KINGSFORD - The outcome of the Kingsford and Menominee football game came down to two stops here Friday night at Flivver Field.
The Flivvers provided the first and the clock the other, as Kingsford held on for a thrilling 14-13 Great Northern Conference victory and dealt Menominee (4-1, 1-1) its first loss of the season.
"We fought hard to the end and we hung in there," Flivvers coach Chris Hofer said, his team improving to 4-1 (1-0 GNC).
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Kingsford’s Connor Berndt (88) takes down Menominee’s Jared Rivard (25) in Friday’s Great Northern Conference football game at Flivver Field.
Kingsford, on the strength of two rushing touchdowns by Reed Larson, clung to a 14-7 lead as the game entered the final quarter.
But Menominee, with an offense that gained more steam as the game went on, managed to close within a point by compiling a seven-plus minute, 21-play push to the endzone as the game entered its final minutes.
The drive included four fourth-down conversions, including a fake punt turned 10-yard pass completion. Justin Brilinski chugged in 18 yards to paydirt with 2:06 to play.
Maroons head coach Joe Noha opted for two following the score, but Kingsford, led by Brett Michaud, stuffed the inside run attempt at the one.
"No hesitation whatsoever," Noha said of the decision to run for two. "You're at Flivver Field down one with a chance to win - you got to go.
"We ran the same play (as the touchdown). For some reason, we didn't get it done. And they did."
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