Homecoming Tailgate, Pine City Hosted Duluth Marshall
Duluth-Marshall at Pine City’s Homecoming
Report by Cody
Pine City’s homecoming game broadcast started off with the 6pm pre-game show, full of interviews from several music booster personnel from Pine City. The night’s kickoff got underway 7PM with an optimistic, and excited team and crowd. Both Duluth-Marshall and Pine City played an energy filled first half with help from the crowd of fans that seemed to have no end, and the hope to break a two game losing streak which yielded one touchdown for Pine as well as a rain-making, high, failed PAT attempt.
During the second quarter, both teams got over their fear of passing the ball that seemed to be apparent in the first half. At the end of the second quarter, everyone was on the edge of their seats, or standing at the anticipation of what Pine City was going to do with 3/10 of a second to go. When the moment of truth came, things just didn’t line up and the ball was thrown out of bounds.
During the second half, Pine City had three back to back offense penalties that set their running game backwards, which could have been described as ‘shooting themselves in the foot’. At the turn over from PC to DM (Duluth-Marshall), DM made a thirty yard touchdown with a successful PAT attempt.
At the end of the third and start of the fourth, both teams did not play their best game, by dropping, or nearly dropping, the ball, as well as poorly coordinated plays. At the middle of the quarter, DM makes a huge gain of yardage, 70 to be exact, to place themselves at PC’s seven yard doorstep. DM ends up punching it in for a TD and a successful PAT attempt. A failed fake punt attempt would put the final nail in the coffin for PC to mark the end of the game.
The highlight of the game tonight would be the large community support, no matter what the score on the board, or record in the books may be, this community always support their favorite hometown team, The Dragons.