By Ben Murphy
Harrison’s trend of playing teams tough early on only to let the game slip away continued Friday night, as the Hornets fell to visiting Roscommon 30-8 in both team’s Jack Pine Conference football opener.
“We keep improving and playing hard,” Harrison head coach Mike Petrongelli said.
The Bucks jumped ahead 16-0 in the first quarter, getting a one yard run by Hunter Mires and a three yard jaunt by Brett Jobin. Caleb Jernigan ran in both two-point conversions.
The Hornets responded with a five yard touchdown run by Jake Walraven in the second quarter, with Walraven also running in the two-point conversion to make it 16-8 at the half.
Roscommon padded its lead with a one yard touchdown run by John Miller, with Miller also running in the two-pointer to pull ahead 24-8 after three.
The Bucks closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter, getting a 56 yard run by Jernigan.
Roscommon outgained the Hornets 438 yards to 184 in the game, with 384 of those yards coming on the ground.
Walraven led the Harrison offense with 50 yards and one touchdown on eight carries, Cody Rodgers ran nine times for 33 yards, Jacob Stuhr had 33 yards on eight tries and was one-of-nine passing for two yards.
Nate Lipovsky had nine tackles to lead Harrison’s defense, Ryan Johnson had seven, Clay Dennis had six and Justin Yager had five tackles and one interception.
Harrison (0-3, 0-1) plays at Meridian (2-1,1-0) Friday night. The Mustangs are coming off a 52-0 JPC win over Farwell last week.
“I am looking for us to keep improving,” Petrongelli said. “We need to make the big plays at the critical times. Our offensive line is young and needs to keep working together. Meridian is improving and we will have to play our best.”
Meridian won last year’s meeting between the teams 49-21 and have won the last five meetings.