The Freeland Falcons started their eleventh straight playoff run with a win over Remus Chippewa Hills last week. This week, the Swan Valley Vikings stood in their way of a district title. This was a tall task, as Swan Valley dominated them in the regular season. Although they started out hot, Swan Valley ultimately was too much for Freeland in this one. The Vikings won the district title by a final of 55-10.
In the first quarter, Freeland started the scoring with a 31 yard field goal by Jack Dreyer. This gave the Falcons a 3-0 edge. This lead was short lived however, as Swan Valley’s Terryon Lydell caught the ensuing kickoff and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings would never again relinquish the lead.
Both teams would score again before the first quarter ended. Swan Valley scored on a 37 yard run by Chase Mendoza to extend their lead to 14-3. Freeland responded with a 25 yard pass from Bryson Huckeby to Jayce Bouchier. This cut Swan Valley’s lead to 14-10.
In the second quarter, it was all Swan Valley. The Vikings kicked off the scoring with a thirteen yard pass from Alex Fries to Ethan Champney. On their next drive, Chase Mendoza added to the lead with a 67 yard touchdown run. Deon Sanders would carry the ball 39 yards to the end zone to extend the lead to 35-10 Vikings. Before the quarter ended, Fries again connected with Champney for a 12 yard pass. This final touchdown gave Swan Valley a 42-10 halftime edge.
The second half only saw two touchdowns, both scored by Swan Valley in the third quarter. Deon Sanders’ 48 yard touchdown run started things in the second half for the Vikings. The final touchdown came as a result of an interception by Ethan Champney. He picked off the ball and returned it 39 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. This gave Swan Valley the 55-10 score the game would end with.
With this win, Swan Valley clinched the district championship for the second straight season. They advance to next week’s regional finals where they will host Reed City. Followers of our site have seen the Coyotes in a handful of articles this year, and they know that at 10-0 they are one of the top teams in the state. This will be a tremendous matchup next weekend at Swan Valley.