Linden’s defense played a strong enough game to beat the Goodrich varsity football team Friday night.
At times, the Eagles moved the ball well enough to defeat the Martians.
However, Linden’s offense struggled in the red zone and also turned the ball over three times, resulting in a tough 12-7 road loss at Goodrich.
“We held them to 172 yards and had 270,” Linden varsity football coach Denny Hopkins said. “We had our chances right up to the last minute. We had the ball on the 6-yard line and could not score. We just stalled (in the red zone) and we had three turnovers to their one.”
Linden took the lead in the second quarter when Brenden Miller caught a 34-yard pass from Colby Kohmescher. Carson Kelley converted the extra-point kick and Linden led 7-0. That lead held going into halftime.
Goodrich scored its only two TDs in the third quarter. Both came on four-yard runs. One came on a four-yard run by Juwan Vines. The other was a TD scamper by Aidan Rubio. Goodrich missed the extra-point kick on the first one and the two-point conversion on the second and led 12-7.
Linden had plenty of chances to score. The last chance came when the Eagles had a first-and-goal at the 6, but were only able to advance the ball to the 4. Linden also missed a short field goal in the first half.
“Our defense played well enough to win. They’ve played really well,” Hopkins said. “We held them to 144 yards passing and 28 yards rushing, but we just couldn’t score.”
Seeger DeGayner and Griffin Michael led the defense with five solo tackles. Miller had four solo tackles and assisted another. For the second straight game, DeGayner recovered a fumble. Offensively, Kohmescher completed 20-of-34 passes but threw two interceptions. Miller caught nine passes for 115 yards while DeGayner caught four for 68 yards.
Linden (0-2) travels to Holly Friday.