A hard-charging Atlanta Huskies football team stuck a 55-6 loss on homecoming night in Rogers City. The loss ended the Hurons’ season at 3-6 while the Huskies stand at 5-4.
Atlanta cashed in on Huron mistakes and ran up some big plays in the game. The Huskies went up 8-0 on a six-play drive set up a 29-yard run by Jacob Chambers. Following a 57-yard punt by Quintin Kelly, Chambers struck again. This time he took a handoff 62 yards for a touchdown. Atlanta led 16-0 with 11:06 left in the second quarter.
An interception set up the next Atlanta score. The Huskies marched 53 yards in seven plays, keyed by a 26-yard run by quarterback Taylor Juergens as Atlanta built a 22-0 lead.
But the Hurons answered with their only score of the day on the ensuing drive. Kelly completed his only pass of the day on a third and seven. He avoided a heavy rush and found senior Chris Lopez for a 14-yard gain. Then junior halfback Jacob Malocha carried three times in five plays, including a darting 14-yard touchdown run.
From there, it was all Atlanta, as they scored 33 unanswered points to come away with a possible playoff-clinching win.
Atlanta score two plays into the second half, set up by a 40-yard run by second-string quarterback Seth Teets. The visitors scored on their next possession, following a three-and-out possession by the Hurons. Six running plays covered 62 yards, capped by a four-yard keeper by Teets running the lead to 36-6.
Forced to punt again after three plays, the Hurons gave up a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown on the next possession. Atlanta led 43-6 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.
The Huskies made it 49-6 returning an interception for a touchdown with 3:01 left in the third quarter. Atlanta connected on a 36-yard pass for the finals score with 2:34 left in the game.
(More in the Oct. 31 edition of the Advance)