3 area teams compete for state football title

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DETROIT (WILX) Three mid-Michigan football teams are competing for a state title this weekend in Detroit. The first day of games was held Friday at Ford Field.

The first game of the day had the Reading Rangers looking for their first state title in school history. The Reading faithful showed up in full force Friday as they hoped to see the Rangers take down the Breckenridge Huskies.

Early on, it didn't look great as Reading turned the ball over on downs and the Huskies would cash in on the short field when quarterback Carter Staley finds Hunter Collins in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown. Huskies led six to nothing.

The momentum would shift to the Rangers, though, after pinning the Huskies at their own one-yard line. Caleb Miller forced a fumble in the end zone and Elijah Strine falls on it for the touchdown.

That's the first ever fumble recovery in the end zone in a state final game at Ford Field, according to the broadcast team.

Rangers take the lead 8-6.

In the 2nd quarter, fourth and goal for the Rangers and junior Hunter Midtgard finds the edge and gets in for 6. Rangers increased their lead to 10 after the two-point conversion.

In the third quarter, quarterback Alex Price, who made a guarantee on Twitter last November that his team would play for a state title this year, was right — and he scores from four yards out to increase the lead.

The final nail in the coffin came on a 52 yard run from Midtgard for his 2nd touchdown of the game.

The Rangers win 39-20 and celebrate their first state championship in school history going a perfect 14-0.