The goal for the Port Huron football team to close out its season was to send its seniors out the right way. Mission accomplished.
Port Huron rolled to a 42-0 win Friday night against cross-town rival Port Huron Northern at Memorial Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for the Big Reds in the series, and second shutout in three years.
The game finishes off a 3-6 season for the Big Reds, who faced a brutal schedule that included three true home games, Friday night’s neutral site game and five road games. Northern finishes the year 4-5 in its first year under coach Larry Roelens.
Port Huron caught a break early on and took advantage, recovering a muffed punt at the Northern 3-yard line and cashing in two plays later on a DeAngielo Sanderson Jr. 1-yard run. Jon Miller’s kick put the Big Reds up 7-0.
Miller added a 31-yard field goal later in the first quarter to put his team up 10-0.
Midway through the second quarter, the Big Reds extended their lead with a 10-yard pass from Sanderson Jr. to Clay Carter, making the score 16-0. The drive took nearly 6 minutes off the clock and lasted 13 plays, all runs outside of the touchdown.
Port Huron had a chance to extend the lead again late in the half, but a Michael Burrell interception in the endzone kept Northern out of further trouble.
After a long drive for Northern that came up empty to start the second half, the Big Reds added two more scores in the third quarter. Devon Lynch and Jermaine Drake scored on a pair of 1-yard runs to put their team up 29-0 after three. Drake’s touchdown was set up by a Khrent Lavergne interception deep in Port Huron Northern territory.
Lynch added his second score of the night early in the fourth quarter, a 3-yard run that made it 36-0 and start a running clock.
Austin O’Hare added a 20-yard touchdown in the final 2 minutes, which he set up with a 68-yard run one play earlier.