HURON — For the second straight week, the Huron Tigers used a stingy defense, solid line play on both sides of the ball and a solid ‘ground-and-pound’ rushing attack to control the game. Friday night the Tigers shut out the Douglas Patriots 36-0 in a solid performance that pushed Huron to a record of 2-1. Douglas falls to 1-2.
Both teams were able to move the ball in the opening quarter, but managed to find ways to misfire at inopportune times.
Huron took the opening kick and quickly moved down the field into Patriot territory, hampered by a holding penalty, but aided by a Douglas unsportsmanlike conduct flag. But two incomplete passes and a run for negative yards forced the Tigers to punt.
Douglas took the ensuing kick deep in their own territory and marched to midfield, before Tiger linebacker Jonatan Hernandez sacked Patriot quarterback David Severson for a 10-yard loss, dousing the drive.
And that is how the rest of the quarter and most of the second period went.
Both teams moved the ball, but then defenses stiffened and it became a battle of field possession.
As the clock rolled past the four-and-a-half minute mark of the second quarter, lightning stuck the Patriots.
Severson failed to get the handoff to running back Payton Dewitt and the ball bounced directly to Tiger lineman Sebastian Cardona, putting Huron in business at midfield.
Huron coach Scott Spanton wasted no time, calling a ’student body right’ play and each Tiger blocker took out a Patriot for Jayden Beck, who set sail down the right sideline for a 35-yard gain. Beck carried the ball in for the score on the next play, heading to the right, cutting against the grain and evading Patriot defenders for the touchdown. Aung Min hit the point-after kick and Huron led 7-0.
Douglas’ next possession was even shorter, as Huron linebacker Ryan Janes stepped in front of a Severson pass and returned it to the Patriot 41, putting Huron in business in excellent field position.
Beck and Tyson Lien shared the carries down the field and quarterback Cade McNeil took it to the doorstep, where Beck punched in his second score of the half, from one yard out, and Huron took a 14-0 lead to the half.
Douglas went four and out in its first possession and Huron responded after holding the Patriots on fourth down, by moving quickly down the field. The Tigers overcame a holding penalty and McNeil capped the 10-yard drive with a touchdown run.
The teams traded possessions and on the second Douglas possession, the Patriots began ripping off chunks of yardage and moved into Huron territory. The drive ended, however, when Carter Hott intercepted a pass and was marked down at the Huron 2-yard line.
Facing a long field, the Tigers went to work on the ground, as Lien and McNeil followed their blockers and used some nifty misdirection plays to move quickly down the field. Lien carried the ball on the final three carries and chalked up runs of 21, 19 and one yard, the last one for the score with 6:12 in the game.
But Huron wasn’t done, as Douglas fumbled the ball on the first play from scrimmage, putting the Tigers first and 10 from the Douglas 44-yard line. Backup quarterback Dylan Lichty, who scored a conversion run earlier, hooked up with receiver Teagan Pfitzer on a 14-yard pass and catch, the Max Kranzler carried the rock 27 yards to set the Tigers up first and 10 from the Patriot 11.
Lien again followed by-the-book blocking on the left side of the field and scampered untouched to the endzone for the final score of the game.
Huron ended the game with 319 yards on the ground, with Beck, who sat out the second half, rushing for 100 yards on nine carries in the first half, while Lien carried 16 times for 106 yards, mostly in the second half. Both backs had two scores. McNeill added 86 yards on eight carries and a touchdown and Huron was 4-12 through the air for 42 yards. Huron had 17 first downs in the game and forced four Douglas turnovers.
Tyler Clark rushed for 106 yards for the Patriots, who only had 189 yards in total offense. Severson had 39 yards on 11 carries and was 1-8 through the air for 28 yards and two interceptions.
Huron is back in action on Friday night, when the Canton C-Hawks come to Tiger Stadium for the Tiger Homecoming game, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Score by quarters
Douglas 0 0 0 0 — 0
Huron 0 14 8 14 — 36
4:01 - H - Jayden Beck, 15-yard run. (Aung Min PAT)
:50 - H - Beck, 1-yard run. (Min PAT)
4:48 - H - Cade McNeil, 15-yard run. (Dylan Lichty conversion run.)
6:12 - H - Tyson Lien, 1-yard run. (Min PAT)
3:27 - H - Lien, 11-yard run. (Min PAT)