Harrison may have lost the game, but the Hornets made certain that Gladwin went home from Friday’s Jack Pine Conference football game with a scare. Ultimately though, Flying G’s scored a late touchdown to win 27-20, clinching Gladwin’s first playoff appearance since 2007.
“I thought we could have won,” Harrison head coach Mike Petrongelli said. “Our players now play with confidence and determination. I am very proud of how this group of young men have worked and improved.”
After a scoreless first quarter Gladwin and Harrison both scored touchdowns in the second, with the Hornets getting a six yard touchdown run by Cody Rodgers to make it 6-6 at the half.
Both teams scored in the third quarter as well to make it 13-13 after three, with Jake Walraven running in from one yard out and Jacob Stuhr adding the extra point to give Harrison it’s score.
Gladwin went ahead 20-13 early in the third quarter, though Stuhr tossed a 10 yard pass to Randy Johnson and added a Walraven extra point to make it 20-20.
The Flying G’s scored a touchdown to go ahead 27-20 with 2:34 left in the game and though Harrison had the ball at midfield with all three timeouts left, were unable to amount another scoring drive.
Rodgers finished with 77 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, Ryan Johnson ran four times for 72 yards, Stuhr ran 10 times for 38 yards and Walraven ran 14 times for 32 yards and a score. Stuhr completed six-of-12 passing for 44 yards and one touchdown with Randy Johnson catching five balls for 37 yards and a score.
Bret Coughlin led the defense with seven tackles, Nate Lipovsky had six, Ryan Hubbard and Dylan LaPorte both had four tackles. LaPorte had two fumble recoveries with Hubbard adding one.
Harrison (2-6 overall, 2-4 JPC) plays at Farwell (2-6, 0-6) on Friday. The Eagles lost 16-14 to Houghton Lake last week though have won the last two meetings between the squads.
“We have to keep improving and play this game with the confidence and determination as we have played our last four,” Petrongelli said.