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Mark Robinson Jr. goes up to attempt to intercept a pass thrown by the Falcons.
The Firelands Falcons earned their fourth straight shutout game Friday against the Oberlin Phoenix.
Bradley Thrasher and Colin Myers led their team to a 47-0 victory. They each scored three touchdowns to defeat the Phoenix.
Thrasher scored on the fourth drive of the game to put his team on the board.
The Falcons played tight man-to-man defense and pressed Phoenix quarterback David Payne, causing him to scramble out of the pocket.
Firelands kept the Oberlin defense on its toes, going to a wide number of targets on carries, screens, and downfield passes.
“We’re definitely trying to distribute the ball,” said Firelands head coach Mike Passerrello of his multiple offensive threats. “I think it just makes our offense stronger because we’re able to get other kids touches on the ball and it’s hard to key on just one kid.”
Myers and Thrasher both scored another touchdown to extend the Falcons lead to 20-0.
“They do things we don’t normally see in our schemes or on other teams we see or prepare for,” said Oberlin head coach Michael Law. “We have to do a better job preparing our kids and our kids have to do a better job mentally staying focused during the week.”
There was one close strike for Oberlin when running back Kobe Fields found an opening down the sideline of the Firelands defense to earn his team a first down on a 42-yard run, then ran the ball another 17 yards to put his team at the three yard line.
The Falcons stumped the Phoenix on a fourth down attempt, putting the ball back in Thrasher’s hands.
Firelands seized the momentum again as junior Michael Whitacre found an opening in the Oberlin defense for a 46-yard run.
Thrasher kept the ball in his hands to run in for his third touchdown of the game at the start of the second quarter.
Oberlin’s offense started to find its rhythm with a seven-yard run by Elijah Bugg and a completed 12-yard pass to Fields but the Firelands defense came up with another stop, forcing the Phoenix to punt.
The Falcons took advantage of the punt and completed a 64-yard pass to Myers for a touchdown — his third — on a 15-yard pass with three minutes left before halftime. Firelands was winning 40-0 at halftime.
Falcon Aaron Stevanus scored his team’s seventh touchdown on a 10-yard run.
Law said he was unhappy with the final score but believes his players notched more yards against Firelands then they have against opponents in the last three games.
“We have to get better at tackling and we just have to do a better job at being more consistent on both sides of the ball along with our kicking game,” Passerrello said.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.