Folks, we’ve got ourselves a conference championship game on Friday.
When Marysville steps onto Memorial Stadium’s grass to take on Port Huron Northern, both teams will have one goal on their mind – winning the MAC Gold title.
The Vikings and Huskies each enter the game sharing the driver’s seat in the MAC Gold with a 3-0 record, but someone will be nudged aside on Friday night. With St. Clair, Marine City and Warren Woods-Tower tied at 1-2 and Lake Shore sitting at 0-3 in the conference, the winner of the Vikings vs. Huskies showdown will clinch the conference crown.
“We’ve had these goals set for us all season and to have this in front of us, we are excited and ready to go,” Marysville senior tight end Bradie Reary said. “It’s almost an unreal feeling.”
Marysville was part of the three-way title share last season with Marine City and Sterling Heights, but it’s been since 2011 – when it competed in the MAC Silver –they’ve won a conference title outright.
For Northern, their drought goes a tad further back as they last won a conference title in 2002 when a four-team tie divvied up the MAC White title. The Huskies haven’t won an outright title since winning the Eastern Michigan League in 1988, and the chance to make history is some added motivation.
“It will be huge,” Northern senior linebacker Logan Culp said. “2002 was the last time we got it, and It would be awesome to see that ‘16’ on (the banner).”
The Northern defense will need to have a solid game going against Marysville’s running back duo of Dante Chrcek and Phill Griffor. However, the Huskies D has proven to be dangerous as they’ve gone four straight games without giving up more than 20 points.
“We’ve really held our own in all the games we’ve played,” Culp said. “Our confidence is boosted every game.”
While the Vikings offense has received plenty of attention in their 41 points-per-game run, the blue and silver defense has also been a force this season too by allowing just 17 points per game.
“They’ve come together no matter what happens, if we face a running team or a passing team,” Reary said. “They’ve gotten the ball back in our hands so many times to have us score.”
In other MAC action:
-Port Huron (3-3 overall, 2-1 MAC Blue) can stay in the conference title hunt as they hit the road to face L’Anse Creuse (0-6, 0-3). With Cousino defeating Grosse Pointe North last week the Norsemen fell to 2-1 in the conference while the Patriots are now 3-0. With Port Huron hosting Cousino next Friday, it could be a chance to win a share of the conference title.
-Marine City (2-4, 1-2 MAC Gold) will look to grow its win streak to three straight games as the Mariners will travel to Warren Woods-Tower (2-4, 1-2). The Mariners have dominated the Titans more than any other team in its history, going a perfect 17-0 since first meeting in 1994.
-St. Clair (3-3, 1-2) is seeking to bounce back in winning fashion as they’ll host Lake Shore (1-5, 0-3). This could be a game where the Saints offense explodes again as the Shorians have given up at least 50 points in three games this season.