2018-09-06 / Sports

Norsemen win big, remain undefeated

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


BRYCE OPIE looks for open space as he scrambles out of the pocket on Thursday in the game against Bellaire. BRYCE OPIE looks for open space as he scrambles out of the pocket on Thursday in the game against Bellaire. The bright lights on Thursday night didn’t affect the Norsemen on the field.

Suttons Bay (2-0, 1-0 Midwest) took it to Bellaire (1-1, 0-1 Midwest), as the Norse defeated the Eagles, 45-6 behind a school record breaking day from tight end Erik Halvorsen.

Halvorsen caught five passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He now owns the Norse record for the most receiving yards in a single game, set by Chris Capron in 1984. Capron had the record at 159 yards in a game.

“When I started high school I was a center all freshman year and the varsity coach said I wanted to switch to tight end,” Halvorsen said. “The rest of sophomore year, I would work on tight end drills. junior year we worked on everything my speed increased a lot and we made the change.”


ERIK HALVORSEN, right, high fives Michael Wittman after scoring his first touchdown of the night against Bellaire. ERIK HALVORSEN, right, high fives Michael Wittman after scoring his first touchdown of the night against Bellaire. During his workouts, Halvorsen would lift weights with his team and coaches, then head to speed training with now head coach Garrick Opie. Halvorsen said he had to watch what he ate to lose the weight to play tight end.

“I definitely changed the way I eat when I’m training,” he said. “I cut out all sugars and pops. I try to eat as healthy as possible.”

Since last season, Halvorsen has lost 30 pounds to be in the shape he is for this season. Opie was very happy to see his tight end give all he had in the game.

“I’m proud of him (Halvorsen),” Opie said. “I love his effort, he is a 100 percent effort kid. He did a fantastic job and he plays his heart out each game.”

Suttons Bay took their opening drive into the end zone, as Halvorsen caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Opie. Kaleb Smith ran in the two point conversion to open the scoring at 8-0 Norse.


LUCAS MIKESELL takes off down the field for a long touchdown run, Thursday, during the game against Bellaire. LUCAS MIKESELL takes off down the field for a long touchdown run, Thursday, during the game against Bellaire. After the Norse defense forced a three and out, Lucas Mikesell took the hand off from Bryce Opie to the house. Mikesell scored on a 71-yard touchdown run after a five yard penalty for a false start moved the team back. The Norse would fail to convert the two point conversion, but the lead grew to 16-0.

Bellaire would score the first points of the year against the Suttons Bay defense, but couldn’t convert the two point conversion. The score was 16-6 Norsemen at the end of the first quarter.

“I believe in trying to challenge the guys to play their hardest,” Opie said. “I push the kids to push themselves, and we have a lot of really good teams to face so we have to continue to get better.”

The Norse opened the second quarter with a long drive and six more points on a one-yard run from Smith. Camryn Knaub ran in the two point conversion to increase the Norse lead, 24-6.

The Norse would trade possessions with Bellaire, before scoring one more touchdown before halftime. The Eagles were faced with a fourth down and punted to the Norse. Lucas Mikesell took the punt 57 yards to the end zone. Smith ran in the two point conversion to make the score 32-6 at halftime.

“I love the enthusiasm from the team,” Suttons Bay coach Garrick Opie said. “We had some really good blocks on the line and it was a solid game. I still think there is a lot of things we need to correct, but on both sides of the ball we did quite well.”

The Norse opened the second half on the first play with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Opie to Halvorsen again to increase the Norse lead to 38-6.

Michael Loucks joined in on the fun, as he scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cap off the night for the Norsemen. Cesar Ramirez would add the extra point to make the score 45-6.

The teams would trade possessions the rest of the contest, and Suttons Bay had two defensive stands with Bellaire trying to score points at the end of regulation.

“I’m proud of our defense for making the goal line stand at the end of the game,” Opie said. “It takes a lot of guts for guys to step in when other guys are tired and to still perform like that is fantastic so I’m really happy with the defense.”

The Norse defense continues to shine, and has allowed just six points in two games. Derek Piglowski led the defense with nine total tackles and two pass breakups. Zach Morton had eight tackles, four and half tackles for loss and had one and a half sacks.

Halvorsen, to go along with his record offensive performance, added four tackles and had an interception. Luke Murphy had seven tackles on the defensive line for the Norsemen.

The Suttons Bay offense piled up 464 yards of total offense, while Bellaire had 104 yards offense.

Opie finished with 215 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball four times for 29 yards.

The running game of the Norse made a big impact, as the team compiled 249 rushing yards in the game.

“As far as this team (Bellaire) goes, they are a good team,” Opie said. “They spread the ball out well and I’m happy with the win but their are a few things we can do better on both sides.”

Mikesell led the way with eight carries going for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Smith had 11 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown. Loucks carried the ball six times for 30 yards and a touchdown, and Knaub added six carries for 23 yards on the ground.

“It’s a short celebration,” Opie said. “We have a lot of work to do before next week, but I will have them enjoy the win tonight and tomorrow we scout the next team. I appreciate everyone’s effort on the team we have a fantastic group of kids on the team.”

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