By Joseph Hayes
It had a little bit of everything.
Big plays, turnovers, an unexpected ending.
The crosstown showdown between the Port Huron High School and Port Huron Northern football teams will surely be remembered well into the future after how the annual rivalry game played out.
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Port Huron entered as the favorite, but it wasn’t until the final play of the game until it was all decided and the Big Reds walked away as a 20-6 victor at Memorial Stadium.
Big Reds strike behind key plays
Port Huron High would lead for the majority of the game, because of timely plays.
That included the last play of the game, when Port Huron junior outside linebacker Joseph Maiuri intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 30 yards for a score.
Port Huron would open the scoring by capitalizing on similar opportunities. In the first quarter, Nijere Finney opened the scoring off a jet sweep that went 27-yards for a touchdown.
It would be a preview of more to come. After Port Huron took a 7-0 lead into halftime, a similar play call to Finney would result in a 32-yard rushing score to give Port Huron a 14-0 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Huskies show resilience
But Port Huron Northern just wouldn’t go away.
With under seven minutes remaining in the game, Isaak Ullenbruch got the Huskies on the board with a huge 92-yard touchdown run. The play came after the Huskies forced a stop on fourth down the previous possession to cause a turnover on downs.
But Northern struggled for much of the game through the air and couldn’t find a way to solve the Big Reds aggressive defense.
A look at the numbers
Finney would finish the game as one of the biggest storylines, after rushing the ball seven times for 84 yards and two scores.
Ullenbruch led Northern meanwhile with 14 carries for 165 yards and a score.
Port Huron quarterback De’Ovion Price was 7 of 11 passing for 102 yards. Most of that would go to Shaka Brown, who hailed in eight catches for 82 yards.
Ian Mitchell had three timely sacks for the Big Reds.