Huron has at least one thing going for it: They can’t do worse than the last two seasons.
After consecutive 0-9 finishes, Broderick Smith moves up from JV to varsity to take over a Huron football program that has more coaching changes over the past five years than wins.
Smith has the passion and energy and work ethic to change direction. And he’s going to need all three – and then some – to pull this off.
Smith realizes the seniors will carry the load this season and he has great confidence in their ability to help turn around the River Rats.
“I have been with them all three years leading up to this season,” he said. “So I know them well and they know me well. So if there was a bright light heading into this season it’s with the seniors.”
And that light is going to have to shine bright to turn around a program that hasn’t won more games than it has lost since the 2010 season.
Senior Nate Runstadler appears to have the starting QB job nailed down for Huron.
“He has great leadership skills and we are expecting a lot out of him,” Smith said.
Senior Charles Ramsey will be Huron’s go-to receiver.
“Nate and Charles are looking really good together,” Smith said. “They seem to be on the same page and connecting well. Charles has really good hands and he can catch anything thrown his way.”
Senior Eric Winston will be Huron’s ace in the secondary at defensive back and also see time at slot receiver. Senior transfer Markel Whitaker will play both linebacker and running back.
“Markel is fast, strong and elusive and we are looking for some big things out of him,” Smith said.
The River Rats feature about 12 seniors on the roster and plenty of youth.
“We are going to be really young,” Smith said. “We have about six sophomores who are going to be starting for us.”
Two of those sophomores could step in and be dominating right away for the River Rats. Marcell Cooper will play nose tackle and right guard while Jordan Watson will play one of the linebacker spots. Both players started last year for Smith on JV.
Huron opens the season Friday at Detroit Southeastern HS. They begin SEC league play on Sept. 8 against rival Pioneer. Southeastern beat Huron 20-16 in overtime last year.