5 takeaways from Northern’s win
JOSEPH HAYES, TIMES HERALD, 10-7-2017
It was everything you would expect a rivalry game to be.
The Port Huron Northern and Marysville football teams collided Friday night at Walt Braun Vikings Stadium in a game that will surely be remembered for years to come.
There was plenty on the line for both teams in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division contest. Northern needed one more victory to qualify for the postseason and Marysville needed to win out the rest of the regular season to remain in postseason contention.
Here are five takeaways from Northern’s 42-28 victory over Marysville.
Northern starts strong
Port Huron Northern is known for starting games fast. That held true Friday night as the Huskies raced out to a 14-0 lead entering the second quarter.
Theo Ellis scampered 11 yards on a run to open the scoring and Seth Klink scored on a 1-yard run for Northern’s second score.
“It’s great to get a win for our seniors,” Ellis said. “Day in and day out we put in work and we are seeing results now.”
It wasn’t easy, but the Vikings worked their way back into the game despite a pair of first-half fumbles. Marysville got a great effort from Hunter Delor, who dragged several defenders en route to the end zone on a 7-yard run.
Marysville trailed Northern, 14-7, at halftime, but had momentum after Delor’s score.
Huskies engineer 8-minute drive
The second half started with Northern receiving the ball and going on an epic drive. The Huskies drove the ball the length of the field and capped an 8-plus minute drive with a 1-yard run from Klink.
It was one of the Huskies’ best drives of the season and gave them a 20-7 lead after the PAT was blocked. The drive added to an overall solid night of offense for the Huskies.
“The offensive line did a very nice job tonight,” Port Huron Northern coach Larry Roelens said. “(Steve) Mason ran the ball hard for us. We had a reverse pass that we hit that sparked momentum and it was a momentum swing for us.”
Marysville wouldn’t go away, even down a pair of scores. The Vikings responded to the Huskies long drive by quickly scoring 38 seconds later on a 70yard pass from Joe Koch to Chris Moran to pull within 20-14.
The Vikings wouldn’t stop there. Harrison Roehl also scored from 10 yards out in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20-20 before Marysville added the PAT to take its first lead at 21-20 with 10:27 left to play.
From that point on, it was all Northern as the Huskies added a 60-yard touchdown on a halfback pass from Noah McNutt to Dylan Seaton to take the lead again. Ellis scored the two-point conversion to give Northern a 28-21 lead with 9:03 left in the game. Steven Mason later added a 3-yard and a 48-yard touchdown run to blow open the game.
“I’m a senior captain and my varsity coach tells me all the time that big time players make plays when they are needed,” Mason said. “They needed me at running back some tonight and I just tried to help out.”
The Vikings tried to respond with a two-yard touchdown run from Delor with 2:54 left to play.
The road ahead
Friday’s game was key for both teams. But there are still two huge games remaining this season. The Huskies (6-1, 3-1) are officially in the playoffs and could earn a home game or two if they keep winning.
Northern will face Warren Woods Tower next week before finishing the regular season against Port Huron. Marysville (3-4, 1-3) will return home next week against St. Clair and finish the season on the road at L’Anse Creuse.
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