Hale defeats AE in "Battle for the Jug"
HALE - Sep. 12, 2008 - Most years, the Battle for the Jug is one of the most compelling football games of the year.
As it turns out, that wasn't the case in 2008 as Hale rolled to a 46-6 defeat of Arenac Eastern to hold on to the battered but cherished trophy for the third straight season. It was only the third time since 1997 that the game was a foregone conclusion before the fourth quarter started, and Hale coach Bill Lake hopes his team's performance was a harbinger of things to come.
"It was one of the most dominating defensive performances we've had in the past several years," Lake said. "The guys were swarming seven, eight, nine guys to the ball.
"I think the whoopin' Whittemore gave us last week (53-0) really helped us. It demonstrated to the kids what intensity is all about, and they took some of that on this week. It was just real impressive."
Arenac Eastern briefly got into the game in the second quarter when quarterback Graham Morgan escaped the Hale rush in the backfield for a 48-yard run that set up his team's only score. Even on that -- his 9-yard scoring pass to John Chmura -- Hale was ready, as Devin Leidecher tipped the ball away from the intended receiver, only to have Chmura catch it for the score.
Hale came right back with a 75-yard drive, in which they overcame a couple penalties, including one that left them with a 2nd-and-goal at the 25. Hale's Drew Compau hit Victor Coronado with a touchdown pass on that play, and Christian Moody's PAT made it 21-6 with 4:52 left in the half.
Hale then took control in the third quarter, needing just four plays on the opening possession to score on Eddy Cadwell's 15-yard run. Nick Katterman, injured earlier in the game, came back in for a 1-yard plunge late in the third that made it 33-6.
Coronado and Steven Barens each added touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
Hale got off to a quick start in the first quarter, stopping AE in its first drive and taking its first lead on Moody's 5-yard run. Drew Compau added a four-yard run late in the first quarter, and Shaun Myers ran in the 2-pointer to make it 14-0.
"If we can keep playing like this, we'll get a few more wins for sure," Lake said. "But I have to admit, playing for that doggone Jug sure seems to help."
Moody led Hale with 109 yards on 10 carries, with Myers adding 60 yards on eight carries. Compau was 3-of-4 passing for 38 yards and one score.
Cody Stoll was in on 20 tackles, with Chris Shuman adding 14 and John Hamilton 13.
Morgan led AE with 82 yards on 13 carries and was 3-of-6 passing for 38 yards.
Morgan also had seven tackles on defense, with Nick Phelan adding six, Joey Kramer six with a fumble recovery, and Buford Jones six.
Hale (2-1 1-0 North Star League) travels to Atlanta (1-2, 0-1), which lost a 22-14 heartbreaker to Hale on Friday. AE (1-2, 0-2) is at Hillman (1-2, 1-0), a 42-28 victor over AuGres-Sims.
"I've only one once up in Atlanta (in 10 seasons coaching)," Lake said. "This year, more than any other, I think anyone can beat anyone in this league. They look big and physical, so we'll have to be ready."