2014-10-06 / Sports

North Branch improves to 2-4 on season

By Lisa Paine

North Branch’s Mack McGough sets up to send a spiral way down field. 
Photo by Lisa Paine North Branch’s Mack McGough sets up to send a spiral way down field. Photo by Lisa Paine CARO – The North Branch football team put up 380 total yards and held Caro to 76 offensive yards to get its second win of the season 53-0 at Caro Friday.

“I was really happy with how we finished,” said North Branch coach Pat Forster. “We dominated like we thought we would. Caro is struggling with numbers and they are playing a lot of sophomores this year. We held them to 76 offensive yards which is the best defensive performance of any team I have coached. We mixed all the kids into the game tonight and came out on top.”

Gabe Wells got North Branch started with a 1-yard run and Christian Howay’s kick was good. Jared Freeland then scored on a 3-yard run and Howay toed in the extra point. Mack McGough then completed a 20-yard spiral to Levi Deshetsky and Howay split the uprights to end the first quarter with North Branch leading 21-0.

McGough scored two touchdowns in the second, the first on a 36-yard scamper and Howay booted in his fourth extra point of the night. McGough then complted a 20-yard carry and Howay added the extra point. The final score of the first half came from Duncan Lewis on a 10-yard run. Doug Turcott took a turn at the point-after attempts, but it missed the mark.

Jacob Huffaker increased North Branch’s lead in the third quarter on a 4-yard run, but a botched snap resulted in a failed extra point. Adam Friend scored the final touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run, but again a botched snap meant a failed PAT.

McGough was 3-for-5 for 90 yards and one score and made five carries for 59 yards and two scores. Gabe Wells had 42 yards and one score and Adam Friend four carries for 38 yards and one score. Doug Turcott led in tackles with eight.

North Branch, now 2-4 on the season, takes on league rival Essexville Garber, a team that Forster said literally had to replace its entire offensive line. Add to that an unexpected injury to Garber’s new star receiver who has not been able to suit up all season and that puts the Dukes in a little bit of a predicament.

Forster, though, says the team has been playing everyone tough and if the Broncos don’t stay on their toes, they could be the ones in a predicament on homecoming night.

“Garber is playing everyone hard and tough despite its difficulties and sometimes we have not risen to the occasion and put up our best effort. We are expecting a great turnout and both sides will be looking to make that stand. We hope to put on a great showing for homecoming.

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