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Multiple Teams · Lappin stars as Hartland beats Livonia Stevenson to keep playoff hopes alive


HARTLAND — Apparently the Hartland football team prefers being counted out.

Like in Week 5 against Salem, the Eagles were again not given a chance to defeat Livonia Stevenson by outsiders. Especially after falling to a one-win Novi team last week.

Hartland came out ready to fight for its season, went up 21 points at halftime and took advantage of a struggling Stevenson team that endured its first two losses in the previous two weeks.

As a result, the Eagles earned a 21-13 victory, their season still very much alive.

It was Hartland running back Tommy Lappin who was the star of the show. The senior running back rushed for 132 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, all in the first 24 minutes of play.

Lappin opened the scoring with a 5-yard run in the first quarter and then broke off a 60-yard run in the second to put the Eagles up 14. His 2-yard run closed out the first-half scoring.

Stevenson wouldn’t go quietly, though. The Spartans’ defense clamped down while the offense started sustaining drives, and that resulted in their first score courtesy of Dalen Cobb’s 26-yard run.

The Spartans then cut Hartland’s lead to eight with a 5-yard run from dual-threat quarterback Parker Graham.

Collin Arnold went 5-for-9 passing for 93 yards. Lappin made 16 stops on defense while Andrew Singer had eight tackles and three sacks.

Hartland now needs wins against Howell and a to-be-determined KLAA Gold opponent just to remain eligible for the postseason.