By Mark Blentlinger
Schoolcraft and Constantine faced off again in round 1 of the MHSAA football playoffs. The Falcons came in remembering the last game they played at Roy Davis field, when Junior running back, Kobe Clark, set the state record with nine rushing touchdowns. The scoring started with a 37 yd passing touchdown from Sophomore Quarterback, Alex Thole, to fellow Sophomore, Jett Gott. With the extra point good, it was 7-0, just 1:20 into the game. The Falcons then ran down the clock with their wing-T offense to 1:11, before they were able to tie the score at 7. The Falcons then added to their score with a field goal, 6 minutes into the second quarter, going up 10-7. The score stayed at 10-7 into halftime.
The second half would see 5 more touchdowns between the 2 teams. The set up for the Eagles go-ahead TD, with a decision by Coach Ferency to go for it, on a 4th and 10, with 2 mins left on the clock. Thole took the snap and let it sail 30+ yds down the sideline as Sophomore, Jimmy Downs, pulled it in for an Eagle 1st down. Clark then released his speed and beat the Falcon corner back to the front corner of the end zone. The extra point split the uprights to bring the score to 28-24, with 1:08 left on the clock. The Falcons were unable to capitalize on the time they had left. They tried one last pass downfield which was intercepted by Clark, sealing the win and putting the Eagles into the District Championships. The District final will be played on Friday, Nov 2, against Delton Kellogg.
Coach Ferency told his players in the huddle, “That’s what great teams do, they never ever give up.”