In their last home game, Oberlin Phoenix seniors left the field victorious, soaring over the Brooklyn Hurricanes 46-9.
The win Friday was Oberlin’s fourth of the season. At 4-5, they are below 500 but have improved significantly over the last two seasons when the Phoenix won a combined four games.
“I’m so proud of the senior class and what we’ve done over the course of this year. You guys have stuck together,” coach Garrett Mack told his players after the win. “Last time on this field. Hell of a job.”
Senior quarterback David Payne, who threw three touchdowns passes, said he’ll cherish the victory and his time as a Phoenix.
“You only have so many (games). Those can be the best memories you have,” he said. “Having a game like this with these guys, I wouldn’t ask for anything else.”
Payne said the Phoenix running game opened up the aerial attack. Running back Devan Yarber, Oberlin’s best offensive weapon, got his team on the board early in the first quarter by running for an 11-yard touchdown.
It capped a 35-yard Oberlin drive. Yarber then ran in a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Hurricanes quarterback John Kenderes was the victim of bad exchanges with his center all night. The costliest came after the first Oberlin score.
Kenderes’ fumble was recovered by Ramarie’a Eisom, who returned it 79 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. The two-point conversion pass was incomplete but Oberlin led 14-0.
The Phoenix defense — which contained the Hurricanes running game for most of the game — forced Brooklyn to punt and Oberlin followed with a 58-yard scoring drive. Payne found receiver Matt Stanfield in the left corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown and Oberlin had a 20-0 first quarter lead after the two-point conversion pass was incomplete.
After the Hurricanes went three-and-out, the Phoenix followed with an 81-yard drive. Revon Eisom capped it with a 10-yard touchdown run up the middle. The score was 26-0 after the two-point conversion pass was broken up.
Brooklyn followed with its only touchdown, which came on a two-yard Kenderes plunge capping a 78-yard drive. Kenderes made the extra point to close the lead to 26-7.
After a kick return to the 27-yard line, Yarber turned the corner down the right sideline and sprinted for a 73-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion run was short but Oberlin led 32-7.
Once again, the Phoenix defense held. The offense responded with a 63-yard scoring drive.
It was capped by D’onte Bowen’s leaping 29-yard touchdown catch in the right corner of the end zone. Revon Eisom ran for a two-point conversion and Oberlin led 40-7 at the half.
After recovering a fumble on the Hurricanes’ first possession of the second half, Payne threw a 25-yard touchdown to receiver Jordan Anderson, who was wide open. The conversion try was no good and Oberlin led 46-7.
The final score came on a Brooklyn safety after a high snap on a punt from the Oberlin 15.
The Phoenix end their season this Friday against the 7-2 Raiders in Columbia Station.
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Photos by Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune In his final home game, senior quarterback David Payne threw three touchdown passes.