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EagleHerald/Brian Bell Menominee's Joe Romero-Haire gets wrestled down by three Gladstone defenders while fighting for extra yards during Friday's win at Walton Blesch Field.

MENOMINEE — A second quarter explosion gave Menominee a huge lead and the Maroons hung on in the second half for a big win over Gladstone in a Great Northern Conference matchup with playoff implications.

Every team in the U.P. makes the playoffs this year, but with Menominee and Gladstone both near the top in Division 6, the winner of this game was likely to be chosen to host a playoff game, and Menominee answered the call.

The Maroons scored once in the first quarter on a 2-yard run from Aidan Bellisle on his ninth carry of the game's opening drive, and then four second-quarter touchdowns propelled Menominee to a 41-0 shutout win.

"It's nice to see a shutout," Menominee coach Jamie Schomer said. "The kids came out fired up, played very hard and were fundamentally sound. Give Gladstone respect, watching them on film I thought we would have a battle but our kids were ready to play today."

Menominee bullied Gladstone all game, allowing just 90 total yards in the first half while gaining 256 and finishing the game outgaining the Braves 358-224 — all of which came on the ground as the Maroons' secondary allowed no catches and had one interception from Bellisle.

The Maroons' next game is up in the air as Kingsford and all Dickinson County schools have been shut down for two weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases, but Menominee will more than likely be back at Walton Blesch Field in two weeks for a playoff opener.

A full game story will be in Monday's edition of the EagleHerald.