By Dan Hardenbrook
For the second straight week, the Engadine Eagles launched an incredible comeback to take a late lead in their football game. And for the second straight week, they were dealt a disappointing loss in the last few seconds.
This time it was to the Superior Central Cougars, who scored on the final drive of the game and took the win.
The game was seen as a golden opportunity for one of these teams to pick up an early season win before continuing on with a brutally tough schedule. It became a duel between running backs. The top running backs for the Eagles and Superior Central combined for over 400 yards rushing and eight total touchdowns on the ground.
Cougars star running back Zach Frusti scored the game’s opening touchdown, then came right back into action by running a fumble 56 yards for a second touchdown.
It looked like the game might be a blowout until Engadine running back Matthias Miller scored a 24-yard touchdown in response.
It went that way for the rest of the game: Frusti would score for the Cougars; Miller would score for the Eagles. Miller ran into the endzone on additional touchdowns for 15, 50, and 67 yards.
Frusti kept the Cougars in the lead until the final moments, when Miller scored to bring the Eagles on top.
Frusti scored last, though, delivering a 25-yard touchdown. The final score was 34-30, and the Cougars snapped a 13-game losing streak.
Engadine has a long losing streak they’d also love to break. They have lost 10 consecutive games spanning two seasons.
Matthias Miller has been the bright spot for the Eagles. He racked up 209 yards and four touchdowns against Superior Central, slightly outperforming Frusti, who ended the game with 205 yards and 4 touchdowns.
It will be no easy task for Engadine to bounce back. They take on the Munising Mustangs this week, a team that nearly overturned the Pickford Panthers powerhouse last week.