**ARTICLE BY JOSH LONGSTRETH**
The Freeland Falcons picked right up where they left off last week against the Alma Panthers in their TVC opener. The Falcons got off to another quick start on a Sam Talaga 5-yard touchdown run, and with a successful PAT try this gave Freeland a 7-0 lead. The Falcons struck again shortly, on a Nick Harrington 3-yard touchdown run. This would give the Falcons a 15-0 lead after their 2-point conversion. The first quarter ended with Freeland leading 18-0 over the Panthers after a 30-yard field goal by Ethan Gosen.
Ty Fournier ripped off an 11-yard touchdown run that would give the Falcons a 25-0 lead early in the second quarter. On their next drive, it would take the Falcons just one play to punch it in, as they got a 38-yard touchdown from Talaga. Alma would finally get into the scoring act on a Cade Sutherland 12-yard touchdown run. This would make it a 32-6 ball game, but shortly after, the Falcons roared back. This time, it was Evan Vasicak joining the party with a 29-yard touchdown run. The Falcons, believe it or not, were not done yet in the half. They struck again on an 83-yard touchdown pass from Talaga to Fournier. Freeland would cruise into the half with all the control in this one, 45-6.
Alma would score in the third quarter on a Sam Rosales 32-yard touchdown pass to Sutherland. That would be all for the third quarter, and heading into the final act, it was still Freeland ahead 45-14.
The fourth quarter would belong to Freeland. First, a 21-yard touchdown run by Caden Gerensy made it 52-14 Freeland. Owen Case would get in on the action with a 5-yard touchdown run of his own. That’s where it would end, as Freeland cruises in this one, 59-14 over the Panthers.
It was a game in which Freeland was able to dominate the line of scrimmage again on both sides of the ball. The defense recorded three sacks in this one. David Tuley came up with two interceptions in this one. Fournier finished with 143 yards receiving, along with 32 yards on the ground. Vasicek carried the ball for 91 yards. Talaga was impressive in the air in this one with 162-yards passing.
The Falcons will head into next week at 2-0 to face a Bridgeport team who took it on the chin in week to fall to 0-2. Alma will look to heal their wounds as they head back home for a week 3 matchup with the Bay City John Glenn Bobcats. Alma will head into that matchup at 0-2, while the Bobcats sit at 1-1.