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Black Team Tops Red Team 38-26 in U.P. Football All-Star Game on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9

Black makes a clean tackle on Red

Marquette, MIJuly 31, 2021 – In the 13th annual edition of the modernized U.P. Football All-Star Game, the Black Team came out victorious with a 38-26 win over the Red Team. Tyler Young and Bob Nadeau had the call live from NMU’s Superior Dome.

1st Half:

Red on offense

Red on offense

The Black Team started with the ball first in an electric first quarter. Joe Haire (Menominee) started at quarterback and was completing passes to Marquette’s Kam Karp left and right. Karp caught four passes on the opening drive, including a deep ball on the first play of the game and a 12-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. The extra point was good from Marquette’s Ty Lotterman, and Black took an early 7-0 lead. Rapid River’s Bryce Lundquist ran the show for the Red offense, and they marched down the field with a solid drive of their own. On a tipped pass, Iron Mountain’s Joe Dumais came up with a touchdown grab that was deflected by his high school and Red teammate, Iron Mountain’s Caleb Evosevich-Hynes. Connor LeClaire (Hancock) had the kicking duties, and his made extra point tied the game with just over five minutes left in the first quarter. The Black Team’s second drive was just as effective as the first, driving down the field once again. It ended in the same result as Karp caught his second touchdown of the game in the final seconds of the opening quarter. After a missed extra point, Black led Red 13-7.

End of 1st: Black Team 13, Red Team 7

Black makes a clean tackle on Red

Black makes a clean tackle on Red

The Red Team was forced to punt in the first drive of the second quarter, and the Black Team marched down and scored again on its next drive. Three drives resulted in three touchdowns for Karp, this time he rushed it in the end-zone. The Red Team started out with good field position after a short kick from the Black Team, but was unable to capitalize. On fourth down, a faked punt rush by Evosevich-Hynes was stuffed short of the line to gain, giving the ball back to Black. The fake punt blunder for the Red led to another score by the Black Team, as West Iron County’s Nate Thomson found Iron Mountain’s Bryce Pietrantonio for a 50-yard score. With the extra point going wide, Black led Red 25-7 with four minutes remaining in the half. Red had one last drive to try and cut into the deficit before halftime, and had a chance with a 52-yard bomb from Bark River-Harris’ Nick Javurek to Munising’s Chad Trepczyk. After getting near the red-zone, Black forced another stop on fourth down, and took an 18-point lead into the locker room.

Halftime: Black Team 25, Red Team 7

2nd Half:

Black team preparing for a play

Black team preparing for a play

The Red showed some signs of life to begin the second half, as the quarterback Javurek found the end-zone on a short rushing touchdown to lessen the deficit. LeClaire’s point after was no good, and Red trailed 25-13 with 10:45 left in the third. With a unique rule in the game, if teams are down by 12 or more points in the second half, they get the ball back after scoring. The Red Team was fortunate to benefit from the rule, and got the ball back. Red couldn’t take advantage however, and Black got the ball around midfield after a short punt. The Black Team took advantage and answered Red’s touchdown with a 25-yard pass from Haire to Escanaba’s Bryant Maki. The extra point was no good, and Black held a comfortable 31-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

End of 3rd: Black Team 31, Red Team 13

Red makes a mad dash

Red makes a mad dash

The Red Team couldn’t find the end-zone, and the Black team tried to end the game for good. That they did with a dagger 29-yard catch from Pietrantonio. Negaunee’s Parker Cain nailed the point after, extending the lead to 38-13. Red didn’t give up however, and the powerful running of Kris Pearce (Sault Ste. Marie) scored a touchdown with 10 minutes left. Both teams got the ball back, and most of the quarter winded down. The Red Team made one last push with a touchdown from Lundquist with just over a minute left to cut the deficit to 38-26. Down 12, Red had one last shot in the final minute, but the Black team held. Black took the lead right out of the gate, and defeated the Red Team, 38-26.

Final Score: Black Team 38, Red Team 26

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