The Holly varsity football team probably played its best game of the season against the Linden Eagles Friday night.
The Bronchos trailed just 21-13 at halftime, but the Eagles outscored Holly 24-0 in the second half, resulting in the Eagles’ 45-13 victory.
“Holly played really well in the first half,” Linden varsity football coach Denny Hopkins said. “(Holly varsity football coach) Dallas (Lesperance) had them ready to play. We made a couple of mistakes but they were playing hard. We got on a roll a bit in the second half.”
The Eagles improved to 3-2 with the victory, and are in position to earn a high seeding in their playoff district. Holly (0-5) is still looking for its first win and is in the same group of seven district teams as Linden.
Linden’s passing game had a strong showing with quarterback Gavin Wildeman throwing five TD passes. He completed 19-of-27 passes for 315 yards. Luke Gorkiewicz had two fo the TD catches while Austin Jawarski had a 49-yard TD reception and Brandon Green a 12-yard TD catch. Finally, Seth Schuyler had a 31-yard TD reception. Green also scored a rushing TD.
Defensively, Bryce Eliuk had 16 tackles while Kyle Galbraith had eight stops.
“We have played really well the last few weeks,” Hopkins said. “We played well against Fenton and Kearsley and we had a good second half tonight. We are getting better. We just have to be more consistent.”
Holly’s first TD came on a Jacob Gonzales seven-yard run and a Gonzales PAT, cutting Linden’s lead to just 14-7 with 7:48 left in the half. Not too long after that, Jacob Hild completed a 20-yard TD pass to Jacob Chereson with 6:26 left in the half. The extra-point was no good, cutting Linden’s lead to 21-13 at the time.
Both teams will host a Metro League crossover game on Friday. Holly will host Clio while Linden will play Goodrich, Corunna or Lake Fenton, depending on how the Stripes Division tiebreaker works. At press time the exact opponent was not known.