After a fast start, the Grant Tigers sputtered on offense and Howard City Tri-County went on a roll to finish with a 36-14 victory in a MHSAA district semifinal football game Friday night at Tri-County.

The Tigers appeared poised to advance to the district finals next week when they received the opening kickoff and sliced through the Tri-County defense for a score and an 8-0 lead with 9:45 left in the first quarter.

But then the air started to leaked out of the balloon.

Grant went three-and-out on its next possession, and the Vikings penetrated deep into Tigers’ territory. The Tigers dodged that bullet, though, when Brady Jacobs came up with a clutch interception to halt the Vikings’ drive.

Jacobs returned the pick 15 yards, setting the Tigers up in good field position.

The Tigers appeared to be headed for another touchdown, but threw an interception that snuffed it out at the Howard City 17-yard line.

As it turned out, the Tigers were only able to reach the end zone once more the entire night, that on a five-yard touchdown pass that Gage Scholtens hauled in with 8:27 left in the fourth quarter.

Brady Jacobs was 6-of-10 passing for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Nathan Lang had two receptions for 52 yards and  a score.

Defensively, the Tigers were led by Jacobs wtih 10 tackles and an interception, Treyton Railling also had 10 tackles and one tackle for loss and Colin Millett had six tackles.

Grant ends the season with a overall record of 4-6.