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Eagle Gridiron Notes
* They’re back! The Frankenmuth varsity football team will face Millington for the second time this season when the Eagles host the Cardinals for a 7pm MHSAA Division 5 District Championship game this Friday, November 8.
The two teams met in Millington October 4 and FHS came away with a 21-6 victory which paved the way for the Eagles to win the 2013 Tri-Valley Conference East Division title.
“Both teams will work hard to have their kids ready for the rematch,” FHS Head Coach Phil Martin said. “I am sure both teams will have adjustments and the group that executes will get another week of play. You can toss out the first game . . . all it is will be film to study at this point.”
Missing from the first match up was quarterback Caleb Wascher and running back Chase Maxon. In last week’s 28-21 win over Almont, Wascher was 5 for 7 for 99 yards and a touchdown while Maxon finished with 200 yards on 20 carries and two passes for 60 yards. He was in on three TDs.
* FHS is 21-18 overall against Millington but this will be the fourth playoff meeting between the two storied programs. In 1995, ‘Muth won at home, 42-14; in 2004, the Eagles fell 35-0 at Millington; and in 2005, Frankenmuth won on their home field, 42-22. Those three games were all first-round affairs so Friday’s tilt will be the first time for a second-round game.
* Frankenmuth won the TVC East for two consecutive seasons and since the overall TVC inception in 1979, they have a dozen championships – 1981, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007 and 2012-13. Three were shared. In terms of league records, the Eagles are 165-66 since 1979.
* The winner between Millington and Frankenmuth will face the winner between Muskegon Oakridge (9-1) at Reed City (10-0). Those two teams are also playing Friday night. Due to Frankenmuth’s playoff points, if they defeat the Cardinals, they would be the home team again.
* Long-time Eagle football statistician Al “Chick” Rodammer has contributed the stats, tidbits and program history for coaches, players as well as the News. Rodammer has Frankenmuth’s overall record at 391-147-4 for a .727 winning percentage. With a great season in 2014, the Eagles could crack 400 victories.
* However, a win over Millington on Friday would be the 200th home triumph. The home field record is currently 199-69-3 for a .743 winning percentage. All the games have been played on the current field, except the first game in 1956.
* The Eagle gridders have outscored their opponents 349-129 in 10 games for a 34.9 points average to 12.9 points against average. They have scored 100 of the 349 points in the third quarter and allowed nearly half of the opponent points – 62 – in the fourth quarter when the games have been salted away. The team has scored 50 touchdowns with 3,440 yards of total offense.
* Individual offensive leaders include running back Brian Stearns with 1,015 yards rushing on 109 carries and 17 TDs. Running back Jake Reinbold is second with 92 carries for 675 yards and five scores. Quarterback Nick Volk is 38 for 72 (52.8 percent) with 835 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Stearns is the receptions leader with 20 catches for 363 yards and three scores. Reinbold has eight grabs for 170 yards and two TDs. To date, Stearns has scored 136 points while kicker Aaron Krafft is 38 of 43 in PATS, made 1 of 5 field goals and scored one touchdown for 47 points.
* Defensively, Anthony Schurr has 59 tackles, followed by Alex Mawer with 58 tackles, Derek Warnemuende with 53 tackles, Krafft with 51 tackles, Nick Szczepanski and Jake Veitengruber with 48 apiece, Josh Stange with 47 tackles and Stearns with 42 tackles. Veitengruber has four interceptions while Tyler Janson and Krafft have two pickoffs each. Mawer is the tackles for loss leader with 18 for minus 47 yards and Stearns has a team-high seven sacks for 47 yards.