Hillman wins big over Hale; Hurons move to 3-0 for first time since ’09

HALE — The Hillman football team continues to enjoy its transition to eight-player football as the Tigers poured it on another opponent, this week traveling to Hale and blowing out the Eagles 58-6.

Quarterback Kory Henigan led the offense going 8 of 11 though the air with 205 yards and three touchdowns. Gunner Mellingen continued his stellar play, reeling in four passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Gage Steinke added three catches for 45 yards and a score.

Caleb Sanders led the Hillman rushing attack, carrying the ball nine times for 108 yards and reaching pay dirt twice. Nash Steinke rushed the ball three times for 66 yards and a score.

Mellingen recorded 15 tackles and Andrew Gardner had seven tackles and three sacks to lead the defense.

“We played well tonight, but we have a few things to clean up before next week,” Hillman coach Cody Allen said. “Our offensive and defensive lines led the way for us tonight and did an excellent job.”

The Tigers will square off against Au Gres who will also enter Week 4 with a 3-0 record and the Wolverines will likely have revenge on their mind after Hillman upset them in the first round of the playoffs last year.

Rogers City 54, Mio 0

MIO — The Rogers City football team traveled to Mio and put it to the Thunderbolts as the Hurons scored in nearly every way possible, beating Mio by a final score of 54-0.

Seven of Rogers City’s starters found the end zone and the defense ran back three intereceptions for touchdowns as Kaleb Budnik had two pick six’s and Jeff Ellenberger had the other.

Quarterback Caleb Bade tossed two long touchdowns to receivers Jalen Fleming and Ethan Hincka as the Hurons improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009, which was also the last time Rogers City made the playoffs.

“It feels good to be 3-0, but we’re taking it game by game and week by week,” Rogers City coach Jesse Fenstermaker said. “We’re not going to rest and we’re going to continue doing everything we can to win as many games as possible and make sure we get into the playoffs. We know not to look too far ahead and the kids understand that.”

The Hurons travel to Mancelona in Week 4.