If someone is looking for an exciting prep football game every Friday, that person doesn’t have to look any farther than the Lake Fenton Blue Devils.
Four games into the season, the Blue Devils have yet to play in a game decided by more than 10 points. And quite frequently it seems the game is resolved in the final minutes.
For the fourth time this season, that was the case on Friday night. Lake Fenton scored the game-winning TD on Reid Shumaker’s fourth TD pass of the game with 4:01 left, and the defense held Clio on its final possession, leading the Blue Devils to a 30-28 road victory in Flint Metro League Stars Division action Friday night. The Blue Devils won despite suffering many injuries and illness.
“We are a MASH until and have been for two weeks,” Lake Fenton varsity football coach Marty Borski said. “We dressed 23 kids and we are a mess. But these kids are resilient. We haven’t played really well for all four quarters in a game yet this year but during the last two weeks we found a way. We are playing kids in positions they never played before either trying to hold the lead or take the lead in the final minute of the game. No matter what happens they have no excuses and they go out and perform.”
Shumaker is quickly becoming a quarterback the Blue Devils can rely upon. He completed 7-of-13 passes for 170 yards and three TDs. He also threw three two-point conversion passes.
His final TD pass came on a fourth-and-14 play. He tossed a 48-yard TD pass to Michael O’Brien, which was caught in the endzone. The Blue Devils led 30-28. From there, the defense took over, stopping Clio on a fourth-and 12 play from Clio’s 45. The Clio QB scrambled but was unable to convert the first down. Lake Fenton ran out the clock after that.
Early on, Clio scored the first TD on a nine-yard run. However, Jimmy Hamilton scored on a one-yard run and Shumaker completed a two-point conversion pass to Zachary Coon. Lake Fenton led 8-6 with 10:41 left in the opening half.
Both teams scored two more touchdowns before the half was up. Clio scored on a pair of two-yard runs while Shumaker threw a 70-yard TD pass to Coon and a 39-yard pass to O’Brien. He also completed two-point passes to Coon and Kyle Parker, giving the Blue Devils a 24-22 lead at halftime.
Clio took the lead in the third quarter on a four-yard run, but that lead only held until Shumaker’s 48-yard TD pass to O’Brien.
“We got good skill kids and Shumaker is growing up right before our eyes,” Borski said. “He took a big stride tonight. He is cool, calm and collected. I tried to tell him not to be afraid to make a mistake. He’s clutch and a great kid.”
Hamilton led the running game with 84 yards on 19 carries.
Lake Fenton (2-2) travels to Owosso on Friday.