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Kodiaks improving as end of season looms

By Austin Bailey and Times Sports Writer

UM-Flint was handed another defeat at the hands of Ohio State with a score of 30 -14 on Sat., Oct. 23. The Kodiaks fumbled on the opening drive, and Ohio State responded by turning that turnover into six points.

Heading into their final two games, University of Michigan-Flint club football head coach Jeff Applegate continues to implement his players into a new system. In his first season as head coach, changing offensive schemes from former head coach Randy Young, Applegate is hoping to cut down on the turnovers; something the Kodiaks couldn’t avoid in their battle against Ohio State.

“We’re starting to keep stats of turnovers and incomplete passes in practice. We can’t continue to put our defense in bad situations,” Applegate said. “No turnovers, no short fields.”

The Kodiaks answered with quarterback Zeke Zanetta connecting with Dion Smith on a 39 – yard touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Ohio State regained the lead on an interception by Zanetta in the endzone. However, Zanetta led the Kodiaks back down the field, completing another touchdown pass to Smith.

A field goal by Ohio State with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter gave them a 16-14 lead heading into halftime. Ohio State started the second half with an 80-yard touchdown drive, with most of the damage coming on the ground.

“The defensive players put a lot of pressure on themselves. When they came off that drive after half time, they were not happy,” Applegate said. “They knew what the problem was.”

The Kodiaks will wrap up their season with their last home game of the season on Halloween against Miami (OH) before traveling to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville on November 5.

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