Harrison 53, Houghton Lake 45
By Ben Murhpy
Photo by Kim Langlois
The Harrison Hornets picked up their second win of the season Friday night, picking up a high-scoring 53-45 win over visiting Jack Pine Conference rival Houghton Lake.
“It is always great to win,” Harrison head coach Mike Petrongelli said. “The last three weeks our kids have played well. They are excited and keep working hard.”
Harrison’s Jake Walraven ran in for a thee yard touchdown and Cody Rodgers added an extra point for the only scoring in the first quarter.
The Hornets scored twice in the second quarter, first on a Rodgers two yard run and the second on a 12 yard touchdown pass from Jacob Stuhr to Randy Johnson. Walraven ran in the two-point conversion on the first touchdown with Stuhr running in for two on the second to put Harrison up 23-13 at the half.
Walraven ran in from 24 yards out, with Rodgers running in the two-pointer for the Hornets only score of the third quarter, keeping Harrison ahead 31-21 after three.
The night finished off with a wild fourth quarter, that saw the teams score a combined 46 points.
The Hornets finished the night with 341 yards rushing in the game, with 397 yards of total offense. Houghton Lake had 424 yards of total offense.
Rodgers scored on a five yard run, with Walraven catching a two-point pass. Ryan Johnson ran in from 40 yards out, with Stuhr kicking in the extra point and Rodgers ran in from 20 yards out, kicking in the extra point as well to end the game 53-45.
“We have made a few changes and have been working hard on blocking and faking,” Petrongelli said. “(It’s been) paying off.”
Johnson led the offense with 107 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, Walraven ran 16 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns, Rodgers had 12 carries for 65 yards and three scores, adding one reception for 13 yards.
Stuhr finished with 11 carries for 76 yards and completed four-of-five passing for 56 yards and one touchdown.
Johnson led the team in receiving, with three catches for 43 yards and one touchdown.
Nate Lipovsky led the defense with nine tackles and Ryan Hubbard had eight.
Harrison (2-5 overall, 2-3 JPC) hosts Gladwin (5-2, 4-1) tonight. The Flying G’s are coming off a 34-7 win over Farwell. Harrison won last year’s meeting between the teams 27-26.
“Gladwin is a very good team,” Petrongelli said. “We will have to play well and not make mistakes. We need to keep the ball away from them.”