Loss by the Fenton Tigers Eliminates Them from Football Playoffs

Fenton, MI — November 6, 2020

The Fenton Tigers entered Friday nights Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) playoff game against North Farmington confident after a big win last week over Walled Lake Central.

Tiger Football / Lasco Press Photo

The Tigers were undefeated at 7-0 on the season while the North Farmington Raiders owned a record of 4-3. The Tiger band rallied the team and those present with their pregame show and National Anthem.

Fenton Tigers Band / Lasco Press Photo

The Raiders curbed some of the enthusiasm when they scored on their first two possessions a field goal and a touchdown made the score 10-0 after the 1st quarter. The next few series showed the defensive character of both teams before North Farmington added another touchdown to make it 16-0 midway through the 2nd quarter.

Lasco Pass Photo

Fenton finally got their offense going just before the half scoring two touchdowns, the 2nd with just 13 seconds remaining. The 16-14 score was shaping up to be a real battle after halftime. Then the impossible happened.

Lasco Press Photo

The Fenton kick-off traveled to the end zone and the Raiders started from their own 20-yard line. A thirty-yard pass play and a facemask penalty against the Tigers left the ball on Fenton’s 35-yard line with 3 seconds to play. A wing and a prayer toss to the end zone was answered with a Raider reception and a 23-14 halftime lead. A huge momentum swing as the teams went to their locker rooms.

The Second Half

The Tigers never recovered from the 2-play, 80-yard miracle the Raiders pulled off in the closing seconds of the first half. A lackluster 3rd quarter resulted in another North Farmington touchdown. Upping the Raider lead to 30-14.

Fenton put forth a valiant effort and managed to score twice in the 4th quarter, but so did North Farmington. The final score, 44-28, ended the Tigers’ perfect season and eliminated them from the 2020 playoffs.

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