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Written by: David Burnworth on Monday, October 26th, 2020
Tonight I made the short 29.5 mile trip to Bexley, Ohio to catch the game between Franklin Heights and St. Charles. This was my first trip to St. Charles high school and all things considered it was a good night. The game was very tight throughout with special teams play being the biggest difference.
Kian Haghnazari got things going for the home team, with 8:25 showing on the clock. One play later Carter Bryant picked up 7-yards as he took the ball to the Franklin Heights 5-yard line. Alex Herzberg closed out the 4-play, 72-yard drive with A 5-yard touchdown run. Nick Bastaja made good on his P.A.T. making this a 7-0 game with 7:33 left in the opening quarter.
Jeffery Beverly used his feet to scramble for A nice 11-yard gain. But on the next play, he was picked off by Bryant after the ball went off of the hands of A Franklin Heights receiver. Bryant had his number called on the next offensive play for the Cardinals but he put the ball on the turf, after the pile was cleared the zebras signaled first down Falcons.
Beverly hit Tommy McGeehan for A 13-yard gain to get things started for the road team. On 3rd and six the same combo teamed up again for A 17-yard gain on third and sixteen. Beverly would cap off the drive with A 5-yard touchdown run. Luis Garcia-Rosas missed the P.A.T. to keep this A 7-6 game with 3:03 left in the quarter. Before the quarter came to A close Isiah Yarngo showed Bo Jackson type speed to pick up 50-yard on a sweet run.
Bryant would be sacked by Artel Saunders and James Caldwell with the result being A loss of five. The drive would end with A 33-yard field goal from Bastaja to put the home team up 10-6 with 11:10 left in the half. The Falcons offense soared high with McGeehan being hit in stride by Beverly for A 44-yard touchdown. Garcia had his P.A.T. blocked by Giovanni Delfinio keeping this A 12-10 game. Thos two lost points of the kicks would come back to hurt the Falcons in the worse way.
Bobby With a Mountain of A man at 6-3, 285 crushed Herzbergholding the talented runner to no gain on the play. Hamza Omar would sack Byrant for a 5-yard loss on the next play. Kentre Robinson tipped A Byrant pass right into the arms of Derrick James good for A 13-yard gain. Near misses would end up being another nemesis for the Falcons before this one was over.
There were two more big plays before the half came to an end. First, Solomon Lisath sacked Beverly then Beverly picked up 8-yards on A fake punt where he needed 9-yard for the first down.
The teams traded nice runs early in the third. For the Falcons, De’Andre Johnson picked up 22-yards. Doing even better for the Cardinals was Herzberg, who went for 94-yards and A score. Bastaja made good on the P.A.T. to give us A 17-12 game, with 10:01 showing on the clock. A fumble recovery by Mason O’Reilly set up another field goal by Bastaja to make this A 20-12 game, with 6:50 left in the quarter.
Penalties hurt the Falcons all night long with none bigger than the one called on them after Beverly hit Sauders for A long pass that would have taken the ball deep into Cardinals territory. Facing A 3rd and twenty Beverly moved the chains with A nice completion to McGeehan. The Falcons would make the last big play of the quarter when Herzberg galloped to A 22-yard gain. The drive would end without any points because Bastaja just missed A 32-yard field goal.
There were 10:53 seconds left in the game when Wonderful Ayodeji danced to A 17-yard gain, with some nice speed being shown on the run. Johnson kept the drive alive with A 8-yard gain on third and six. Beverly would be picked off by Delfino to end the drive that had looked so promising.
Beverly restored any lost confidence when he hit Korbin Kelly to move the ball to the St. Charles 27-yard line with 4:02 left. Facing A fourth and twelve the Falcons would get A 12-yard run by McGeehan to move the chains. Johnson would end the drive with A 5-yard touchdown run making this A 20-18 game Beverly’s two-point conversion pass would hit nothing but air and to keep this A two-point game and that is the way it would end.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 2-4, while the Falcons drop to 0-7. St.Charles will host Licking Heights this coming Friday. As of now, the Falcons do not have a game scheduled.
VERY UNOFFICIAL STATS
PASSING, 13-28 1 TD 2 INT’S
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