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L'Anse Creuse North manages to eke out win over Eisenhower PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEO

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L’Anse Creuse North’s football team proved it can take a punch.

The Crusaders also proved they can deliver one.

Falling behind 16-0 in the first quarter, LCN scored 17 straight points to top Eisenhower, 17-16, in a MAC Red Division football game Friday night.

“It’s MAC Red football, on any given day you can win, you can lose, but you have to play,” said LCN coach Anthony Kiner, whose squad improves to 1-1 in the MAC Red and 1-2 overall. “We fight at LCN. We don’t give up.”

The win was LCN’s first against Eisenhower in five tries.

“This win is right up there in our program,” Kiner said. “That first win to break the losing streak and then that first playoff win, but this one is pretty high.

“Everyone thought we weren’t a MAC Red team and I think we proved we belong here,” Kiner continued. “If you’re not coming to fight us we’re going to make you pay.”

Trailing 16-3 at half, the Crusaders scored on back-to-back possessions to begin the third both on TD tosses from Mitchell Peer.

The first was an 11-yard strike to Jacob Mitrak on a third-and-2. The other was a 33-yard dart to Tomel Bond.

“We don’t worry,” Kiner said. “That’s the great thing about our offense, we can score 16 points in a blink of an eye. That put Ike back on its heels and then we’re playing great defense.

“With that offense we knew if we played discipline football we’d be fine,” Kiner continued. “We knew we had enough speed.”

LCN drove deep into Eisenhower’s end as halftime drew near, but back-to-back sacks from Collin Koscielniak and Logan Fredal forced a 39-yard field goal try from Peer, who nailed it to cut the Crusaders’ deficit to 16-3.

“I’ve got to watch the film,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said. “They came out in the second half and played tougher than us. That was the whole key.

“We’ve had a lot of penalties and we did again tonight,” Smith added. “You can’t play undisciplined football and expect to win. Those are drive killers.”

LCN iced the game with an eight-minute drive in the fourth quarter which was highlighted by a fake punt from Collin Kerpet for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-6 and then a 16-yard pass from Peer to Jai’Sean Barnes on fourth-and-4.

“Once we got the momentum we knew we had it,” Kiner continued. “Then we had to ice the game and we did.”

Kadari Johnson opened the scoring on Eisenhower’s first play from scrimmage, taking a pitch from Jake Bradsher and sprinting untouched to the end zone for a 67-yard TD.

The Eagles’ second TD came on their second drive, this one taking six plays and capped off on a 23-yard toss from Bradsher to Johnson on a third-and-10.

The third drive resulted in a 32-yard field goal from Robert Smith.

Eisenhower’s next six offensive possessions did not produce a first down. It had two the rest of the game.

The Eagles’ 16 points in the opening quarter were more than they had combined to score in their first two games of the season (12).

Last Updated: 9/12/2014 11:00:42 PM EST