EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- For a moment, it seemed as thought the Haslett Vikings would come away with a victory.
The East Lansing Trojans, however, found a way to stand tall on defense and head into the weekend victorious as they defeated the Vikings 22-30.
"We've got to coach better, play better, and we will do that." said East Lansing Head Coach Bill Feraco. "We look forward to the challenge, we'll enjoy this for a little bit and we'll get to work."
East Lansing built a 14-3 lead in the first before the Vikings found the end zone on a 4th and short play. Mitchell Mowid hit a wide-open Hyrum Tibbetts. That momentum was stopped quickly as Justin Brown returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, helping the Trojans take a 24-16 lead into the half.
After giving up a safety early in the second half and a touchdown on the next drive, all hope seemed lost for Haslett. But a long and persistent drive, which led to a touchdown on a Mowid QB keeper, helped spark the Vikings to a second half comeback. The Trojans fumbled the ball on the kickoff return, helping Vikings running back Ben Brittain find the end zone for his second of the game.
But, despite an interception by the Vikings' Jaden Thelen late in the 4th, the Trojans survived the scare.
"A playoff win is very important regardless of how it happens, the ebb and flow of the game." said Feraco. "The momentum escaped us for a little while but we pulled it together the last couple of their offensive drives."
Next up for the Trojans is a chance at redemption. East Lansing travels to Dewitt; the Panthers are the only team to have beaten them all year.