FOOTBALL: Huron drops home opener to Williamston

The Huron football team fell to 0-2 following a 34-7 loss to visiting Williamston before a large and loud home crowd at Huron High School on Wednesday night.

The River Rats have a lot of work to do but Coach Broderick Smith sees the young team heading in the right direction.

“We gave up 34 points but our defense fought hard all night,” Smith said. “They have a couple of outstanding quarterbacks who took advantage when we had some blown coverages. That’s what good, experienced teams do. I thought we tackled better this game.”

While the special teams had a couple of slip-ups, Smith saw improvement there as well.

“Our special teams played well,” he said. “I saw a definite improvement between the first game and tonight.”

The offense, however, continues to struggle. Smith turned to sophomore Cameron Donell in the second half and saw some positive signs from the young quarterback.

“He played pretty well,” Smith said. “He has to learn to let the game come to him and not always depend on his feet. But he showed good leadership.”

Williamston used a strong passing game to take over the game. The Hornets, who have reached the state playoffs the last five years, passed their way to a 21-0 halftime lead.

After Huron fumbled the kickoff to start the second half, the Hornets scored on a 4-yard pass play to go up 27-0. An 18-yard run gave the visitors a 34-0 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

Huron got on the board courtesy of the defense. Senior linebacker Saliou Mbenge picked off a Williamston pass and ran 67 yards for the Huron touchdown.

The River Rats host rival Pioneer on Sept. 8.

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