The Freeland Falcons continued their 2018 season this week as they hosted their annual “Clash for the Cure” game. They started sluggish in this contest, but eventually they came to life in the fourth quarter. This was enough for the Falcons to earn their fourth win of the season, a 17-14 win over Standish-Sterling.
In the first quarter, Standish-Sterling started the scoring with a three-yard run by Braeden Holbrook. The defenses would hold for the rest of the first half, and a majority of the third quarter. This left the score 7-0 Panthers.
Freeland’s offense finally clicked as Ben Wellnitz threw a ball that was tipped by Jack Townsend into the hands of Jayce Bourcier. Bourcier would go fourteen yards for the touchdown to pull Freeland within one. The two-point was unsuccessful however, leaving Standish-Sterling ahead 7-6.
Standish-Sterling would start the scoring in the fourth quarter as they put together an eighteen play, eighty-five yard drive. Landon Jennings’ four yard touchdown run would put the Panthers ahead by eight points.
The Freeland Falcons were once again resilient however, and they responded. They put together a thirteen play, eighty-yard drive of their own that saw a pair of key fourth down conversions. Carston Yaw finished this drive with a fourteen yard touchdown run. On the two-point try, they went to Yaw again and he punched it in to even the game at 14.
After getting a key stop, Freeland had the football with the ability to win the game with any points. Their drive would stall however, forcing the Falcons to punt. On the punt, the Panthers’ return man was unable to hold onto the football and Freeland would recover on the 14. This set up the 35 yard game-winning field goal by Jack Dreyer to give Freeland a 17-14 victory. This is the second victory that came down to the last possession or overtime this year for the Falcons, showing their true grit and resiliency.
With the victory, Freeland sits a 4-1 on the year. Next week, they continue TVC-Central play against Midland Bullock Creek. Standish-Sterling falls to 1-4 on the season, and they will take on Shepherd next Friday night.