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  • Huron running back Ian Robinson scored the first touchdown during his team's 49-8 victory against Summit Academy on what was opening night of the season for both teams. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
Thanks to a barrage of early points scored by Huron, Friday’s season opener against Summit was out of reach before the first quarter was over.

The Chiefs (1-0, 0-0 Huron League) were up 35-0 in the first 10 minutes of the contest and went on to a 49-8 victory against the visiting Dragons (0-1, 0-0 Charter School League).

Running back Ian Robinson got things started for Huron, as he took off on a 41-yard run deep into Summit territory and then followed it up with a 5-yard touchdown scamper at the 9:24 mark of the first quarter. Kicker Marco Marchionda nailed the extra point and was a perfect 7-for-7 on the night.

As the Dragons attempted to return the ensuing kickoff, Devin Collins stripped the ball and took it back the other way for six points. The play would end up being the first of four first-quarter turnovers for Summit and Collins’ first of two.

About three minutes later, Chiefs’ quarterback Matt Hartwick ran in a score from two yards out, which was set up by his preceding 41-yard run.

Soon after, linebacker Jake Gazalka picked off a pass and on the return wasn’t caught until he was just shy of the goal line. Logan Ritchie finished the job, as he came on with the offense and scored on a run from a yard out to make it a 28-0 game.

Big completions by Hartwick to John Wellman and Jamison Cobb late in the quarter led to the signal-caller’s second short touchdown run of the evening.

“It’s really big,” Hartwick said of his team’s performance and Week-1 victory. “We got a good push from our offensive line starting out. We’ve got to keep it going.”

A 55-yard interception return by Collins on the next drive ultimately led to an early second-quarter touchdown run by backup quarterback Miles Molnar.

Due to the lopsided score, quite a few players saw action in the game, including the 11 different Chiefs who had a chance to run the ball.

To finish off the scoring, linebacker Grant Wood picked up a fumble and raced deep into Summit territory. He then lined up with the offense and scored on a 6-yard run.

As the third quarter started, Summit got on the board with a long kickoff return for a touchdown by Craig Fowler and a successful two-point play, executed on a run by Donnie Allen.

Overall, the Dragons did come out stronger in the second half, as quarterback Shane Conn was able to make a few big completions.

For the night, the junior signal-caller finished 11-for-20 and threw for 135 yards, with Randall Micheaux catching six passes for 90 yards and Tazjaune Moore grabbing four balls for 25 yards.

Moore also looked good on special teams as Summit’s kick returner.

First-year Dragons Coach Vince Levigne said he has a talented group of players, but the team will have to continue working this season before things completely comes together.

“(We have a) new offensive system, new defensive system, new coaches,” he said. “We’ve got nine new starters on both sides of the ball; it’s going to take some time to gel.“

The Dragons will face Warren Michigan Collegiate next week on the road, which will kick off league action.

Next up for the Chiefs is the Huron League opener against Grosse Ile and the squad will be looking to avenge last season’s 28-3 defeat on the island.

While the team looked strong against Summit in Week 1, Chiefs Coach Dan Kalbfleisch said his squad will need to be hitting on all cylinders to have a shot at knocking off the Red Devils when they come to town.

“If we’re going to beat Grosse Ile, we’ve got to have everything going,” he said. “You can’t play half effort on one side of the ball, including special teams, you can’t have a lazy day on one of those sides of the ball and expect to beat Grosse Ile, they’re too good. “













Last Updated: 8/31/2014 12:18:29 PM EST

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