The Freeland Falcons made their eleventh straight trip to the postseason as a result of defeating Frankenmuth last week. They opened their playoff run against Remus Chippewa Hills, who at 5-4 were making their eighth straight playoff trip. In a low-scoring affair, a special teams play in the first quarter went a long way in deciding the outcome, a 16-6 Freeland victory.
The Falcons defense started the day with a key stop, forcing Chippewa Hills to punt. Jaden Debeau sprung a big return that put the offense in the red zone. A few plays later, Carston Yaw got a fifteen yard touchdown run to get the Falcons on the board. Bryson Huckaby scored a two-point conversion pass to Jack Townsend to give Freeland an 8-0 advantage.
In the second quarter, Chippewa Hills responded with a 65-yard touchdown on a screen pass, as Dylan Sharp connected with Keron Lowery to bring the Warriors within two points. The defenses would hold and these two teams would be in a dogfight heading into the locker room.
Freeland opened the second half with a long drive that capped off with a touchdown. Jack Dreyer maneuvered through the defense for a 24-yard touchdown run. Aiden West’s two-point conversion extended the Falcons’ lead to ten points. The rest of the way, the defenses played well and the offenses played sloppy on both sides. There were penalties that stopped drives, and neither team was able to find the end zone again.
Freeland will now advance to the second round of the playoffs with their 16-6 victory tonight. Awaiting the Falcons next week will be Swan Valley, a fellow member of the TVC-Central. These two schools met back in Week 3, and Swan Valley dominated in a 41-3 contest. The Vikings are 10-0 on the season, and they advanced to the District Finals with a 41-7 win over Tri-County.