Huron’s Tyler Kleinsasser avoids being tackled by a pair of Douglas defenders during the opening half of their game Friday at Tiger Stadium. In the next photo, Huron’s Drew Lucklum moves in to make the sack against Douglas quarterback Tucker Severson during their game Friday. And next, Huron’s Lucas Morrison follows the lead of lineman Ry Solem during a return in their game Friday night against Douglas. The Tigers inked their second win of the season with a 40-6 victory. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — Thirteen senior players on the Huron Tiger football team had the opportunity to ring the victory bell at the south end of Tiger Stadium following the final regular-season home game of their high school careers on Friday.
The Tigers built a 34-0 lead in the opening half en route to a 40-6 victory against the Douglas Patriots.
“It was a great way for our seniors to close their final regular-season home game,” Huron coach Mike Postma.
“I am very proud of the way they played tonight and they way the rest of the kids stepped up following a great week of practice.”
The Tigers used their rushing game to set the tone early. They took their opening drive and marched it 65 yards for a touchdown.
Lucas Morrison capped the opening drive with a 21-yard touchdown run to give Huron a 7-0 advantage.
Huron’s defensive unit was equally impressive as it was able to hold the Patriots scoreless for much of the opening half.
“Our offensive and defensive lines established control and that was huge for our success,” Postma said.
The Tigers added to their lead with two more touchdowns before the end of the opening quarter.
Tyler Kleinsasser scored on a 17-yard run and Will Carr connected with Caleb Carr on a fade route in the back of the end zone for 15 yards to make it 21-0.
Kleinsasser and Morrison each scored again in the second quarter to build Huron’s lead to 34-0.
Kleinsasser broke free down the middle of the field for a 29-yard touchdown and Morrison scampered 11 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
The lone touchdown for Douglas came before the opening half ended and was the result of a 29-yard run by Aaron Murphy to make it 34-6 at the half.
The sizable advantage, enabled the Tigers to get plenty of new faces into the mix during the second half.
The lone points of the second half came on a 4-yard run by Zac Brown to give Huron its final margin of 40-6 with 2:40 to play in the third quarter.
“This was a huge game for the Tigers,” Postma said. “The rose to the occasion and stepped up and played well in all part of the game – offense, defense and special teams.”
Huron racked 344 yards of total offense, including 277 yards on the ground.
Morrison led the way with 110 yards on eight carries, while Kleinsasser finished with 78 yards on seven carries. Brown had nine carries for 59 yards and Will Carr had 24 yards on four carries.
“We were coming in with the game plan that we had an idea we could run the ball against them, but we also wanted to throw the ball some,” Postma said.
Will Carr put the ball in the air seven times and connected with his target on five occasions for 67 yards pass.
Connor Gose, who was the leading tackler for the Tigers, also had a fumble recovery. Houstyn Heinz and Morrison each had an interception.
Huron, which is now 2-4, will travel to play Aberdeen Central at 7 p.m. on Friday at Swisher Field.
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