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NORTHERN GEARS UP FOR THE REGIONALS
Joseph Hayes, Port Huron Times Herald Published 5:58 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018 | Updated 9:05 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018
(Taken from an article written by Joseph Hayes, Times Herald November 8, 2018)
Warren De La Salle (9-2) at Port Huron Northern (10-1)
For the second consecutive postseason, Warren De La Salle will travel to face Port Huron Northern. Last year, De La Salle defeated Northern 50-0, to clinch a Division 2 district championship at Memorial Stadium. The Pilots went on to win a state championship.
This time around, Northern is an experienced, mature team that should give the Pilots a big challenge. Northern enters the game winners of nine consecutive games, while De La Salle has won three straight.
"We are just preparing like we always do every week," Northern coach Larry Roelens said. "We look into what strengths and weaknesses they have. It's one of those things where we will have to adjust after we see what they give us.
"Both teams run the ball a little bit and have a strength with their defense. So it will be key with their defense and run game against our defense and running game."
Just like last year, this year's contest will also likely come down to big plays, turnovers and penalties. Each team has relied on its defense throughout the season. DeLaSalle allowed more than 20 points only twice this season, had two shutouts and allowed less than 10 points in nine games. Northern, meanwhile, is playing some of its best defensive ball in school history.
The Huskies haven't allowed a team to score more than 18 points all season and will enter the game playing with confidence.
"When you give up big plays, it's a big momentum swing for the kids," Roelens said. "They scored on big plays last year, and the biggest thing for us is to execute and keep it close and see if we have a chance to pull it out in the fourth quarter.
"Home field has been awesome for us, being in front of our fans in the community. The kids love it. Instead of staying on the bus and driving an hour, we can go about our normal routine."