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Warriors Lose First Game on Last Second Field Goal

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The last game of conference play turned out to be a cliffhanger for the Warriors. Grass Lake (7-0) was on the road playing Michigan Center (4-3). The Cardinals were in a must win situation if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive. With a win the Warriors would claim the Cascade Conference title out right, with a loss the title would be shared with the Napoleon Pirates.

The Cardinals came out in the first quarter firing on all cylinders and held the Warrior offense down. The score was 7 -0 in favor of Michigan Center at the end of the first-quarter.

Grass Lake bounced back in the second quarter with back to back touchdowns. First a 2 yard run from Coppernoll and then a 25 yard pass play from Lutchka to Cochream. Sherwood with both of the PAT kicks, going into halftime the score was 14 -7 in favor of the Lakers.

Michigan Center scored first the second-half notching up the score to 14 apiece.  Then with 5:43 left to play in the game Michigan Center took the lead on the longest play of the game with the 78 yard run. With their backs against the wall the Grass Lake offense took possession and drove the ball down the field using a trio of running backs and finally scoring a touchdown with just two minutes left in the game the Warriors decided to go for the two point when Luke Coppernoll surged into the end zone to take the lead 22-21.

With less than two minutes to go on the clock and down by only one point the Cardinals stormed down the field trying to get into field-goal range. With only 0:02 seconds left on the clock MC split the upright on a 27 yard kick and took the win away from the Warriors 22-24.

This week Grass Lake travels to Springport to do battle for the Big Eight vs. Cascade Conference Crossover Championship trophy.

As Always GO Warriors!!

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