By Joseph Hayes
It’s revenge week.
The Port Huron Northern football team is coming off an impressive 42-6 victory over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in Week 1 of the regular season.
Now the Huskies, of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, are looking ahead to what should be an intriguing match-up against a much bigger school in Week 2.
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Northern (1-0) will travel to face Romeo (1-0), which had success in its own right in Week 1. Romeo defeated Oxford, 41-14.
Romeo also outlasted Northern, 14-6, last year. The Huskies haven’t exactly forgotten about it.
“We have a lot of chemistry,” Northern senior running back Theo Ellis Jr. said. “We were all ready to play and it showed last week. It’s so much easier knowing where your teammates will be when you have been in the system before. It makes the game a lot funnier.
“We don’t feel any pressure at all. We are playing Northern football and taking care of business. We are going game-by-game. We have Romeo on the clock. We are going to get our revenge on them. It was definitely a game we should have won last year. We were in the red zone like three times and we just didn’t punch in. It was a game we could have won.”
Ellis Jr. and the offense opened the season with a dominant performance against Lake Shore. Ellis Jr. had eight carries for 117 yards and three touchdown runs. Quarterback Seth Klink was 8 of 13 passing for 226 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Now Northern will look to get its offense going on the road against a team it struggled against last year.
“I think last year we came out and we were the underdogs,” Northern senior defensive lineman and tight end Braiden McGregor said. “We lost 14-6 and we had a defensive score. Our offense is clicking a lot better this year and that will help us out with our offense being able to capitalize on opportunities.”
McGregor should be a big part of that process. The Huskies top ranked recruit draws plenty of attention and is a match-up problem every moment he is on the field. That will be part of the strategy this week as well.
The other part will be starting fast, limiting turnovers and capitalizing on Romeo’s errors.
“We played a sound football game to start the year,” Northern coach Larry Roelens said of the Week 1 victory. “Scoring 42 points is something we only did a couple of times last year. Our defense was also stout. But we have a lot of work to do.
“I’m excited to see where we are as a team and a program playing a MAC Red school this week. They scored 14 on us last year and we were inside the 15 twice and had two turnovers and couldn’t punch it in. I expect a dog fight and I feel like it’s going to be a playoff game. I’m going to treat it like a playoff game. It’s two good teams. They do a great job at Romeo. It’s a good measuring stick for us.”
Joseph Hayes is the new Managing Editor at Blue Water Healthy Living. Hayes was previously at the Port Huron Times Herald and hosted a show on Power 88.3. He has additional experience at The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Jackson Citizen Patriot and WDFN 1130. Contact Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org