Varsity football falls in state Semifinals 20-0

Jake Heilman, Sports Editor in Chief

FHC’s tremendous season has come to an end. A turnover plagued game from both sides combined with a tough outing from the offense led to a 20-0 loss against the Patriots of Livonia Franklin.

With the Rangers receiving the opening kickoff, the offensive unit looked slow from the get-go as Livonia forced a quick three and out. That was the theme of the first half for FHC, as it would take them until late in the second quarter to get their first down of the game.

Franklin’s first offensive possession would take them deep into Ranger territory from their ground and pound offensive gameplan; the Patriots attempted to air it out on third and medium. The pass sailed over the flat route and straight to a diving Cam Deines. The junior corner would give the FHC offense their second possession of the game.

With the lack of offensive production, the FHC defense was kept on their heels throughout the night. Franklin scored their first touchdown with 5:24 left in the second quarter after a five yard touchdown run, making the score 7-0.

FHC went into the half down 10-0 and stunned after being shut out in the first half for the first time all season. They have been known to make second half adjustments all season long, but this afternoon was a different story.

FHC couldn’t find their groove offensively for almost the entire third quarter until a deep strike to senior Bryce Clay put FHC inside the Patriot 25. It was short lived, however, when junior Luke Majick was sacked by two Patriots and lost the football.

From there, Livonia never gave the Rangers another opportunity. A one-yard touchdown run made it 17-0 followed by a field goal a couple possessions later that put the icing on the cake.

The Rangers finish their season at 12-1, and hold one of the best seasons in the school’s history. Although it wasn’t the most optimal end, the team has overcome some incredible obstacles and put together the second winning season in a row after being caught in turmoil in previous years.