Football: Huron, Skyline face off looking for first league win

 

Records and numbers never tell the whole story. Baseball has been suffocated with analytics and charts and numbers and shifts and statistics. But it’s still about the pitcher trying to get the batter out.

And while the Huron football team can’t ignore the numbers they shouldn’t dwell on them and let it be a road block from where they want to go. The River Rats haven’t won a football game since Oct. 3, 2014 but signs show they are heading in the right direction despite what the numbers say.

“While we lost to Bedford 35-14 I thought from a coaching standpoint it was our best game we’ve played this season,” said Coach Broderick Smith, in his first year running the show at Huron. “I know we lost by three touchdowns but Huron has averaged 47 points a game against Huron over the last five years. They have only given up six points to Huron over that time so to put up a couple touchdowns and do what we did defensively was a big deal to us.”

Small victories lead to bigger ones which lead to ones you can put in the win column. And that’s where Smith hopes Huron is headed.

The River Rats head to Skyline Friday night for a showdown with the Eagles. Both teams find themselves at the bottom of the SEC Red with 0-4 records.

Skyline is one of those teams better than its record. They have a decent offense, excellent quarterback in senior Darryn Davis with a good group of receivers and have scored 112 points on the season. They also have been competitive in many games including last week’s 27-14 loss at Pioneer.

The way they played and the effort they gave against the Pioneers should give the Eagles (1-5 overall) some confidence.

Counting loss to Bedford, Huron has scored just 41 points this season – the same amount they scored all of last year. So it depends on how you look at things. They have allowed a league-high 195 points.

Injuries have been a big problem this year for Huron which will head to Skyline with eight players either not playing or banged up. Receiver Mike Davis (torn biceps), Walter Smith (torn hamstring) and Marquise Wilson (knee) are all out for the season.

Joe Schaldenbrand (broken finger) is expected to play.

But as coaches like to say, with injuries come opportunities.

“Absolutely, someone goes down, next kid up,” Smith says. “Aaron Winston (sophomore) is one of our running backs who is now also playing corner and he’s looked really good. His brother Eric is on the other side and he’s been playing well too. Very happy with the Winston brothers on the corner.”

Smith likes the way his club matches up with Skyline. And feels it will be like looking in the mirror when they line up on Friday night.

“Skyline has very similar athletes to ours and we both have a good mixture of seniors and youth on the roster,” he said. “They got a win under their belt with that season-opening victory and we are still looking for our first win. This should be an even and well-played game. We are looking forward to it.”

Huron’s junior varsity team won its first game on Thursday night defeating the Skyline JV team.

“Our JV team has a lot of freshman on it because we had to combine the two teams and they have been working extremely hard, competing every day and getting better every day,” Smith said. “We are so happy with our younger players. They care for each other, practice and play as a team and have bought into what we are trying to teach them.”

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