The Freeland Falcons entered the playoffs for the twelfth straight season, and they opened play against Shepherd. The Bluejays are a familiar foe, as they spent many years in the same conference as Freeland, before moving to the Jack Pine Conference before the start of the 2019-20 school year. Coach Townsend and Freeland had a great game plan, and the players executed it beautifully in a 35-6 victory for the Falcons.
Bryson Huckeby got the party started for Freeland with his ability to pass the football. He capped off a nine play, sixty six yard drive with a eleven yard pass to Jack Dreyer. This fourth down conversion gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of play.
In the second quarter, Freeland embarked on another lengthy drive. This time, they took eleven plays and covered sixty three yards of the field. Jacob Kundinger ran the ball in from nine yards out to extend the lead to thirteen points. On the next scoring drive for Freeland, Huckeby again made a key play on fourth down. He took to the air once more and found Trey Morgan for a fifteen yard touchdown, capping off a ninety yard drive. Before the half was over, Huckeby and Morgan again paired up for a touchdown. This time, the score was from forty five yards to give Freeland a 28-0 advantage.
The running clock came into effect during the third quarter. It kicked in following Jack Dreyer‘s thirty four yard touchdown run that made it 35-0 in favor of the Falcons. This running clock lessened the amount of possessions in the second half, but Shepherd was able to find the end zone before it was done. Sawyer Travis broke through the defense for a seventy six yard touchdown run to prevent the shutout. Other than this lapse, the Freeland defense was stellar as they forced three interceptions in the victory.
Next week, Freeland will take on Ogemaw Heights. The Falcons defeated Midland Bullock Creek 28-19 in their opening game. By virtue of having more playoff points, the Falcons will be at home next week for this district title contest.