By Joseph Hayes
It was another special night of football for the Port Huron High School football team.
The Big Reds jumped out in front of Warren Cousino, 37-0, at halftime and never looked back; en route to a, 51-0, victory.
It was the Big Reds second shutout of the season and fourth game in which they have held an opponent under seven points.
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That’s the most shutouts for a Port Huron (3-0, 5-1) defense in five seasons and the perfect momentum builder entering the showdown game next Friday night against crosstown rival Port Huron Northern.
“I think for our defense, it starts at practice,” Port Huron High senior linebacker Darron Trevino said. “We come prepared. We come ready and it shows out into the games.
“Preparation is key in all of this,” Port Huron senior defensive lineman Noah Kindle added. “We start Monday with a physical practice and then end it on the field Friday night.”
The Big Reds began Friday night with an 18 yard touchdown run from Luke Van der Feyst and capped the scoring on a 1-yard run from Ethan Balon.
In between, the Big Reds had plenty of big plays. They got a safety to make it 9-0 in the first quarter and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Phil Mackay to Jace Mullins to make it 16-0 to end the first quarter.
“We practice as a unit,” Trevino said. “The main thing we try to work on as a unit is communication. We are working on it on and off the field.”
Brandon Westrick added a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mackay early in the second quarter to make it 23-0 and Nijere Finney added a 60-yard run to give the Big Reds a 30-0 lead late in the first half.
Jacob Wilson added a five yard run and Ethan Balon a 1-yard run in the second half.
Port Huron outshined Warren Cousino, 373-96, including 301 yards on the ground. Finney led the way with 85. Balon had 76 yards rushing.
Mackay completed 3 of 4 passes for 72 yards and two touchdown passes.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun next week,” Kindle said. “Next week we get to rep. It’s going to be a dogfight. We are going to be prepared.”
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