If Linden’s offense was looking for a confidence builder entering the Eagles’ final matchup of the season with the Lake Fenton Blue Devils next week, they got it against Corunna on Friday night.
Linden scored the most points they have since scoring 65 against Clio on Sept. 29, 2006, defeating Corunna 63-27 during the two teams’ Metro League crossover contest.
“That’s not too bad,” Linden varsity football coach Denny Hopkins said about the offensive output. “We threw the ball really well tonight. Everybody got a chance to play and we ran for 100 yards which is a plus for us. We had three receivers over 100 yards.”
Linden finished with 563 total yards with quarterback Colby Kohmescher completing 23-of-28 passes for 437 yards and four touchdowns. Seeger DeGayner caught nine of those passes for 205 yards and three TDs. He caught a 40-yard pass for a score in the first quarter, putting Linden up 14-0 at the time. He had a 20-yard TD reception late in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 35-14 halftime lead. Finally, the Eagles started the second half with three unanswered touchdowns with the second of those scores coming on DeGayner’s 49-yard TD reception.
Gavin Wildeman caught seven passes for 141 yards while Brenden Miller caught seven passes for 107 yards. One of those receptions was the last TD of Linden’s three in the third quarter – a 36-yard score. At that time, the Eagles led 56-14. Miller also started the second half with a bang when he returned the kickoff 60 yards for a score. Carson Kelly made all nine extra points he attempted during the night.
Kohmescher also had a big night with his legs. He only had 32 rushing yards, but that didn’t keep him from having four rushing touchdowns. He scored from 2, 8, 7 and 2 yards.
Defensively, Griffin Michael had nine total tackles, including six solo stops. Bryce Eliuk had six solo tackles as well. Wyatt Gocha had two tackles for loss. Miller had an interception and Jim Sarate recovered a fumble.
Now the Eagles (3-5) prepare for a home contest against the Lake Fenton Blue Devils. The last time Linden faced Lake Fenton was Oct. 9, 1981 when the Eagles on a 19-17 verdict.
“It’s well overdue,” Hopkins said. “It was a great rivalry. I remember when it first started it was the biggest game on our schedule, not Fenton – it was Lake Fenton.
“There are a lot of people in both communities. I have a lot of friends that live in the Lake Fenton district that have been hollering at me for five or six weeks now. It should be a good game. We’ll see. The kids know each other well, so it’ll be fun.”