The Freeland Falcons entered Week 8 in relatively unchartered waters. The strong success they have had the past few seasons has rarely left them searching for playoff security in the eighth week of the season, but this season was different. With undefeated and state ranked Frankenmuth looming in Week 9, the Falcons knew that the matchup against Carrollton was crucial to clinching a playoff berth. 

It was a slow start for Freeland on Friday night, as they spotted the Cavaliers a lead early. Two touchdowns put Carrollton up 12-0 early in the second quarter, as O’Vontay Vickers and Jalen Myles found the end zone. The Falcons were resilient and they fought back to get back in front of the Cavaliers. Garrett Metiva started the scoring with a twelve yard touchdown to cap off a sixty-one yard drive. On the next drive, Elijah Vlassis found Jayce Bouchier on a eight-yard strike to put Freeland in front 14-12 at half time.

The third quarter was more of the same for Freeland, as Metiva started the scoring with a one-yard run. This drive was possible due to the second consecutive successful pooch kick to keep the offense on the field. Jacob Foco’s 25-yard touchdown run put Freeland up by sixteen headed to the final quarter.

Garrett Metiva’s third touchdown of the night, a five-yard run, capped off a thirty-five point run for the Falcons that led to a comfortable lead. Though Carrollton would score one late touchdown, it was not nearly enough, as Freeland emerged as 35-18 winners. With the win, Freeland qualified for the playoffs for the tenth straight season with at least a six win season. Next week, they wrap up the regular season by taking on Frankenmuth, who is 8-0 on the season.