Lake Fenton – Playing its first game on its new turf field, the Lake Fenton varsity football team gave its fans a thrilling contest to witness on Friday night.
Unfortunately, the end result wasn’t ideal. Ida broke a 20-20 tie with a 35-yard TD pass from Jaxson Gianino to Owen Sampson with 16 seconds left, earning a 26-20 victory against the Blue Devils.
Lake Fenton had one more chance to score, but a sack ended the contest.
“I thought we played well,” Lake Fenton varsity football coach Marty Borski said. “I thought we played hard. I thought we played hard as nails. This team grew up a lot tonight. It just seems we are not quite there and I didn’t help. I had a delay of game penalty on the 15-yard line and it absolutely changed the game. We turned it over down there and that’s on me.”
Borski is talking about the possession before the Bluestreaks’ winning TD drive. Lake Fenton drove the ball to the Ida 11 late in the contest on a series of strong offensive plays. One was a 17-yard reception from Reid Shumaker to Kyle Parker, and another was a 12-yard completion to Ryan Murray. With the ball at the Ida 48, Parker ran 25 yards, putting the ball on the Ida 11. However, before the play, the Blue Devils were penalized for delay of game, making it a first-and-15 scenario. On the next play, Shumaker was sacked and fumbled the ball away. Ida recovered. Twelve plays later, Ida finished a 76-yard drive with the game-winning TD.
The first half was a curiosity due to the fact both teams only had the ball for two full possessions. Ida ran 18 plays and drove 68 yards on its first possession, scoring on a three-yard sweep run by Owen Sampson. After a two-point conversion, Ida led 8-0 with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
Lake Fenton’s offense did pretty much the same with its first possession. The Blue Devils drove 65 yards on 13 plays, scoring on a one-yard run up the middle by James Hamilton. Lake Fenton missed the two-point conversion and trailed 8-6 with 9:05 left in the half.
Ida ran 16 plays on its next possession and drove to the Blue Devils’ 8. However, Lake Fenton’s defense stiffened and took the ball back on downs after an incomplete pass in the end zone. Lake Fenton’s offense responded by taking just 1:45 to score the go-ahead TD before the halftime horn. A 53-yard reception to Zachary Coon helped set up Shumaker’s eight-yard TD reception to Michael O’Brien. Lake Fenton missed the extra point, but led 12-8 with 1.7 seconds left in the opening half.
The Bluestreaks retook the lead on their first possession of the second half. Again, it was an extended drive taking 11 plays to drive 70 yards on Gianino’s one-yard QB keeper. Ida led 14-12 with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Lake Fenton’s offense responded again. A 25-yard completion to O’Brien helped set up another big TD toss by Shumaker. This one was a 21-yard pass to Parker. Lake Fenton converted the two-point play and led 20-14 with 2:00 left in the third quarter.
Ida tied it up with 6:13 left in the fourth when the Blue streaks drove 61 yards on eight plays, scoring on a three-yard run by Owen Sampson. Lake Fenton looked poised to maybe retake the lead until the fumble with 2:53 left.
Shumaker played a strong game, completing 12-of-18 passes for 168 yards and two scores. O’Brien caught five of those passes for 63 yards.
“These kids are battling,” Borski said. “We can’t ask any more from them. They had an opportunity to knock us out and did. We had three opportunities to do it and didn’t do it.”