The Falcons of Freeland already found themselves guaranteed a playoff spot by virtue of winning six of their first eight games. In their final tune up for the postseason, they were facing a Chippewa Hills team that hoped to be considered for an at-large bid. They entered this game at 4-4, so they needed a Week 9 win to have any shot at qualification. A strong fourth quarter lifted Freeland in this game, as they took home a 25-21 victory over the Warriors.
Jack Dreyer got the scoring started in this one. After a twelve play, fifty-five yard drive, Dreyer was able to convert a twenty-nine yard field goal to give the Falcons an early lead. They would extend their lead to ten when Aiden West plunged through the line for a one yard touchdown. Before the first quarter ended, Chippewa Hills was able to trim the margin on a six yard touchdown run by Koronte Lowery.
The second quarter saw significantly less scoring, as only one team was able to add points to their total. Freeland went on a nine play, fifty-nine yard drive to score a touchdown on a twenty two yard run by Jacob Kudinger. This gave the Falcons a 17-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the momentum shifted to the Warriors. They took up six minutes when they had a fifteen play, seventy-four yard drive to start the quarter. Mason Brockless ran three yards to cap off that drive with a touchdown. Less than a minute of game time later, Chippewa Hills took the lead. They had a thirty three yard pass from Dylan Sharp to Lowery, giving them a four point advantage entering the fourth quarter.
After a short punt in the fourth quarter, Freeland got the football in favorable field position. A thirty five yard run by Kudinger set up the offense for an Aiden West two yard touchdown. After the kick was blocked, the Falcons lead was just two points. After a defensive stop, the Freeland offense had an impressive drive to kill the clock. They ran five and a half minutes off the clock before eventually turning the ball over. When Chippewa Hills got the ball back, they had just thirty five seconds to go eighty five yards. A pair of sacks put this game away, including a safety by Dreyer on the quarterback Dylan Sharp.
This was the 100th career win for Freeland head coach Kevin Townsend, a remarkable feat in his career. Since taking over in 2006, the Falcons have reached the playoffs twelve times. They have also won double digit games in four of those seasons, including three district titles. The Falcons will look to build on all of those marks when they start that twelfth straight playoff run next week. Their opponent will be announced Sunday during the MHSAA selection show.