Devon Lynch will always remember turning 17-years-old.
On his birthday last week, Lynch’s teammates celebrated by taking his birthday cake and promptly throwing it in his face at the Big Reds team dinner. One day later, he had the game of his life while helping the Port Huron High School football team defeat Roseville, 64-43.
Lynch started the game off with a big play for the Big Reds, returning a fumble 15 yards for a score. But that wasn’t all. The senior linebacker added two interceptions and also two offensive rushing scores to help Port Huron end a two-game losing streak.
“I wouldn’t want to face him,” Port Huron quarterback DeAngielo Sanderson Jr. said.
“He’s a playmaker,” Port Huron offensive lineman Justin Tack added. “He makes plays all over the field.”
For most of the season, Lynch has been a defensive playmaker. But after the Big Reds experienced an injury in the backfield, his duties grew and he has become an instant offensive sensation.
“I played running back my sophomore year,” Lynch said. “I missed it. We had an injury and fortunately I got some carries. I really like going both ways. I don’t worry about getting tired. The coaches handle that. I just go all out and try to make plays.”
Each big play that Lynch recorded proved pivotal in the Big Reds victory.
“We have been asking him to play more downs and he just handles that really well,” Port Huron coach Ryan Mullins said. “He has a great approach to the game. He is real positive about things. He’s a great leader. He had a great week of practice on both sides of the ball.
“We were playing a team that runs a lot of slants and both of those interceptions came in the slant window. He played it well all week at practice and translated that into the game.”
With Port Huron gaining momentum and Lynch thriving on both sides of the ball, the Big Reds could be turning the corner in time for a postseason push. They will have another big test Friday when they travel to face Warren Mott.
“We were down in the gutter at 1-3,” Lynch said. “We really needed the win. Momentum wise, it is huge going into this week.
“We have to focus and keep watching film to know what’s coming. Communication is key. Everyone has to know what they are doing every single play or that’s when big plays happen.”
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