The Freeland Falcons and Alma Panthers began their TVC slates on Thursday in the friendly confines of Alma, Michigan. Both teams entered this week after large non-conference victories, and Freeland was able to continue their momentum with a 40-7 victory.

Alma opened the game with the football, but their opening drive ended with a turnover. Ty Fournier stepped in front of the Panthers’ pass and he ran down the field for a 33-yard touchdown. On Freeland’s next offensive possession, the Falcons increased their lead. They marched 68 yards in five plays, and Garrett Pistro capped off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run. Pistro would add the two-point conversion to extend Freeland’s lead to 14.

The Falcons weren’t done in the opening quarter, as Bryson Huckeby and Jacob Kundinger connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass. Freeland took advantage of three Alma turnovers in the opening quarter, creating a 20-0 lead in the process.

In the second quarter, Freeland scored twice more. First, Huckeby and Alex Duley paired up for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Later in the quarter, Jacob Kundinger powered across the goal line from two yards out. These scoring plays gave Freeland a 33-0 lead heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter’s opening possession, Alma finally got on the scoreboard. Jonathon Crouch stepped in front of a Falcons pass, and he went ten yards for a score. This would be the only Alma scoring play all day. Freeland would finish the night with one more score, as Huckeby and Daniel Duley connected for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Huckeby was extremely effective spreading the wealth through the air, as he found six different receivers throughout the game.

It was a remarkable night for the Freeland defense, as they allowed zero points. They played lockdown pass protection, with Conrad SchultzGabe Blanchard and Ty Fournier leading the defense on Thursday night.

Freeland, 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the TVC, will host Bridgeport next Friday in their home opener. Alma, now 1-1 on the season, will travel to Bay City John Glenn.