Hats off to both sides for two outstanding seasons that culminated in a great defensive stalemate. Ultimately, one side had to win.
The fact that the Flyers allowed a touchdown is a fireable offense for their defensive coordinator.
In all seriousness, I couldn’t have found a more evenly-matched game when looking at the final stats. Lots of similarities in there, especially w/ penalties, turnovers, total yards, 1D/3D conversions, etc.
While some I have spoken to think that the pick six was the difference (and it certainly hurt the Hornets), Kirtland did also manage to score a touchdown off a Marion Local fumble.
With that in mind, I think the two biggest differences in this game were the wind and ML’s singular offensive touchdown drive which was the only long offensive series for a score all game.
Each team scored off a turnover, but ML had the other score. I said earlier in the week the first team to 14 or 10 would win, and it held up true.
Again, congrats to both sides on outstanding seasons. These two programs are the gold standard for small school football and this kind of game showed why.
The Hornet weight room will be in full force tomorrow, and I am sure much will be the same in Maria Stein. I hold tremendous respect for the dynasty that Tim Goodwin & co have built and I am sure many in the MAC respect getting a strong fight out of the Hornets just about every year.
Kirtland falls to 3-5 against the MAC, but boy are these battles always fun to watch.