The Port Huron High School football team has its back squarely up against the wall.
The Big Reds are 2-4 and will need to win their final three games to qualify for the post-season. That road won’t get any easier this week, when the Big Reds travel to Macomb Area Conference White Division leader Romeo.
The Bulldogs are 6-0 and will give Port Huron yet another stiff test. Port Huron failed well last week against Warren Mott, but narrowly lost 18-13.
“It felt good last week,” Port Huron junior quarterback DeAngielo Sanderson Jr. said. “We played together. We were really close to breaking a few big plays here and there. I had a fumble that they didn’t score off of but it shifted momentum.
“We have to all come together and play as one. Both sides of the ball have to make plays. I knew we had it in us. We set a goal to go out there and leave everything on the field. This week we are looking to come out on top and make even bigger plays.”
Two weeks ago it was the offense that led the way in the Big Reds victory over Roseville. Last week against Mott, the defense stood out. Now the Big Reds hope both units can enjoy their best game.
“I think the last two weeks, we have played our best two games of the year, which is encouraging,” Port Huron coach Ryan Mullins said. “We keep moving forward and the thing we have talked about is we are happy with the effort and the way we are playing but we can still find ways to play better. It’s going to take more against a really good opponent.
“We have had a lot of moving parts with guys moving around because of injuries. We have had a lot of new guys from week to week. Guys have now been in positions for a couple of weeks. They have gotten a lot of quality reps and we were close last week. Special teams played pretty well. The trick is to get all three units playing their best at the same time.”
After this weekend, the Big Reds will play a pair of games that should be even match-ups for the team. That leaves tonight’s encounter against Romeo as possibly the make it or break it game of the season.
“We just have to concentrate on coming together as a team so we can win and make the playoffs,” Port Huron running back Jermaine Drake said. “I think I approach every game the same. We want to beat every team. I don’t think any game is different.
“I think playing against better competition will just make us better. We can play with the best teams in the state.”
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