ISHPEMING — For the second year in a row, Lake City's football season came to an end at Ishpeming in a Division 7 regional championship game.
The defending state champion Hematites (12-0) remained unbeaten with a 28-13 victory on Saturday.
Fifth-ranked Lake City, which finished with an 11-2 mark for the second straight time, lost by a nearly identical score a year ago when the Hematites prevailed 28-12.
The No. 1 ranked Hematites pushed to a 14-0 lead behind the effective running of halfback Adam Prisk and QB Alex Briones and limited the high-powered Lake City offense to just two first downs in its first four possessions.
The Trojans had difficulty moving the ball through the air consistently in the blustery conditions, but quarterback Drew Marion connected with Kevin Kunkel for a 52-yard strike with 3:36 left in the second quarter to trim the lead to 14-7.
Early in the third quarter the Trojans struck again when Marion rolled out on a fourth-and-8 to hook up with Jake Truesdale out of the backfield for a 16-yard score. Marion missed the extra point to trail, 14-13.
The Hematites controlled play after that, however, scoring twice behind the turf-churning bursts of Prisk and Briones. Prisk, who amassed 117 yards rushing, tallied on runs of 9 and 11 yards to close out the scoring in the game. He also had a 50-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Briones, who is bound for Central Michigan, had 126 yards rushing and threw a 14-yard touchdown to Mitch Laurin in the contest in addition to a conversion toss to Tyrus Millimaki.
Marion was limited to negative rushing yardage on 18 carries and faced frequent pressure when he attempted to pass. He hit on 7-of-21 aerials for 141 yards and the two touchdowns. Kunkel pulled in three for 68 yards and Truesdale two for 51 yards.
Senior cornerback Nate Holt had an interception for the Trojans, his eighth of the season.
Ishpeming now faces Harbor Beach, the defending Division 8 state champion, in the semifinals. Harbor Beach (11-1) defeated Pewamo-Westphalia 31-14.