Returning to the friendly arms of Oberlin Stadium, the Phoenix looked to build on last week’s victory over Brookside when Black River came to town Friday for a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game.
However the undefeated Pirates (5-0) would have none of that, imposing their will on the smaller and outmanned Phoenix with a 53-7 win.
Outnumbering Oberlin’s roster numbers more than two-to-one, the bigger and more physical Pirates used their top-rated running attack to wear down the Phoenix in the first half.
A couple of turnovers and short punts provided good field position for the visitors and their prolific offense. The result was seven first-half Black River touchdowns.
Oberlin held Black River to a single score in the second half. The Phoenix also got on the board late with a little razzle-dazzle.
Wide-out Hunter Clawson took a pitch from quarterback Justin Smith and tossed a pass to Aaron Arnold who outraced the Pirates secondary to the end zone for the Phoenix only touchdown.
Sam Thompson came on to convert the extra point — Oberlin’s first kicking extra point of the season. On the ground, Ravon Eisom amassed nearly 100 yards on 20 carries to lead the Phoenix offensively.
At the halfway point in the season, Oberlin sits at 1-4, 1-1 in the PAC.
The team travels this Friday to Lorain Clearview to face the Clippers, another league leader at 4-1, 2-0.