By Mike Williamson – firstname.lastname@example.org
A dominating first half is all that was need Friday night for the Saline football team as the Hornets racked up 35 first-half points on its way to a 35-0 win over Ann Arbor Huron.
The win over Huron improved the Hornets record to 6-1 overall on the season and 4-0 in the SEC Red and sets up a winner take all league championship showdown with Monroe (6-1, 4-0) Friday night.
Against the winless River Rats, the Hornets scored all the points they would need in the first quarter.
Just over four minutes into the game Brendan Munday broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run. JT Turner nailed the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Munday scored his second of the game with under a minute to go in the first to make it 14-0 after one and the Hornets cruised from there.
Joel Klomega scored from 13 yards out in the second, while Andrew Arbaugh had a 12-yard TD run and connected with Brendan Murphy on a nine-yard scoring pass to make it 35-0 at the half.
The Hornet defense was dominant, holding Huron to just 66 yards in total offense, including -6 yards rushing. Saline outgained Huron 232-66 in the contest.
Arbaugh finished 8-15 passing for 101 yards, a TD pass, and rushing touchdown.
Murphy caught four passes for 62 yards and a score. MJ Griffin caught one for 33 yards and Grant Sitterly on for 11.
Munday finished with 125 yards on 10 carries and two scores. Klomega finished with 10 yards on three carries and a score.
Monty Green led the defense with five tackles, while Kyle Greenwood, Brad Wisniewski, and Jonah Ashby each had four.
The sixth win of the season qualified the Hornets for the state playoffs. Pairings will be announced Sunday, October 21.