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Big Reds hope to build on momentum | USA Today High School Sports

How does a football team improve on a performance where it scores 64 points and runs for over 400 yards on the ground?

It simply aims to do it all over again.

The Port Huron High School football team took a big step forward last week as it stampeded past Roseville, 64-43.

The Big Reds scored touchdowns on offense and defense and dominated the line of scrimmage with 481 rushing yards. Now Port Huron (2-3) is set to face an even bigger test, as the Big Reds will travel to face Warren Mott.

The Macomb Area Conference crossover is essential for the Big Reds if they hope to make the postseason. Mott (4-1) plays up a division in the MAC Red and will be hungry after dropping its first game of the season last week.

“I still think after watching film that we left a score or two out there,” Port Huron coach Ryan Mullins said. “As an offense we have to have the mentality that it’s our job to score points. I think the offensive line executed very well and for the most part we took care of the ball.

“We blocked the line of scrimmage and created big plays in the backfield. Our No. 1 goal is to always control the ball in the run game, which gives us opportunities in the passing game which we did a better job with. Running the ball gives you opportunities to throw the ball too. I thought (quarterback) DeAngielo (Sanderson Jr.) played one of the best games of his career, taking care of the ball and leading the team. We did a nice job offensively and I think he did a great job leadership.”

As crazy as it might sound, the Big Reds will need to play even better this week against a tough opponent that also has a great offense. Warren Mott has scored more than 30 points each game.

“We have to keep working together,” Port Huron offensive lineman Justin Tack said. “Everyone has to do their job every play. We have to come out and play an all around game. We have to have the same confidence and same mentality. Every game is a playoff game. We have to win.”

The Big Reds will have a good chance to build upon last week’s momentum if the offense continues getting big plays.

Port Huron got a huge game from Jermaine Drake, who had 16 carries for 309 yards (19.3 yards per carry) and Sanderson Jr. rushed 17 times for 131 yards.

“We played consistent,” Sanderson Jr. said. “We played as one and for each other. That is how it should be every week. Big Red football is smash mouth, run the ball down our opponents throat and every once in a while get passes.

“We have to play together again. That’s the best type of football when you rely on someone and trust they will get the job done.”

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