The Frankenmuth Eagles went on the road to Alma, and faced a sloppy field condition after the heavy rain. Regardless, the Eagles slugged their way to a 22-7 win over the host Panthers. In the opening quarter, the Eagles twice drove inside the Alma 10 yard line, only to come away scoreless. First, they turned the ball over on downs at the 2-yard line. Later, after a Dayne Reif interception returned down to the three yard line of the Panthers, they turned the ball over on their own interception. The first quarter ended up scoreless.
In the opening of the second quarter, the Eagles again drove down to the Alma 4 yard line, only to turn the ball over on downs. On the ensuing Panther possession, the Eagled forced a punt. Brenden Marker blocked the kick and Drew Titsworth recovered at the 4 yard line. On the next play, Cole Lindow scored on a 4-yard run.
At the 3:40 mark of the second quarter, Alma’s Sam Rosales completed a pass to Delvon Pasco-Ward from six yards out, giving Alma a 7-6 edge. On the next Eagle possession, Frankenmuth turned the ball over on an interception deep in their territory, giving the Panthers a golden opportunity to increase their slim lead.
The Eagles’ defense stood tall and forced four consecutive incompletions. On the first play after the defensive stop, Cole Lindow plowed his way through the mud, trekking 75 yards for a rushing score. Lindow added the two point conversion, and the Eagles regained the lead 14-7, a lead they would take into halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Frankenmuth broke through near the ten minute mark of the fourth quarter. Cole Lindow added his third touchdown of the game, a 2-yard run, and he added the two-point conversion to up the Eagle lead to 22-7.
The Eagle offense totaled 310 yards of offense to the 138 yards for Alma. Lindow led the rushing department with 171 yards on 19 attempts. The Eagles controlled the clock with a 31:29 to 16:31 time of possession advantage. Dalton DeBeau was the leading Eagle tackler with six tackles. The win guaranteed Frankenmuth a share of the conference title, and they look to win the title outright next Friday against the Essexville Garber Dukes on Homecoming, in a game broadcast live on Bally Sports. Alma will look to bounce back against Bridgeport.