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North’s Jeremiah Skinner, No. 28, gets some work during the second half of the Norsemen’s lopsided win over Port Huron Northern. Photo by Paul Kania
October 24, 2013
Rebounding from two ugly fourth-quarter collapses, Grosse Pointe North’s football team ended its losing streak after a dominant showing, smacking around Port Huron Northern 49-0, on Senior Night.

The victory was head coach Frank Sumbera’s 190th, in 32 years as head coach of North’s football team, and it came on a night where the Green and Gold faithful said goodbye to 31 seniors.

“The kids played well, for a full four quarters, and some solid defense too.” Sumbera said, beaming. “Tod was excellent tonight, and we had a couple of key passes from Robinson to Sal. I’m real pleased.”

The host Norsemen dominated the Huskies behind a solid ground game. Senior running back Tod Long had a field day, running for 215 yards on just 15 carries. Three of those resulted in touchdowns, from distances of two, six, and 58 yards. Junior quarterback Daniel Robinson had a typical Daniel Robinson type day, going 3-of-7 through the air for a pedestrian 69 yards. However, two of his completions were for touchdowns to senior wide receiver Sal Ciaravino, including one from 18 yards out when Ciaravino came back for a reception before muscling his way over a Husky defender for the score.

The defense was also dominant, holding Port Huron Northern to just 85 yards of total offense.

The defense was lead by junior linebacker Odell Snyder (seven tackles, one sack, one pass break-up), senior linebacker Jon Bevier (six tackles, two pass break-ups), sophomore linebacker Lawrence Bryant (five tackles), and junior corner David Gerlach (two tackles, two pass break-ups).

Grosse Pointe North finished 3-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division and in third place, and improved to 5-3 overall.

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