The Frankenmuth Eagles made program history in 2020 by advancing to the State Championship game, ultimately falling to Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the final game of the year. In their quest to return to Ford Field in 2021, they got off to a strong start Thursday with a 28-14 win over the Goodrich Martians.

Playing at Atwood Stadium in Flint, neither team scored in the first quarter of action. Goodrich’s Gavin Hart put the Martians in front with a short quarterback keeper. Sam Barger evened the count with a 98-yard kickoff return for Frankenmuth. This is a new Eagles’ record, breaking the old school record of 93 yards held by Scott Jacobs in 1987.  These two teams took the 7-7 count to the locker room.

Michael Carter intercepted a screen pass for Frankenmuth and thirty-nine yards later, he was in the end zone. Frankenmuth’s defense was a stronghold in this game, recording seven total sacks.

Cole Jankowski stepped up in the fourth quarter, as he rushed for a 3-yard touchdown and also intercepted a Goodrich pass. He and Cole Lindow each finished the night with 126 yards rushing.

Next week, Frankenmuth will host Swan Valley in the opening TVC game for both teams. Goodrich hosts Linden next Thursday in another non-league contest.