Saginaw-area football highlights: Freeland snatches win in final seconds

Freeland High School hosts Clare in opening week of season

Freeland High School’s Sam Talaga (7) is tackled by a group of Clare High School defenders during the 2022 season opener. (Zachary Clingenpeel | MLive File)Zachary Clingenpeel |

Freeland only managed to run for 107 yards, but the Falcons covered the most important yard with nine seconds remaining Friday to snatch a 29-26 win over Clare in the season-opener.

Clare took a 26-22 lead with 3:47 remaining on a 46-yard pass to Carter Smedley, but Jake Metiva led a Freeland drive for the game-winning score. He hit Ty Fournier on a pass to the 3-yard line, and with nine seconds remaining, Sam Talaga bowled over for the winning TD. Ethan Gosen’s PAT gave the Falcons the three-point cushion.

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