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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How many days until the basketball season starts?