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Newberry product Dave Carlson makes 8 tackles in Finlandia football loss

HANCOCK — Sophomore defensive lineman Dave Carlson of Newberry made eight tackles in Finlandia’s 79-12 loss to Hope College in a college football game played Saturday at McAfee Field in Hancock.

The Lions dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Hope improved to 5-1 and 3-0.

“Hope is a very good football team,” Finlandia coach Travis Wiltzius said. “(We) can’t have as many turnovers as we did and expect to have a good game.”

The Lions scored on a flea flicker on the game’s first play from scrimmage, as freshman running back Bailey Harris ran up the middle, tossed the ball back to freshman quarterback Darin Johnson, who threw to junior wide receiver Joshua Eve for an 83-yard touchdown and the longest pass play in team history.

Johnson completed 7 of 14 for 134 yards, but the Flying Dutchmen scored twice in the next minute and a half en route to a 30-12 lead after one quarter and 58-12 advantage at halftime.

While Hope managed just 26 passing yards, they amassed 400 yards on the ground to outgain Finlandia 426-240.