ABERDEEN —A strong second half propelled the Huron football team to its second win of the season on Friday.
The Tigers scored 19 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 25-15 victory against Aberdeen Central in the Hub City Bowl at Swisher Field.
“The guys were prepared for almost all stituations that they saw,” Huron coach Michael Schmitz said. “They came out with great energy throughout the entire game.”
Scoring was scarce in the opening half, as both teams only reached the end zone once.
Huron put the first points on the board in the opening quarter, when Kobe Busch hauled in a 33-yard scoring strike from Jett McGirr. The extra-point kick was blocked, leaving the Tigers with a 6-0 lead with 4:21 remaining in the quarter.
The Golden Eagles put their first points on the board with 7:41 remaining in the second quarter. Chris Weber broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run and the extra-point kick by Tyler Two Eagles gave Aberdeen Central a 7-6 edge, which held until the half.
Huron regained its advantage with the first of two touchdowns in the third quarter. Walker Schiltz scored on a 22-yard run for the Tigers at the 7:41 mark of the third quarter. The conversion run failed, leaving Huron with a 12-7 lead.
The Tigers added to their advantage with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by McGirr to make it 18-7 following a failed conversion atempt.
Chipper Shillingstad capped the scoring for Huron with a 44-yard punt return for a touchdown with 5:58 remaining in the game. An extra-point kick by Thacher Dramstad made it 25-7.
Aberdeen Central put its final points on the board just 51 seconds later. Jackson Rohlfs hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Austin Huff with 5:17 remaining in the game.
The Tigers amassed 114 yards on the ground on 41 carries and gained 241 yards through the air, as McGirr converted on 10 of 19 passing attempts.
Shillingstad finished with 12 carries for 52 yards, while McGirr rushed for 35 yards on 16 carries and Schiltz had 10 carries for 28 yards.
Busch had three catches for 59 yards for Huron, while Cooper Fryberger had 40 yards receiving on two catches.
Schiltz was the defensive leader for the Tigers with eight tackles, including a sack. Blake Larsen had five tackles and a sack, while Shillingstad had a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“They really played for each other and supported each other through the entire game,” Schmitz said. “I am extremely proud of how the team did.
“We have work in front of us, but we will hit the ground running this week,” he said.
Chris Weber had 21 carries for 112 yards to lead Aberdeen Central. Austin Huff was 11 of 24 passing for 143 yards, but had a pair of interceptions.
Huron, which is now 2-0, will return home to host Harrisburg at 7 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium. Aberdeen Central (0-2) is at Brandon Valley on Saturday.
Huron 6 0 12 7 — 25
Aberdeen Central 0 7 0 8 — 15
H — Kobe Busch 33 pass from Jett McGirr (kick blocked), 4:21.
AC — Chris Weber 71 run (Tyler Two Eagle kick), 7:41.
H — Walker Schiltz 22 run (run failed), 8:14.
H — McGirr 1 run (pass failed), 2:44.
H — Chipper Shillingstad 44 punt return (Thacher Dramstad kick), 5:58.
AC — Jackson Rohlfs 36 pass from Austin Huff (Rohlfs pass from Huff), 5:07.
PASSING — Huron, Jett McGirr 10-19-1 for 241 yards; Aberdeen Central, Huff 11-24-2 for 143 yards, Brock Baker 1-1-0 for 10 yards.
RUSHING — Huron 41-114 (Chipper Shillingstad 12-52, McGirr 16-35, Walker Schiltz 10-28); Aberdeen Central 28-143 (Chris Weber 21-112).
RECEIVING — Huron, Kobe Busch 3-59, Cooper Fryberger 2-40; Aberdeen Central, Rohlfs 4-97, Brock Baker 4-29.
PHOTOS BY JOHN DAVIS/ABERDEEN AMERICAN NEWS
Huron’s Walker Schiltz (23) runs past Aberdeen Central’s Jaymz Long (80) during Friday night’s Hub City Bowl game at Swisher Field.
Next, Huron’s Jett McGirr, left, scrambles away from the pressure of Aberdeen Central’s Reece Burckhard, right, during Friday night’s Hub City Bowl game at Swisher Field.