FHC Varsity Football Loses to Greenville in the Final Seconds 35-34

FHC Varsity Football Loses to Greenville in the Final Seconds 35-34

Sean Wing, Sports Reporter

Head coach Tim Rogers had a choice to make. FHC goes for two points to win, or they go for one point to tie the game and send it into overtime.

FHC varsity football (3-1) was 3-0 for the first time since 2012 and was looking for a 4-0 start for the first time since 1999. Last night, they lost a back and forth game to Greenville (3-1) 35-34.

On the final drive of the game, the Rangers were trailing 35-28 with 47 seconds remaining in the game. Junior Bryce Clay provided a spark with a long kick return. Senior quarterback Tanner Hallock marched FHC down the field, hitting senior wide receiver Jack Uecker twice on the sidelines to stop the clock.

With 18 seconds left in the game, Tanner threw a fade to junior receiver Brennen Bouma. Brennen fought through contact and hauled in a 21-yard touchdown to put the Rangers down one, 35-34.

That is where the score would stay; the two point conversion attempt failed, as Tanner was sacked in the backfield.

Bryce was a major factor for the Ranger offense, catching three touchdowns. He also caught a handful of passes and racked up yard after yard. Senior receiver Jack Uecker was also a main target and he moved the chains when FHC needed it most.

“Our offense played very well,” coach Rogers said. “We marched up and down the field and when you score 34 points, generally you win a football game. I thought the offense played really well.”

Greenville’s offense was a force to be reckoned with. They ran the ball over and over until FHC proved they could stop it. Greenville had a lot of size on both the offensive and defensive lines and they showed it on Friday night.

“They out-physicaled us a little bit,” coach Rogers said. “They have some big, strong guys in there and they pushed us around. We didn’t hold up against their run game.”

Senior defensive back Nick Beaumier echoed coach Rogers about Greenville’s size. Although, he thought FHC had an advantage when it came to speed, Nick said they simply did not execute when they needed to.

“They have a lot of big guys,” Nick said. “They have two division one players that have a lot of size to them. But, we still could’ve stopped them. We had speed on them, but when it came down to it, we weren’t as prepared for it as we should’ve been. We had a lot of missed tackles, we have to break down better and keep our heads up.”

Coach Rogers said one of the main reasons the Rangers are having so much success early on is because of senior leadership.

“We have great senior leadership,” coach Rogers said. “They do a good job leading us on and off the field. They work really hard and they lead by example. We have a lot of good football players, starting with our seniors. They’re carrying us right now, they have us on their back.”

The Rangers look to bounce back next Friday, as they head to Northview to take on the Wildcats.

“I know that they have been good in the past,” coach Rogers said. “I think they’re struggling a bit right now, but I know there’s a lot of good football players, along with a good coaching staff, so we’re going to have to come ready to play.”