FINLAYSON — Mesabi East’s Cole Meyer rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns as well as a defensive touchdown to lead the Giants to a 26-6 win over hosting East Central Friday night.
Meyer opened up the scoring in the first quarter with a one yard run to let the Giants take a 6-0 lead.
Avery Anderson scored the lone Eagles touchdown of the night with a two yard pass from Vern Anderson III to tie things up at six apiece.
Meyer rushed for two more touchdowns in the second quarter including a run from five yards out and another from three yards out to put his team up 18-0 after the failed two-point conversions.
The second half was largely uneventful except for a 30-yard fumble recovery from Meyer that he turned into his third touchdown of the evening. Tyler Baribeau connected with Zach Helander for the two point conversion and the Giants defense remained stout to give Mesabi East the 26-6 win and move them to 5-1 on the season.
Meyer finished the game with 123 rushing yards on 22 carries and as a team the Giants ran for 334 yards on 49 attempts.
The Giants will close out their regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Braham to take on the Bombers at 7 p.m.
ME 6 12 0 8 — 26
EC 6 0 0 0 — 6
ME — Cole Meyer 1 run (run fail)
EC — Avery Anderson 2 pass from Vern Anderson III (kick fail)
ME — Meyer 5 run (run fail)
ME — Meyer 3 run (run fail)
ME — Meyer 30 fumble return (Zach Helander from Tyler Baribeau)
Silver Bay 34,
At Ely, the Timberwolves had their chances to pick up the win over visiting Silver Bay, but costly errors late in the fourth quarter gave the game away to the Mariners, 34-30.
Halfback Nick Mattila was the standout for Ely with three rushing touchdowns and over 300 yards on the ground. Mattila’s scores came in the first quarter from 17 yards out, the second from 10 yards out and the fourth from 10 yards out.
Ely’ Dalton Schreffler scored the lone touchdown in the third quarter on a seven yard run that put his team up, 22-21.
Silver scored twice in the fourth quarter to go up 34-22 and Mattila and Ely answered back to get within one score at 34-30. After scoring, Ely recovered their own onside kick and proceeded to march to the Silver Bay 15 yard line. After a holding call killed the drive, Ely turned it over on downs with about 2:30 to go in the game.
The Timberwolves got a second chance, however, after they recovered a fumble on Silver Bay’s first play of the next drive. Ely would get inside the one yard line but a chop block penalty ended things for the Timberwolves and they would take the loss.
Ely (2-4) will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to Cook to take on North Woods.
SB 7 14 0 13 — 34
Ely 8 6 8 8 — 30
SB — Peyton Westerlund 15 run (kick good)
Ely — Nick Mattila 17 run (pass good)
Ely — Mattila 10 run (run fail)
SB — Westerlund 2 run (pass fail)
SB — Westerlund to Perfetto 35 (run good)
Ely — Dalton Schreffler 7 run (pass good)
SB — Mason Ollman 3 run (run fail)
SB — Ollman 70 run (kick good)
Ely — Mattila 10 run (run good)