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Tuesday June 25, 2024
Broncos Use Clutch Plays To Turn Back Hematites

HARRIS---The Bark River-Harris Broncos outlasted the Ishpeming Hematites, 28-20, in high school football action Thursday night.

Ethan Ives connected with Ben Shiverski on two touchdown passes, and the defense made two key stops as the Broncos finished 7-2 on the season and will play in the playoffs nest week.

The Hematites finish 4-5 and now wait to see if they also will make the D-8 playoffs.

"Obviously, it's been coming together with the seniors," BR-H quarterback Ethan Ives said. "I played with them last year, and now the chemistry is just coming together. And the O-Line is just blocking like crazy right now."

"It means a lot," Shiverski said of the two touchdown receptions. "But without the O-Line and the seniors guiding us through this game, it would have been different, you know? I couldn't have caught both of those passes if the O-Line wasn't doing their job.  That's what it came to. Everyone as doing their job and we came together."

Ives hooked up with Shiverski on the first touchdown pass from 33 yards out, right up the middle of the field, with 3:40 left in the first quarter, and after the two-point run, it was 8-0.

The Hematites battled back with a six-yard touchdown run from Caden Luoma with 7:32 left in the second quarter, and the two-point conversion run tied the game at 8-8.

But with three minutes left in the half, Ives again hooked up with a wide-open Shiverski, this time along the Broncos sideline, from 11 yards out, and after the two-point run, it was 16-8.

The Hematites got a deep ball one minute later to Logan Hurkmans on 3rd-and-10 at the 34-yard line, but he was tackled at about the four yard-line. But three plays later, LaFave made the key tackle at the goal line to keep it a 16-8 game at the half.

Vincent Martin was held down for a while, but he broke free for a big touchdown run in the secod half and ended up with 113 yards rushing in the victory.

Sophomore Chirstian Spear had the big tackle late in the fourth qaurter as the Hematites were trying to get the potential game-tying touchdown.

"It means a lot," Spear said. "Not a lot of people get pulled up to varsity. I appreciate them giving me this opportunity. Our defensive lineman just created the hole and I right through the hole and I tackled him. It means a lot. Not every team makes the playoffs. Only the best teams do. Just a lot of hard work, and good players!"

"It was amazing because I knew that if I could cut that run back in, he'd be right there with Corbin LaFave, just plastering those guys," Shiverski said.

Ives had to play over an interception that he threw earlier in the game, but was happy to see his defense get the stop inside the one heading into halftime, keeping it 16-8.

"I was pretty mad about that," Ives admitted. "I didn't even see that guy back there. He was hiding out! But Corbin LaFave, our linebacker, he's an animal back there. He's a senior and I'm really glad to have him!"

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