It took a while, but eventually the Falcons took care of business as planned against visiting St. Francis on Friday. Thanks in large part to the second quarter performance of senior quarterback Zach Sutton, the Falcons came away with a 43-15 victory on Friday.
With his team leading 8-0 one-third of the way through the second quarter, Sutton found the proverbial “zone." After completing just one of his first five pass attempts through the 16 minutes of the game, Sutton completed 8 of his next 9
pass attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown was a 20-yard strike to senior Nick Cimler with 5:24 left in the second quarter, and the second touchdown was a 26-yard pass to senior tight end Patrick Wyrowski at the 2:22 mark of the second quarter.
“We were just getting our momentum going and just pass after pass and just kept going” said Sutton.
St. Francis appeared to on the road to an upset early. On the game's very first drive, St. Francis began with the ball on its own 36-yard line and marched deep
into Whitnall territory before fumbling on the 1-yard line. The Mariners began their second drive with great field position but failed to gain even one first down before turning the ball over on downs.
“We got it back again a little later, but we fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line, and that takes air out of the sails” said St. Francis head coach Doug Sarver after the game.
St. Francis senior running back Francisco Avila had 240 yards rushing and two touchdowns to provide a major bright spot. The first score was a 74-yard dash at the 4:49 mark of the second quarter, and the second rushing touchdown for Avila was a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter, which was set up by a 61-yard run by Avila.
The Falcons had issues tackling at times, especially on Avila. Whitnall head coach Jeff Wallack was looking for better.
“Football is a funny game because last week against a more physical Greenfield team and we held them to 104 yards rushing on just 47 carries," Wallack said. "In the first half, St. Francis rushes for 177 yards on 27 carries so we apparently need to learn how to tackle better. But give credit to St. Francis, they ran the ball hard."
Whitnall improved to 2-0 in the division and 3-1 overall.
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