Huron’s defense did a solid job all night and a very impressive job for more than three quarters, but a late touchdown in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Huron fell 6-3 to host Detroit Southeastern in the season opener for both schools.
Joe Schalndbrand kicked the River Rats into a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. It was a lead that would last until 7:34 left in the football game when the Jungaleers scored to take a 6-3 lead. Huron’s offense drove the ball down the field in the final minutes, but Schalndbrand missed a game-tying 28-yard field goal.
Huron Coach Broderick Smith was proud of his team’s effort, especially his young kicker.
“He took ownership of the loss and stood up and showed great leadership after the game,” Smith said of his young kicker. “He did a great job on kickoffs and punts and even played a little tight end for us.”
While Smith was disappointed not to depart with a victory, he saw plenty of positive signs to take with them into week two.
“Our defense was solid,” he said. “We had some lineup issues in the fourth quarter and that cost us but we can fix that. Overall, they played a good game. We have some young players, even a few freshman, so they played well.”
The offense, however, has some issues to work on and they have a short week to get ready for visiting Williamston on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The River Rats play the Hornets, who have qualified for the postseason four of the last five years, at 7 p.m. as part of a football doubleheader.
Williamston defeated Pennfield 34-13 in their opener.
The JV teams will play at 4 p.m.