Huron football unsatisfied after historic victory over Monroe
ANN ARBOR – Antaiwn Mack was happy with the result but saw room for improvement on Friday.
Third-year Ann Arbor Huron Football was impressed to watch its River Rats roll past Monroe at 38-14 to advance to 4-1 and give them their first win over the Trojans.
Despite the big win, which also brought the River Rats four wins in a season since 2009, Mack acknowledged that there were moments in the game that needed to be cleared up in order to achieve their goals this season.
“I have the feeling that we haven’t played a 48-minute game yet,” said Mack after the win on Friday. “We have to stay focused and be disciplined on the track. We’re going to be playing against some good football teams on the track, so if we make it big, we can’t self-destruct in the second half. We have to keep pushing and keep going back to the drawing board. “
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Although the River Rats had two losses and more than 15 penalties, it was still a dominant performance after Monroe took the 7-3 lead after the first quarter.
Huron didn’t flinch, and scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter after a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Anthony Pinnace to Torrence Greene, a 6-yard TD led by DeVeion Mcllley and a 1-yard rushing score of Pinnace to get in the front half 24-7.
The River Rats added a Pinnace touchdown to Jamari Thomas in the third quarter and a 23-yard TD from Pinnace to Brandon Johnson in the fourth quarter to claim the one-sided victory.
Pinnace said he took responsibility for making sure the River Rats looked after business after a slow start of flipping properties for the first quarter of a row.
“I just kept my head up and kept motivating the team to let everyone know that they are better than them and that they can’t beat us,” said Pinnace.
Pinnace has been an integral part of Huron’s turnaround as a program since arriving two years ago.
He said the team’s success this season shows the growth of the program and hopes they can continue that momentum.
“We’re getting more mature,” he said. “We practice hard and take it one game at a time. We don’t think about the next game, but about the game that is right there with us. “
Huron will have another chance to showcase their progress as a program when they host Dexter (4-1) next week.
The Dreadnaughts defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 69-13 on Friday and Mack knows his team will have to fix the mistakes in order to extend their winning streak to three games.
“This is definitely huge for the program,” he said of the team’s success. “I don’t want to diminish the win or the confidence, but I also have to correct them and continue to translate into the reality that we have to keep playing better if we want to keep winning.
“It’s great for the program and great for high school morale, so we have to keep making people proud here. We have a good football team, but if we want to beat Dexter next week we have to correct our mistakes. “
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