Marine City senior Zach Coverdill runs the ball during a football game Friday, October 9, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Port Huron.
With their backs pressed against the wall, the Mariners fought the night away at Memorial Stadium.
Needing to win the rest of its games to lock up its 18th straight playoff berth, Marine City (3-1 MAC Gold, 4-3 overall) beat Port Huron Northern (2-2, 4-3) to the tune of a 41-13 win.
Thanks to Marysville’s win over Sterling Heights, the Mariners are still in the MAC Gold title chase as all three of those teams have a 3-1 conference record. Next week neither team will face each other, so a three-way title share is still possible.
Next week Warren Woods-Tower faces Marine City, St. Clair travels to Marysville and Port Huron Northern plays Sterling Heights. If the Mariners, Vikings and Stallions win, they lock up at least a title share.
The leading man on the ground was Marine City sophomore Dawson Haney, who ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Ryan Alexander also gave the Mariners 120 yards and one touchdown.
For Northern, the yards came from the arm of junior quarterback Billy Fealko, throwing for 165 yards and a touchdown.
The Mariners got straight to business, grounding and pounding 279 rushing yards in the first half.
Alexander, who had 105 of those first-half rushing yards, kicked off the scoring with a 29-yard run to make it 6-0 after a missed kick.
On the next drive it was Haney’s turn to shine by scoring on a 10-yard run. Two plays earlier he cranked out a 42-yard run to put the Mariners deep in Northern’s territory. The kick by Jensen Houston was good for a 13-0 lead.
The second quarter started with some man-sized defense by Marine City, stuffing Northern twice on the one yard line to force a turnover on downs. Just like that, the Mariners constructed a 99-yard drive that ended with a 15 yard run by Matt Badke, making it 19-0 after a missed kick.
Northern responded with a scoring drive that included four completions by Fealko and a four-yard touchdown run by Travis Hughes, making it 19-7 with 8:14 left in the half.
The Huskies were moving the ball well later in the quarter, but an interception by Marine City’s Alex Kelley halted the drive. Instead, the Mariners used a quick three-play drive and a 27-yard running score by Haney to take a 26-7 lead into halftime.
Halftime didn’t fade the Mariners’ energy in the slightest, moving the ball downfield at will and getting an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kelley from Kohle Sobol. The made kick turned the contest into a 33-7 Mariners lead.
The Huskies got their second and final touchdown of the night on a short three yard pass from Fealko to Steve Mason. The missed kick kept it at 33-13.
The Mariners kicked off the fourth quarter with a five-yard touchdown scamper by Sobol, also converting on a two-point conversion to make it 41-13.
Week 7 Scoreboard
Marine City 41, PH Northern 13
Romeo 40, Port Huron 7
Marysville 48, Sterling Heights 21
St. Clair 14, Warren Woods-Tower 0
Algonac 21, Almont 7
Richmond 35, Capac 6
Yale 48, Armada 0
Cros-Lex at Imlay City
Sandusky 34, Brown City 12
Marlette 49, Memphis 12
Mooney at Star International
Burton Madison at Deckerville
Kingston at Peck
C-PS at Dryden