2017-11-16 / Sports

Raiders football narrowly falls to Livonia Franklin

By Kylee Richardson


Flushing’s Raylon Roberts gets ready to dodge a pair of Kearsley defenders during Flushing’s final game of the regular season on Oct. 20. 
Photo by Todd Boone Flushing’s Raylon Roberts gets ready to dodge a pair of Kearsley defenders during Flushing’s final game of the regular season on Oct. 20. Photo by Todd Boone LIVONIA – The Flushing football team’s season came to a heartbreaking end on Friday when Livonia Franklin took a 31-29 win that came down to the final minutes of the game in the regional final. Flushing and Franklin managed to keep the game at an even score until the Raiders took a 29-28 lead in the fourth, but the lead wouldn’t hold as Franklin kicked a field goal to hold off Flushing.

Livonia Franklin got on the board first to take a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard pass in the first quarter. Flushing answered back though when Tyler Morris reeled in a 20-yard pass to tie the game at 7-7. Franklin then took a 14-7 lead before the end of the first after finding the end zone on a 70-yard run.

The Raiders opened the second quarter with a touchdown on a 20-yard reception by Raylon Roberts to even the score once again. Franklin then went up 21-14, but Antonio Farero hit pay dirt on a 2-yard run for the Raiders to head into halftime at 21-21.

Following halftime, neither team scored in the third. Franklin tallied the first score of the final quarter to go ahead once again. Farero then scored his second touchdown of the night and Roberts added the two-point conversion to give Flushing a 29-28 lead as the clock ticked off the final minutes. Franklin then made good on a 23-yard field goal to steal the lead and seal Flushing’s fate on the game.

The Raiders put up 334 offensive yards and were perfect on fourthdown conversions to keep drives alive. Quarterback Cal Endicott was 15-of-21 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Endicott also added 54 yards on 15 carries, including a 42-yard carry. Cole Dunstan put up 23 yards on five carries and Aidan Harrison added 11 on two. Harrison led in reception yardage with 106 yards on five passes. Morris corralled seven passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Roberts’ only catch of the game was good for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Flushing ends its season at 9-3. Livonia Franklin, 10-2, moves on to face an undefeated Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in the semifinal. The winner will move on to the Div. 2 final against either Detroit Martin Luther King, 11-1, or Warren DeLaSalle, 10-2.

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