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Muskrat D having historic season | USA Today High School Sports

It’s well known that Algonac is in the middle of a historic season.

The Muskrats are 7-0, giving them the program’s best start since 1972. They clinched a share of the Blue Water Area Conference title on Friday night with a 21-7 win against Almont, something they have never done. If all of the good things ended today, and Algonac finished the year 7-3 (not likely to happen), it would be a win total that has only been bested three times since 1950.

There are plenty of reasons for this turnaround. This year’s team has quite a bit of experience, as many players were forced into action a year ago. The offense can beat you equally on the ground or through the air, something that seems simple, but isn’t all that common in high school.

The biggest reason, however, might be the Algonac defense, which was remarkable again on Friday, and is in the midst of a season that will bring up a lot of the same historic parallels already mentioned.

Through seven games, Algonac has allowed 53 points (7.5 per game). It’s the best defense Algonac has played since – you guessed it – 1972. That year, the Muskrats allowed 51 points in eight games (6.4 per game).

It’s not just points the Muskrats are stingy with, as they’ve held opponents to an average of 151.7 yards per game. Five of Algonac’s seven opponents have been held below 200 yards of total offense, while three have been held under 100.

Almont gained 153 total yards on Friday, but 54 of those came on the Raiders first drive of the game, which doubled as their lone touchdown drive.

“They played very well tonight, and they’ve done that all year,” Algonac coach Scott Barnhart said. “They play team defense. We don’t have a great huge superstar that makes all the plays for us, we just have 11 guys that play very, very well together, and it’s fun to watch.”

Vikings rolling

After a 1-2 start, Marysville has found its groove. Up until Friday night, you could have easily pinned that on the scheduling easing up, but not anymore.

Marysville’s 48-21 win against then Macomb Area Conference Gold Division leader Sterling Heights was its fourth straight 20-plus point victory. It was also a statement that the team we had ranked No. 1 in the preseason has rounded into form.

The Vikings got it done almost solely on the ground, running the ball 58 times for 419 yards, while throwing just twice – albeit with the one completion going for a 6-yard touchdown. Ryan Ellul led the rushing attack with 235 yards on 28 carries.

Playoff picture

Richmond clinched a playoff spot with its win against Capac, joining Algonac and Sandusky as area 11-man teams to have clinched a playoff berth.

Marysville and Croswell-Lexington are now one win away, as each won its fifth game. Marine City, Port Huron Northern and Marlette all sit at 4-3.

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