FOOTBALL: Turnovers tank Phoenix home opener


A series of turnovers at inopportune times doomed the Phoenix in their home opener as they fell 49-30 to the Trinity Trojans.

After two weeks on the road to start the season, coach Mike Akers’ charges were looking forward to the comfort and familiarity of the home field. When the Phoenix offense was on the turf it effectively mixed a combination of runs and short passes to move the ball up and down the field, scoring on two of their first three possessions — a five yard scamper by quarterback Devan Yarber and a six yard rush up the gut by fullback Devin Randleman.

The only early drive that fell short of the end zone was the result of a tipped pass intercepted by the Trojans at the five yard line as the Phoenix were poised for another score.

The Trojans had their own success moving the football as well, posting four TDs in the first half and taking a 29-14 lead into the locker room at the break.

The second half leaned more toward the visitors as three more Oberlin turnovers resulted in Trinity scores.

The Phoenix didn’t quit as they put together two scoring drives in the fourth quarter — the first drive capped by a nifty 30-yard broken field run by Yarber and the final tally coming on a 13-yard sprint to paydirt by Ravon Eisom.

The coaches noted Oberlin played well much of the game and if the team can cut down on the turnovers, it stands a good chance of improving the end result next week in conference play on the road at Brookside.

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Senior quarterback Devan Yarber scrambles against the Trinity defense Friday. The Phoenix lost their high-scoring home opener 49-30.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_0177.jpgSenior quarterback Devan Yarber scrambles against the Trinity defense Friday. The Phoenix lost their high-scoring home opener 49-30.

Photos by Erik Andrews

A block shows the Oberlin defense in great form here, though it has much room for growth.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_0270.jpgA block shows the Oberlin defense in great form here, though it has much room for growth.

Photos by Erik Andrews

Phoenix senior Justin Smith finds room to work.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_0325.jpgPhoenix senior Justin Smith finds room to work.

Photos by Erik Andrews

By Erik Andrews

For the News-Tribune