FOOTBALL: Firelands Falcons bow out with 42-7 playoff loss to Woodridge


Firelands quarterback Brad Thrasher completes a pass in the first quarter Saturday against the Woodridge Bulldogs. He had 26 passing yards on the night.

Firelands quarterback Brad Thrasher completes a pass in the first quarter Saturday against the Woodridge Bulldogs. He had 26 passing yards on the night.


Nick Denney is tackled from behind by the Bulldogs’ Nicholas LoPrinzi.


Nick Gaspro returns a punt for a touchdown against the Falcons.


Firelands’ Mike Whitacre looks for room to run.


Falcons quarterback Brad Thrasher is chased down by Jaylin Clark of Woodridge.


Photos by Randy Meyers | Civitas Media

A blowout-filled football season that propelled the Firelands Falcons to the playoffs for the second time in school history ended Saturday with a 42-7 rout by the top-seeded Woodridge Bulldogs in OHSAA Division IV action. The 12-0 Peninsula team racked up a 21-point lead in the opening quarter of play, piling on another touchdown by the half. King Sanders had an amazing ground game for the Bulldogs with 87 yards and two TDs, though a 70-yard fumble recovery by Nicholas Loprinzi to score also contributed to the Woodridge dominance. Nick Denney ran 19 yards for the Falcons in the final quarter to set up a rush to the endzone two plays later. He had an 85-yard night on six carries while quarterback Brad Thrasher’s arm was largely shut down by the ‘Dogs. Firelands ended the season with an 8-3 record.

Firelands quarterback Brad Thrasher completes a pass in the first quarter Saturday against the Woodridge Bulldogs. He had 26 passing yards on the night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_3400cc.jpgFirelands quarterback Brad Thrasher completes a pass in the first quarter Saturday against the Woodridge Bulldogs. He had 26 passing yards on the night.

Nick Denney is tackled from behind by the Bulldogs’ Nicholas LoPrinzi.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_3335cc.jpgNick Denney is tackled from behind by the Bulldogs’ Nicholas LoPrinzi.

Nick Gaspro returns a punt for a touchdown against the Falcons.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_3409cc.jpgNick Gaspro returns a punt for a touchdown against the Falcons.

Firelands’ Mike Whitacre looks for room to run.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_3470cc.jpgFirelands’ Mike Whitacre looks for room to run.

Falcons quarterback Brad Thrasher is chased down by Jaylin Clark of Woodridge.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/11/web1_IMG_3430cc.jpgFalcons quarterback Brad Thrasher is chased down by Jaylin Clark of Woodridge.