The Freeland Falcons and their ten-year postseason streak were on the line Friday night as they took on Frankenmuth. Many believed that Freeland would clinch a spot regardless of the result, but with five wins they wanted to take matters into their own hands. A low-scoring affair resulted in a 15-8 win for Freeland, punching their ticket to the postseason.
This game started with a huge special teams play, as Freeland blocked a punt to give themselves great field position. They needed just four plays to cover twenty-seven yards, as Aiden West plunged into the end zone from a yard out to give Freeland an early 7-0 lead.
Frankenmuth showed their stripes by resiliently responding to the Freeland touchdown with a drive of their own. They marched eighty yards down the field before Conner Campbell’s three-yard touchdown run and ensuing two-point conversion gave the Eagles an 8-7 lead. Both teams had drives stall due to turnovers late in the half, so they would head into the locker room with the same score.
In the third quarter, again the punt defense team came up big for Freeland. They got pressure on the punter and he miskicked it to the Frankenmuth 30-yard line. Six plays later, Layne Moergelli scored from a yard out to give the Falcons a 15-7 lead.
The Freeland defense would hold strong in this one, not yielding a scoring drive in the second half. It was just the second time this season that Freeland held an opponent to single digit points, the other a shutout of Shepherd, but it could not have come at a more ideal time for the Falcons. This win gives them the all important sixth win of the season, punching their ticket to the playoffs for the eleventh straight season. Their opponent will be announced on Sunday during the MHSAA Selection Show. All of their playoff games will be broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio.