After facing two of the better football programs in the state, Pioneer headed to Ann Arbor Huron on Friday night to face a program trying to find its way with a new coach and hopefully a new direction for a team that has not had a winning season since 2009.
The Pioneers looked right at home – at Huron – on Friday night after taking a 28-0 halftime lead and cruising to a 34-6 win over the River Rats. The Pioneers improved to 2-1 on the season while Huron falls to 0-3.
Pioneer, who put the game away with three touchdowns in the final 3:47 of the first half, took advantage of some Huron mistakes and got touchdowns from the offense, defense and even the special teams. It was that kind of night for the team in purple and white.
Nate Yuhas got the Pioneers on the board in the first quarter. The senior quarterback kept the ball all to himself and didn’t give it up until he flipped it to the official after scoring on a six-yard TD run. Elijiah Mills hit the extra point to give the visitors a 7-0 lead with 6:12 left in the first quarter.
Huron made a huge defensive play the next time the Pioneers got the ball. The River Rats stopped Pioneer on a fourth-down fake punt call near midfield. But the hosts went three and out and were forced to punt.
The Pioneers next points came from the defense when senior Michael McMullen picked off a Huron pass that was tipped around the 30-yard line and returned it for a score to give Pioneer a 14-0 lead with 3:47 left in the second quarter.
Pioneers next score came when Dwayne Gray blocked a punt, scooped it up and took it to the house to make it 21-0 with 2:35 left in the half.
With just 45 seconds left in the half, Lael Onifade seven yards and dove in just inside the end zone to make it 28-0.
Each team scored a touchdown in the second half.
The Pioneers, who have not lost to the River Rats since 2001, play Monroe. The Trojans knocked off Skyline 37-20 on Friday night.
Huron faces Saline on Friday. The Hornets improved to 2-1 on the season with a 31-7 win over Bedford on Friday night.