Atlanta ends Hurons’ season with 55-6 loss

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.

Cameron Urban makes a good effort to catch a pass in the Hurons 55-6 loss to Atlanta. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

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.

Mr. Football Jack Ryan gives flowers to homecoming queen Cassie Brege. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

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.

Jacob Malocha carries an Atlanta defender along for a big gainer for the Hurons. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

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)