**ARTICLE BY SEAN MASSA**
Mason County Central saw their season begin with a tough challenge, the Frankfort Panthers. They battled early, but ultimately bowed out in a 33-14 defeat.
The first quarter of this game saw each team score a touchdown, with Mason County Central entering the second quarter with an 8-6 lead after a successful two-point conversion. The second quarter would see no change on the scoreboard, and these teams headed to the locker room locked in at 8-6 the favor of Mason County.
Frankfort came out of the gates running, both literally and figuratively, in the second half. They would have two touchdowns in each of the third and fourth quarters respectively, while their defense shut the Spartans down, only allowing them to add six points late in the fourth.
This game was dominated by both teams on the ground, as both squads eclipsed 175 rushing yards. Peyton Merz paced Mason County Central in defeat with 87 yards on 19 carries. Frankfort would see their offense rush for 185 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
The difference in this game came on the defensive side of the football, as Frankfort saw their defense produce three interceptions and one fumble. Further, their special teams unit added one turnover themselves with a blocked kick. Despite winning the all-crucial penalty battle, Mason County moves to 0-1 on the season. The Spartans will look to bounce back against Manistee. Frankfort will face off against Mancelona.