There’s only one UP team left in the MHSAA Football Playoffs, and it’s the Wykons out of West Iron County, who beat Frankfort last Friday with a score of 35-20. The game at Nelson Field was played in roughly four inches of snow, making it a perfect setup for a tough Wykon team. Frankfort struggled right off the bat, as they are a high octane passing team. The Wykons held true to the U.P. sisu, causing four turnovers throughout the game, and jumped out to a big lead in the first half. Seth Wells from TV6 gives a great shot of the playing conditions, which he posted on his Twitter:
— Seth Wells (@SethTV6Sports) November 11, 2017
The Frankfort coach had a few words to say on the field conditions: “Both teams had to play in these conditions, so we can’t use that as an excuse,” Frankfort head coach Matt Stapleton said. “But it did limit things. We do like throwing the ball and being able to run the ball in open space. We had trouble doing both with the snow. It was a huge factor early for us with the fumbles.”
West Iron jumped out to an early lead, catching an interception for a touchdown, and moving the ball methodically down the field through a powerful run game. Frankfort tried to come back late, but it wasn’t enough for them to pull out the win.
This victory gives West Iron its first regional title since 1977, and it also was its first appearance in the regional championship game since 2008. I wasn’t even close to being alive in 1977, so here’s what was going on during that time, courtesy of Adam Niemi:
Average gallon of gas was $0.62 when West Iron County last won a regional football title in 1977. The top song of the year was “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart. Jimmy Carter was President. And Star Wars made its debut. #uselessfacts
— Adam Niemi (@AdamNiemi) November 12, 2017
This huge win by West Iron means that we have another Cinderella story to get behind up here in da yoop, and that is always an exciting moment for us. We at PSE will be cheering on West Iron County as they will play Saginaw Nouvel (12-0) this Friday at 7pm in the NMU Superior Dome for a trip to Ford Field.