By Joseph Hayes
It was the perfect start to a new season.
A blowout victory on the road; on a legendary field. What’s better than that?
Port Huron High School football coach Ryan Mullins was still wearing a smile Tuesday as the Big Reds went back to work in preparation for another week of football practice.
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Port Huron is coming off of a 33-6 victory over Flint Carmen Ainsworth at Atwood Stadium, in a game where they got off to a quick start and never looked back.
Nijere Finney scored for Port Huron on an 83-yard touchdown run just minutes into the game and Port Huron went on to outscore Flint Carman-Ainsworth 13-0 in the opening quarter.
“We felt we matched up well with them,” Mullins said. “We made the decision that we weren’t going to throw the ball until we established the run and we were able to do that.”
Port Huron out-gained Flint 323-36 on the ground for the game. Port Huron led 19-0 at the end of the first half and never looked back. Flint had three turnovers, while Port Huron did not have a giveaway in the game.
“We were working all summer, every day,” Port Huron senior defensive back and wide receiver Dawson Leffler said. “We took it as a business trip. We got off the bus ready to play.”
“Watching them, we felt we could beat them and took it to heart,” added senior lineman Mathew Phillips. “We practiced hard and came out with a positive mentality.”
Nijere Finney led Port Huron with 114 yards rushing and a touchdown. Shaka Brown added 51 yards rushing and a score and Price had 90 yards through the air and a score for the Big Reds.
On Friday, Port Huron will travel to Anchor Bay with the intention of pulling off yet another upset. Anchor Bay lost to Ann Arbor Pioneer, 13-7, in Week 1.
The Big Reds are a Macomb Area Conference Blue Division School, while Anchor Bay is a Red Division school, about twice the size of Port Huron High.
“We have to continually improve,” Mullins said. “The next guy in line has to improve. We tell our guys to find one thing in your game to improve on. Find one thing you didn’t do really well last week and make that a strength.
“If everyone can do that, that’s how you get better week to week.”
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