The Huron football team put itself in position to win a football game but for the second consecutive week came up a few yards and points short of the end zone. After losing last week to Dundee on the final play of the game in their opener, the River Rats lost to Williamston 21-14 on Thursday night.
Huron started out strong, taking a 14-7 lead. It was their second consecutive game of taking the lead in the first half. The River Rats could have pushed the lead but fumbled at the Williamston 2-yard line late in the second quarter.
And not only didn’t they score but the Hornets buzzed down the field to even the scored and send the game to halftime tied at 14-14.
Huron Coach Broderick Smith said the team played well but the fumble at the 2-yard line and three costly penalties were too much to overcome.
Down a touchdown, Huron got the ball back with 52 seconds left in the game. But a Hail Mary pass was intercepted to end the game.
Huron quarterback Assane Ka was 8 of 15 passing for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
In the opener, Dundee took the lead in the third quarter but the River Rats battled back and had two shots at winning the game in the final seconds. With the ball inside the 5-yard line and 38 seconds left in the game, Dundee stuffed two running attempts, the last one coming with 7 seconds left on the clock. Huron, out of time outs, couldn’t get off another play and “ran out of time” in a 21-16 loss.
It was the second consecutive road game for the River Rats who return home to face Dexter on Friday night. Before the season started, the week three SEC crossover looked like a matchup of teams that hadn’t won a football game in years. Coming into the season, Dexter’s last win was 2013 while Huron hasn’t won since 2014.
But Dexter defeated Ypsilanti 36-22 on Friday night for the school’s first win since Sept. 23, 2013. The Dreadnaughts have a very good team with a young, but talented quarterback, a quick and fast running back and a solid defense.
The Rams-Dreads matchup on Friday should be a good matchup of teams better than their past.