The Swan Valley Vikings had another phenomenal regular season, winning six of their nine games, earning their eighth straight playoff trip. One of their blemishes was a three point defeat against Frankenmuth, a loss that cost them the TVC-Central title. On Friday night, the Vikings were able to get revenge on the Eagles and earn the more important tophy, the district championship.
On the very first drive of the game, Swan Valley wasted zero time in finding the end zone. Ethan Champney ran through the Frankenmuth defense for a fifty five yard touchdown run to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead within the first fifteen seconds of the game. Their defense would play stellar in the first half, holding the Eagles out of the end zone. This gave them a 7-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Midway through the third quarter, the Vikings extended their lead. Avery Goldensoph broke off a long run of his own, and the thirty eight yard dash made it 14-0 Swan Valley. The defenses’ stellar play continued, pitching a shutout in the third quarter as well.
In the opening minute of the fourth quarter, the Eagles were able to find the end zone. Senior Chris Mills was able to cap off their drive with a two yard touchdown run to bring the game within seven points. The Vikings got a much needed insurance touchdown with 2:23 to play when Goldensoph punched it in from a yard out, extending the lead to 21-7. Frankenmuth began a drive to make this game interesting, but senior Trent Alworden stepped in front of a pass and intercepted the ball, sealing the 21-7 win.
Frankenmuth’s season ends with this defeat, and they finish the year with a 9-2 record. For Swan Valley, the dream is still alive. The Vikings are now 8-3 on the year, and they are district champions for the third straight season. They will try to advance to their third straight semifinal with a victory next week. Standing in their way of this feat in the regional finals matchup will be the Almont Raiders. The Raiders are 11-0 on the season, and their stout defense has allowed just 109 points on the season, while scoring 475. They advanced by defeating Marine City 22-20 on Friday night. The regional final matchup will take place at Almont High School next Friday night.