Harrison Heads to Glen Lake Tonight for District Title

November 11, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

When Harrison (6-4) heads to fifth ranked Glen Lake (9-1) tonight for a division six district championship game, it will be the first ever meeting between the teams. That doesn’t mean the Hornets haven’t seen anything like what the Lakers have to offer before however.

“A lot of parents have asked me what do they look like and I say they remind me off Clare in a Glen Lake uniform,” Harrison head coach Jamie Lipovsky said. “I had to look at the coaches on their roster and see if they had any former Clare guys on there. They remind me of what Clare ran about 10 yards ago. They run a split-back veer, a single back veer and their quarterback is like a typical Clare quarterback; he’s tall and throws the ball extremely well. They have a good offensive line and have a good offensive game, both passing and rushing. We definitely have our work cut out for us.”

The Hornets were able to upset Clare in last week’s pre-district game using a simple game plan. Lipovsky hopes that the same formula works in tonight’s contest as well.

“We need to do things very similarly to what we did to Clare,” he said. “We need to play good football and play keep-away. We went for it on a couple of fourth downs, one of them in our own territory. We took some chances to get the win and we’ll have to do the same thing with Glen Lake. We need to control the ball and keep it away from their explosive offense; that’s the game plan anyways.”

The Lakers had their lone loss come in week seven, a 53-14 setback to a strong Kingsley team that also won its opening round game in division five. Glen Lake has averaged 36 points a game this season and picked up a 30-19 victory over Lake City in its playoff opener last week. The Lakes are led by quarterback Reece Hazelton who is no stranger to running from out of the backfield and senior running back Jonathan Wright. Glen Lake also has a strong kicking game, and has booted field-goals and also used solid boots on kick-offs to pin opponents deep.

The Hornets aren’t about to shy away from the chance at upsetting the highly ranked Lakers however.

“The kids are excited,” Lipovsky said. “One of the things we have been preaching is to not be satisfied with beating Clare. It was a big win for our kids, some people say it was the biggest win in the history of our football program and it very well could be considering it was not only just our fourth playoff win but against our rival too. Now, we have a chance to win a trophy. You look in our trophy case and no football team has ever won a district championship, so we told the kids to write their own history.”

It may be a tall order, but with the program’s chance at their first district title on the line, the Hornets are relishing at the chance to hoist the hardware.

“How cool would that be? Lipovsky asked. “Our kids are excited to have this opportunity and we are going to make the best of it. I wish it was going to be a bit warmer weather, it’s supposed to be 30 degrees at game time so that’s the only thing I’m not excited about. We get to see someone that hasn’t seen us before though and we get a chance to showcase the Jack Pine Conference and Harrison football. We are looking forward to it.”

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