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Northern football earns first playoff win since 1986

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Northern’s Theo Ellis is taken down by players from Roseville High School during the MHSAA Division 2 playoff game at Memorial Stadium Oct. 27.(Photo: Brian M. Wells/Times Herald)

Northern football earns first playoff win since 1986

Joseph Hayes, Times HeraldPublished 11:09 p.m. ET Oct. 27, 2017 | Updated 3:18 p.m. ET Oct. 28, 2017

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The Port Huron Northern football team is one of the hottest teams in the state.

On Friday, the Huskies’ dream season became even more memorable as they won their first playoff game since 1986 with a 13-7 victory over Roseville.

“It’s a credit to the kids and our senior leadership,” Northern coach Larry Roelens said. “They never give up. We preach 48 minutes of football and what they are doing is very special. I’m beyond proud of this team and the kids.”

Northern starts strong

Throughout the season, Northern (9-1) has found plenty of ways to generate big plays. On Friday, its special teams unit was the first to get in the act.

Northern jumped ahead early after a punt block from Kofe Kimbrell gave the Huskies that ball at the 2-yard line. Just moments later, Theo Ellis scored from 2 yards out to give Northern a 7-0 lead.

The lead would hold up until the second quarter, where Roseville scored to tie the game at 7-7 entering halftime.

Ellis runs wild

Throughout the season, Ellis has been one of the Blue Water Area’s most dynamic playmakers.

On Friday, he was at his best, rushing for 107 yards on 19 carries. With Ellis carrying the load in the rain, the Huskies continued to pick up yards and established good field position.

Late game heroics

With less than six minutes to play, Northern and Roseville remained tied at 7-7. But that was until the Huskies broke free with another big drive that put them in position to win.

Seth Klink found David Harris for a 5-yard touchdown pass, which proved to be the game-winner with just over four minutes left to play.

The road ahead

The Huskies will return home next week against Warren De La Salle. Friday’s victory should give Northern plenty of momentum, as it served as the Huskies’ eighth straight win.

“It’s all due to preparation and commitment,” Roelens said of the Huskies’ success. “The kids prepare in practice and they continue to get better every day. Their play is a credit to them and their work ethic since June. They have been dedicated and worked hard for the last 13 weeks.”

Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at jahayes@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Joseph_Hayes11. 

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