capped a 62-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Westwood improves to 5-2 and have now won four consecutive games while L’Anse suffers their second straight defeat and drops to 4-3 overall. The Patriots return to action on Friday, October 18, with a road contest at Gogebic. The Miners (0-7) were bested by Negaunee 42-16 on Friday.

Patriot Winning Streak Grows To Three

The Westwood Patriot football team dominated Time of Possession on Friday en route to a 36-23 victory at Hancock. The Patriots scored 22 unanswered points during a stretch that spanned from the second quarter to the fourth; possessing the ball for all but 1:49 during that time.

Hancock drew first blood when they converted on 4th-and-8 with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Colton Salani to Connor LeClaire. LeClaire’s successful PAT kick put the Bulldogs up 7-0 with 1:24 left in the opening quarter. Westwood responded with a two-yard touchdown run by Taylor Dellangelo, set up by Chad Pohlman’s 40-yard reception two plays earlier. The successful two-point conversion put the Pats ahead 8-7 with 11:50 to play in the first half.

Hancock answered on their next drive when Austin Salani carried the ball across the goal line from 12 yards out; the two-point conversion gave the Bulldogs a 15-8 advantage. That’s when the Patriots marched 76 yards down the field, chewing up more than seven minutes and converting on a 4th-and-4 from their own 33-yard line before Pohlman trimmed the Hancock lead to 15-14 with an 8-yard rushing score. The Bulldogs drove inside the Westwood 25-yard line in the final minute of the half but came up empty.

The Patriots opened the second half with a 56-yard scoring drive that ate up over six minutes before Dellangelo tallied his second rushing touchdown of the night, this time from 15 yards out, putting Westwood ahead 22-15 with 5:50 left in the third quarter. The Patriot defense forced a punt, setting up an 80-yard scoring drive capped by a 14-yard rushing touchdown from Dellangelo. The successful two-point try doubled Westwood’s lead at 30-15 with 16 seconds left in the quarter.

Hancock had life with an interception early in the fourth frame, setting up a 31-yard rushing touchdown by Colton Salani. The two-point conversion made it a seven-point game but the Bulldogs could get no closer as Dellangelo punched in a three-yard touchdown run on the ensuing drive to cap the scoring.

Westwood, winners of three straight games, improve to 4-2 and return home next week to take on L’Anse.

Pats Roll Past Manistique On Homecoming

It was a happy homecoming at Westwood High School as the Patriots rolled past Manistique 52-19 in West PAC football action on Friday.

Westwood marched 61 yards downfield on their opening possession, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Dellangelo to Mason Mariuzza with 3:15 left in the opening quarter.

The Patriots struck again with 11:23 to play in the first half when Chad Pohlman turned a screen pass upfield for a 47-yard touchdown, capping a 77-yard scoring drive. Garrett Mann recovered a Manistique fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Mariuzza hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass on the next play to give Westwood a 22-0 lead.

Manistique quarterback Schyler Anderson ran for a 65-yard touchdown at the 9:37 mark but less than a minute later Erik Anderson capped a 68-yard drive with a touchdown run from ten yards out.

Manistique answered with a one-yard touchdown run from Anderson to get within 30-13 with 4:26 left in the first half. Westwood drove deep into Emerald territory in the final minutes of the half but the drive stalled with an interception.

Westwood scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half; a 75-yard pass to Pohlman and a 61-yard run by Anderson to go up 46-13 with 4:22 left in the third quarter. Manistique’s Anderson ripped off a 70-yard touchdown run 20 seconds later and Westwood’s Dylan Bebee found the end zone from 12 yards out with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Westwood improves to 3-2 while the Emeralds drop to 1-4 overall. The Patriots’ 52 points were the most in a single game since October 16, 2015, also against Manistique. Westwood returns to action next Friday night when they travel to take on Hancock at Finlandia University.

Pats Blank Archrival Ishpeming

The Westwood Patriot football team got back to winning ways Friday night, drubbing rival Ishpeming 38-0 in West PAC action.

Westwood scored on the game’s opening drive; a 60-yard march capped by a six-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Dellangelo to Chad Pohlman. The duo hooked up again on the two-point try and Westwood led 8-0 with seven minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Patriots doubled their lead with 6:35 left in the second quarter when Dellangelo raced 20 yards to the endzone then connected with Pohlman again for the two-point conversion.

Ty Alderton recovered an Ishpeming fumble near midfield on the ensuing drive and Westwood drove down to the four-yard line but the Hematites came away with a goal line stand to end the half.

Erik Anderson came up with an interception on the opening drive of the second half, then caught a 52-yard touchdown strike from Dellangelo. Anderson ran across the goal-line on the two-point try and Westwood led 24-0 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Dellangelo intercepted the Hematites on the following drive and followed it up with another touchdown pass to Anderson; this time from 33 yards out. The successful two-point conversion put the Pats ahead 32-0 midway through the third frame. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Pohlman snatched an interception of his own and ran it back for a Pick-Six to cap the scoring.

The victory was Westwood’s second against Ishpeming in the last 20 meetings and their first since 1998 in which a contest was held. The Patriots are now 2-2 and return home next Friday to take on Manistique for homecoming.

Copper Kings Win Defensive Showcase At Westwood

Defense reigned supreme but Calumet did just enough offensively to come away with a 14-8 victory at Westwood on Friday.

Calumet marched down to the Westwood 25-yard line on their opening possession but were stopped on fourth down. However the Copper Kings got the ball back one play later, recovering a fumble at the Patriot 29-yard line. Once again the Westwood defense came up with a stop deep in their own territory as the two teams shut each other out in the opening quarter.

