This season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Saline football team. The Hornets graduated the majority of its offensive line, its quarterback and several defensive players.
In addition to the graduation, the Hornets scheduled one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the state with three state qualifiers, including a defending state champion.
Following a hard-fought loss in the opener to 2nd ranked Chippewa Valley, the Hornet did not give up and defeated the defending Division 4 state champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central in week two and they have rolled ever since.
Saline rolled through the SEC Red and easily took care of Ypsilanti Lincoln who at the time was state ranked and leading the SEC White.
Friday night they traveled to Grand Blanc to face another state ranked team and once again the Hornets were impressive and rolled over the Bobcats 31-7.
Saline dominated from the start taking a 28-0 lead and cruising to the easy win.
The Hornets outgained the Bobcats 407-173 in total yards, including 302 yards on 49 carries on the ground.
MJ Griffin put Saline on top with a 24-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Joel Klomega made it 14-0 with a four-yard scoring run in the second and added a one-yard TD run with under two minutes to go in the half to make it 21-0 at the break.
Hayden Scott made it 28-0 with a four-yard run in the third before Grand Blanc would finally get on the board to make it 28-7 late in the third.
JT Turner added a 23-yard field in the fourth to finish up the scoring.
Brendan Munday led the Hornets offense with 142 yards rushing on 20 carries and one catch for 54 yards.
Griffin finished with 89-yard rushing, Scott 28 and a score, Klomega 27 yards, and two scores. Brendan Murphy caught four passes for 40 yards.
Alex Morrison led the defense with six solo tackles and five assists.
The Hornets may have gotten a break when the Division 1 playoff brackets were announced. they were sent to the West bracket where they were given the number one seed in the region, meaning Saline could have up to three home games in the playoffs. The one issue with the west region is the majority of the teams are more than 75 miles away and the MHSAA has a rule that schools that are 75 miles or more apart will play their games on Saturdays. Therefore the game this week against Kalamazoo Central is at 1:00 PM Saturday.