Eagle Grid Notes
* The Frankenmuth varsity football team’s 28-22 triumph at Millington moves them to 7-0 and their 23rd consecutive win in the Tri-Valley Conference East Division since 2014. It was ‘Muth’s third straight win over the Cardinals and FHS holds a 25-20 lead in the series.
* The Eagles are in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season and will compete at MHSAA Division 5. As of press time, FHS would likely face Freeland, Carrollton or Swan Valley in the playoff opener.
* Beating Millington will bolster the Eagles’ playoff points, as the team hopes to host at least one if not two playoff games. The team sits at 88.190 points. However, Bay City Central was stunned Friday by Bay City John Glenn when the Bobcats scored 21 straight points for a 28-24 win. Central fell to 3-4 overall this season after being a playoff team in 2016.
* Next up is Caro and the Eagles will play the Tigers a final time in the TVC East. Caro is leaving the East for the Greater Thumb Conference. Frankenmuth has played Caro more than any other opponent, meeting 58 times. FHS is 47-11 overall in the series. Caro is 2-5 overall this year and they will be the Friday, October 13 Homecoming foe.
* Frankenmuth will end its season with another home game, welcoming nonconference Freeland on October 13. The Falcons are 5-2 and they could face FHS again in the playoffs – third time in four seasons.
* Let’s take a quick look at the 2018 schedule, which was recently released. Next year, the Eagles have five home games, opening at home with Bay City Central and closing with a trip to Freeland. They will also take on a pair of Tri-Valley Conference Central teams, traveling to Swan Valley August 30 and entertaining Midland Bullock Creek for Homecoming (October 12). FHS is 9-2 against Bullock Creek and 12-10 against Swan Valley. New TVC East school Carrollton will visit on September 21, as they switch from the TVC Central to the East. In addition to Caro, North Branch is also leaving the East for the Bluewater Area Conference.
* The junior varsity and freshmen continued to put wins in the victory column. The JV squad beat Millington, 35-14, and the freshmen defeated Swan Valley, 26-20. The entire FHS football program is 21-0 overall and have outscored their opponents, 833-307. The varsity has scored 274 points against 124 points, the JV squad 370-123 and the freshmen are 189-60 with three shut outs.
* For the season, the varsity Eagles have rolled up 2,885 yards of total offense – 2,239 yards rushing and 646 passing. The team has run 337 plays (8.6 yards per play) with 133 first downs, 40 touchdowns and making 28 of 43 PATS. ‘Muth has converted 21 of 47 third downs, 5 of 10 on fourth down and are averaging 22:46 time of possession. They have 17 fumbles, losing 10.
* Defensively, opponents have just 1,664 yards of total offense – 521 yards rushing and 1,143 yards passing. They average 4.3 yard per play of 384 plays, 98 first downs, converted 22 of 83 third downs and 4 of 26 on fourth down. Eagle defenders have 17 sacks for a loss of 128 yards.
* Individual leaders include quarterback Zach Jacobs, 24 for 46 for 641 yards passing, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. He has rushed for 726 yards on 109 attempts with 14 TDs. Five others have over 100 yards this season, led by Alec Yagiela, 46 carries 565 yards; Ryan Khan, 23 carries for 238 yards; Hunter Schluckebier, 26 carries for 225 yards; Kevin Heinzman, 19 carries for 178 yards and; Karrington Riggins, 26 carries for 162 yards.
Nick Hartman is the leading receiver with six catches for 187 yards, followed by Yagiela with five receptions for 125 yards and Khan with three grabs for 98 yards.
Mario Whitley has seven kickoff returns for 183 yards and Conner Campbell has four punt returns for 99 yards.
Defensively, Nate Stone has 76 tackles, followed by Campbell with 50 tackles and Luke Scharrer has 40 tackles. Scharrer has 5.5 sacks out of 16.5 sacks for the team. Drew Martin has three of the team’s six interceptions.
The junior varsity and freshmen will be on the road this Thursday, October 12. The JV gridders will play at New Lothrop at 6:30pm and the freshmen will head to Caro for a 6pm contest.