ROGERS CITY-As two of the three North Star League teams sitting at 2-0, the Alcona and Rogers City football teams have reason to feel good.
As both coaches are quick to point out however, the season is still young.
"I feel great and everyone else does too, but it's just two games and it's too early to get excited," Rogers City coach Tim Nagy said.
After the two teams play tonight at 7 p.m. in Rogers City, one of them will join Whittemore-Prescott as the only two undefeated teams in the league.
Rogers City is off to its best start since 2009, but the Hurons will face their toughest test yet in Alcona. Aside from outscoring two opponents 105-0 in two games, the Tigers have been unstoppable on the ground. Their running quartet of Nathan Fettes, Garrette Norling, Josh Mead and Cody Franklin has amassed 912 yards on just 58 carries-a whopping 15.7 yards per carry.
Nagy plans on doing everything he can to put the brakes on Alcona.
"We're going to try and tackle everyone coming out of the backfield because they're very good at running the ball," he said.
Rogers City will be without starting sophomore quarterback Quintin Kelly, who had an appendectomy earlier this week. In his place seniors Jack Ryan and Chris Lopez have been taking snaps and both could see time under center tonight. The Hurons will likely lean on Lopez's multi-positional talents and look for Jacob Malocha and Cameron Urban to lead them out of the backfield.
On paper, the Hurons could be considered a bit of an underdog in tonight's matchup, but Alcona coach Dave Schneider isn't taking them lightly.
"I watched their first two games and I thought it was a big win for them against Onaway last week. We've got respect for them," Schneider said. "I'm not forgetting that we only beat them 14-0 last year. They have a lot of different looks and the defense comes right at you."
Alcona has been on a torrid pace offensively, but has managed to put up huge yardage while sharing the wealth. Fettes, Mead and Norling each have 16 carries on the year and Franklin has 10. All four of them have benefitted from the Tigers' offensive line. Center Tony Dubay has been a solid anchor on the line in the last few seasons and Carson Jamieson, Alec Neumann and Lucas Weichel are among those players who have done a good job opening running lanes so far this season.
"This is what we try to do," Schneider said. "We have four really talented kids and a really talented offensive line that knows what we're doing."
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