Port Huron Northern’s football team got the momentum-building win it was looking for this past week when it defeated Warren Woods-Tower.
Now they get to try and keep that going.
“The kids are excited, they’re ready to roll now that we’ve got the monkey off our back,” Northern coach Larry Roelens said. “We’ve had a great week of practice, the kids are excited, the kids are hungry. They’re believing in themselves that they can do it. That’s the biggest thing, they’re actually believing and they actually realize that, ‘If I do what I need to do and I work hard in practice, anything can happen.’”
The Huskies will look for win No. 2 Friday night at home against Warren Lincoln. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
A win in the Macomb Area Conference crossover game would give Northern a 2-2 record after it opened the season with a pair of losses.
Even after those, however, Northern felt it was close to turning a corner, and the 21-14 win against Tower — which featured a defensive score by Tyler Weigand and a pair of touchdown passes from Billy Fealko to Luke Bowman and Colby Nabozney — is a start.
“We’ve been talking to the kids and saying, ‘Guys, you have a chance to do something special,’” Roelens said. “What I’ve been preaching to the seniors is, ‘What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Your story has not been written yet, what kind of story do you want to leave behind?’
“Getting that W, our seniors are excited, our juniors are amped up. We’re just excited for Friday night.”
Lincoln enters the game at 2-1, winning its first two MAC Bronze games of the season – 13-7 against Center Line and 18-16 against New Haven. The two wins doubled the Abes total from a year ago, a season in which Northern defeated them 49-18 in Week 4.
“They’re an athletic bunch of kids and they have some speed in some areas,” Roelens said. “We’re just going to try and use that speed to our advantage. They over-penetrate a lot, they over-pursue a lot, so if we just stay solid and execute like we know how to do, and stick with our gameplan, it should be a good game, and we should be alright.”
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