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Huron hoping for change; St. Paul hoping for repeat of history

Mark Hazelwood • Sep 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM

At the conclusion of Friday's St. Paul-Huron game at Kalahari Field at Memorial Stadium, each team was banking on different hopes entering conference play next week.

The Tigers benefited from six St. Paul fumbles (five lost) and two more key injuries to the Flyer offense and rolled to a 38-0 win. Kyle Pisano also continued his breakout year in the early going for Huron, finishing with 101 yards rushing (3 TDs) and 158 yards passing (1 TD).

On the Huron side, the Tigers are hoping the wind is changing. It was the first win over the Flyers since the series began in 2008, and it is the first time Huron will enter the Sandusky Bay Conference with a 3-0 record since 2007.

The Tigers will host Clyde next week, and are hoping for more change. Huron hasn't beat Clyde since 2004. With both teams picked 1-2 in the SBC yet again, one of the biggest games of the conference slate comes right away at Huron next week.

Meanwhile, the Flyers are 1-2 after three games and haven't suffered a regular season loss as bad as Friday's in 17 years. It was also the first time St. Paul has been shutout since a 7-0 setback at Tiffin Calvert in 2001.

But St. Paul is hoping to count on past tradition to carry through. This is far from unfamiliar territory for the Flyers, however:

• Started 1-3 in 2006 following two straight double-digit losses, ended in the state semifinals.

• Started 1-2 in 2005 following two straight double-digit losses, ended in the Region 22 championship game.

• Started 3-2 in 2004, following a double-digit loss, ended in the state championship game.

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