The game’s first score occurred with 43 seconds left in the first half as Calumet quarterback Scott Loukus connected with Dean Loukus on a ten-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion put the Copper Kings ahead 8-0 going into halftime.

Westwood opened the third quarter with a 40-yard drive into Calumet territory but turned the ball over following a fourth down incomplete pass. The Copper Kings responded with a 60-yard touchdown drive that lasted 4:49, capped by a 35-yard fourth down touchdown toss from Loukus to Nick Djerf. The conversion failed and Calumet led 14-0 after three quarters.

Westwood got within one yard of the endzone midway through the fourth quarter but a Calumet goal line stand preserved the shutout. The Patriot defense forced the Kings to punt from their own endzone, setting up a 32-yard scoring drive that was capped by a five-yard rushing touchdown from Chad Pohlman. Patriot quarterback Taylor Dellangelo connected with Mason Mariuzza on the two-point try to bring Westwood within 14-8 with 55 seconds left but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.

Calumet moves to 3-0 while Westwood drops to 1-2 on the season. The Patriots return to action on Friday, September 20th at archrival Ishpeming.

Patriot Record Evened At Iron Mountain

The Westwood Patriots suffered their first loss on the football field this season, dropping a West PAC contest at Iron Mountain 42-22 on Friday.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first quarter but Iron Mountain quarterback Colin Visintainer exploded for a 25-yard touchdown run with 8:45 to play in the second frame. The Mountaineers doubled their lead with 5:02 left in the half when Dante Basanese plunged into the endzone from five yards out. Iron Mountain knocked on the door again just before halftime but the Westwood defense came up with a stop on 4th-and-1 from the 11-yard line and the Mountaineers went into the break with a 14-0 lead.

Two plays into the second half Westwood‘s Taylor Dellangelo scampered 61 yards to the endzone and got the Pats within 14-6 but thirty seconds later Visintainer connected with tight end Jake Dumais for a 76-yard touchdown strike, igniting 28 unanswered Mountaineer points.

Chad Pohlman raced 53 yards to paydirt with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter and Stephen Kangas scored from 14 yards out with 1:15 to play for his first career varsity touchdown.

Westwood racked up 398 yards compared to Iron Mountain’s 369 but the Patriots were hampered by nine penalties that totaled 75 yards. Westwood drops to 1-1 and welcomes Calumet next Friday.

Patriots Overwhelm Houghton In Season Opener

The Westwood Patriots never trailed Thursday night, opening the 2019 football season with a 24-12 victory over West-PAC rival Houghton.

Westwood marched 70 yards down field on their opening drive, chewing up 8:39 of the first quarter clock before Taylor Dellangelo connected with Chad Pohlman on a 30-yard touchdown strike.

The Patriots then forced a stop on 4th-and-2 in Houghton territory, setting up a 39-yard scoring drive capped by a six-yard rushing touchdown by Pohlman to give Westwood a 12-0 lead. The Gremlins responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Milo Schafer on 4th-and-long to get within six points late in the first half.

Westwood appeared to regain a two-score lead but a 47-yard passing touchdown to Pohlman was negated by a penalty and Dellangelo was intercepted on the next play.

After the Pats forced another fourth down stop, Dellangelo capped a 76-yard scoring drive by racing 53 yards into the endzone, putting Westwood up 18-6 with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

Dellangelo increased the Patriot lead to 24-6 early in the fourth frame with a rushing touchdown from 12 yards out but Houghton responded immediately as Nathan Erva broke free for a 57-yard scoring scamper to get the Gremlins within twelve points with 8:03 to play.

Following a successful onside kick, Houghton drove deep into Westwood territory but Travis Uren‘s first career interception ended the threat and Houghton never possessed the football again.

Westwood improves to 1-0 and travels to Iron Mountain on Friday, September 6th. The Mountaineers topped Negaunee 17-14 on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.

Leece, Corcoran, Westwood Sweep UPSSA Postseason Awards

It was a great day for Westwood at the 44th Annual UPSSA girls basketball meeting. The Patriots were named the Upper Peninsula Class C Team of the Year, Tessa Leece earned the title of UP Class ABC Player of the Year and Head Coach Kurt Corcoran captured UP Class ABC Coach of the Year. Leece along with backcourt mate Madelyn Koski were also the top two vote-getters on the all-UP Dream Team while Karlie Patron garnered Special Mention.

Leece, the Player of the Year in both the Mid Peninsula Conference and the West PAC, turned in 15.2 points per game and tallied 98 total assists. She shot 46% from the field, 42% from behind the arc and 83% at the free throw line. Leece also collected 141 total rebounds and represented the Patriots at the state three-point contest.

Koski averaged 15.8 points and four assists per game, both team bests. Koski also anchored the team defensively with a team-high 65 steals. She shot 41% from the field and connected on 60 three-point baskets this season. Koski was an 86% free throw shooter and participated in the state free throw contest last weekend. She also eclipsed 100 total assists for the season compared to just 56 turnovers.

Corcoran, now in his seventh year at Westwood, guided the Patriots to a 24-2 record as the Patriots reached the state quarterfinals for the first time in eleven years. He is the first Westwood coach to win UP Girls Basketball Coach of the Year since Tom Hammer in 2008.

Patron averaged 8.4 points per contest and led the team with 145 total rebounds. She was the team’s most efficient shooter, knocking down 53% of her field goal attempts. She also finished with 56 assists and came up with 35 steals.