By Joseph Hayes
It was the start of something special.
I looked around at the field at Memorial Stadium and started counting them out.
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They were everywhere and it was easy to see from any defensive standpoint, it would be difficult to stop the 2020 Port Huron High School football team.
The Big Reds jetted off to a 25-0 advantage in the first quarter against Fraser; and even while playing their second and third units for a good portion of the game, went on to record an impressive 51-12 victory at Memorial Stadium.
“We have a talented team,” Port Huron coach Ryan Mullins said. “We have gained experience and we are happy to be out here playing.”
Port Huron (1-0) jetted right down the field, with one big play after another to open the game.
First came the dominating play up front with the offensive line opening holes for senior running back Caleb Collier.
When Collier wasn’t gashing his opponent, it was quarterback De’Ovion Price showing off his speed and elusiveness.
Collier would race 19 yards, followed by two Price 14 yard runs and then a Price 16-yard touchdown pass to Nijere Finney. Like that, Port Huron was on the board.
When Collier and Price weren’t tearing through the middle of the Fraser defense, Finney and Shaka Brown were making impressive plays on the outside.
Brown took advantage of a lane, and returned the punt 48 yards to set up Port Huron’s second score, a 1-yard run from Collier.
The point after attempt went wide, but Port Huron led 13-0 and never looked back.
Price would score on a 5-yard run. Gabe Mose went 48 yards for a touchdown on the ground and Port Huron went into halftime with full control of the game.
By that time it wasn’t about the score, but the development that would come.
The 2020 Big Reds are special team and will need to capitalize on an opportunity to make a special run.
It will be a problem going forward to contain this team. But the way they develop will determine exactly how far they go.
Up next for the Big Reds is a game at L’Anse Cruse.