MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Hundreds of fans made the drive from Iron Mountain to the Superior Dome Friday night. The community rallied behind the team, just as they had all season. Mountaineers faithful had been looking forward to the game all week, with plenty of pride and spirit for their team.
"We had a huge pep rally with Pre-K through 12th grade,” said Iron Mountain cheer coach Jennifer Pericolsi. “It's just been an amazing week, full of support, we had signs all the way up on the highway today supporting the team, and it’s been so much fun."
The Mountaineer community was joined by fans from across the Upper Peninsula. There were chants of U.P. Power filling the Dome all game.
"I'm glad we have so many people from even different school coming here to cheer us on, and it's really community love," said Zoe Spera, a junior at Iron Mountain.
This has been a great year for the Mountaineers football team, 12-0 and West-Pac Champions. After starting hot, scoring on their first possession, the Mountaineers were held scoreless for the rest of the game, losing 43-7, but they never gave up.
"I'm proud of our team this year,” said Iron Mountain head coach Robin Marttila. “12-1 is a great season and we just have great kids and a great community we want to thank for that and it's just a great year."
Marttila told his players after the loss, that it may hurt from now, but they made it this far, and no one can ever take that from them.
"It's always emotional when you say goodbye to 11 seniors who gave everything they had to the Mountaineer football program,” said Marttila. “I just told the team that I love them, and they're better off for having played Mountaineer football."
The Mountaineers are looking ahead to the 2020 season now with plenty of new players.