Swan Valley’s playoff-clinching win over Yale on Friday. (MLive.com files)

For the second straight season, Saginaw Swan Valley has football clinched its playoff spot in Week 9.

After clinging to a 7-0 first half lead on Friday, the Vikings (6-3) scored 21 points in the third quarter to shut down Yale 34-0.

“Thattreycheney-300x183 Swan Valley's playoff-clinching win over Yale on Friday. (MLive.com files) was probably the best second half we have played all season,” Vikings coach Kevin Gavenda said. “It’s really nice to get a shutout heading into the playoffs.”

Big plays were the key to the Swan Valley offense, with quarterback Alex Friescompleting three passes for three touchdowns. He delivered an 82-yard strike toTrey Cheney and a 65 yard pass to Cameron Toth, while adding another to Terryon Liddell.

Emmett Boehler ran the ball 13 times for 117 yards, while John Espinosa had three carries for 97 yards and a score.

“John got his number called, and responded with some nice carries,” said Gavenda, whose team awaits their playoff assignment on Sunday.

Gavenda added that his team is playing responsible football at the right time, and he looks forward to whatever awaits them in the postseason.

“Our confidence has always been high,” Gavenda said. “We know we’re a good team, a talented team … If we can eliminate mistakes, we’re going to be a hard out.

“We know we’ll be an underdog at 6-3, but I think we’re one of the better 6-3 teams out there.”


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