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New Boston Huron ousts Redford Thurston in Division 3

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News

New Boston — A hook-and-lateral with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter sealed a 38-29 win for New Boston Huron over Redford Thurston in a Division 3 regional title game Friday night.

Matt Hartwick completed 8 of 16 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown for Huron (11-1).

Jacob Fryer rushed 17 times for 117 yards and a touchdown.

"He just gets better every week," Huron coach Dan Kalbflesch said "Every time someone spies on Matt or tries to do a special defense to take away Matt, Fryer has a good day."

Fryer also was credited with the go-ahead touchdown after taking the lateral from Devin Collins on the pass from Hartwick — 43 yards total.

"That was so much pressure," Fryer said. "I saw three guys coming at me all at once."

Travis Wessenberg was 15-of-37 for 226 yards for Thurston (8-4), and Laymon Giddings-Whatley carried 10 times for 95 yards and three touchdowns.

"In a game like this when they have a solid offense and we have a solid offense, it's going to be a back-and-forth game," Thurston coach Bob Snell said.

Both teams punted on their first drives of the game.

Huron opened the scoring with 3:47 left in the first quarter — a 3-yard run by Fryer. He set up the scoring play with a 16-yard run.

Huron added to its lead with 5:01 left in the second quarter — a quarterback keeper by Hartwick from less than a yard out. With 9:36 left in the first half, Giddings-Whatley scored from 1 yard out to put Thurston on the board.

Al Willman is a freelance writer.