On Friday night the Falcons of Freeland hit the road for a contest against the Panthers of Standish-Sterling. This game was big for Freeland, as they needed to get back in the win column to get on the playoff track. In a back and forth contest, the Falcons had just enough offense to hold on for a 27-21 victory.

Freeland got a strong start to this contest, as they returned the opening kick all the way to the Standish 30 yard line. Just four plays later, they scored on a 29-yard pass from Elijah Vlassis to Jayce Boucher. This would be the only scoring in the first quarter, a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the teams traded a pair of touchdowns. Standish-Sterling tied the contest with a 21-yard pass from Shane Deder to Kenny Adrian, but the lead was retaken by Freeland on a seven-yard rush by Garret Metiva.

Standish-Sterling once again responded in the third quarter, as Deder kept the ball on a 57-yard rush to even the score at fourteen. Neither team would score the remainder of the fourth quarter, leaving the teams tied into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, Freeland got on the board first with a touchdown by Layne Morgeli scored on a 47-yard touchdown run to put the Falcons up seven. They would expand their lead to thirteen points when their next drive resulted in a one-yard touchdown score by Garret Metiva, his second of the night.

Standish-Sterling would respond with a touchdown by Deder, as he again found Kenny Adrian for a 21-yard touchdown strike. They would get the ball back with a chance to tie the game, or potentially take the lead with under a minute to play. They advanced the ball to the Freeland 40-yard line, before they threw four straight incompletions to end the ball game.

With the win, Freeland improves to 5-2 on the season, leaving them one win short of the postseason. Next week, they will look to clinch their spot in the playoffs with a win against Carrollton, who will enter next Friday’s game at 6-1, winners of four straight.

SCORING SUMMARY

QUARTERSCORESCORING PLAY
1FREE 7-0Vlassis 29yd pass to Bouchier
27-7 TiedDeder 21yd pass to Adrian
2FREE 14-7Metiva 7yd run
314-14 TiedDeder 57yd run
4FREE 21-14Morgeli 45yd run
4FREE 27-14Metiva 1yd run
4FREE 27-21Deder 21yd pass to Adrian