AUSTINTOWN, OH – The Austintown Fitch Falcons are coming off their first taste of defeat during the 2022 season, falling to the Massillon Washington Tigers 49-28 in front of a packed house at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The Falcons have a lot to take away though from a game where they held their own with not only one of the best teams in Division II but one of the best teams in the state of Ohio regardless of. division. With Massillon’s defense doing a great job neutralizing the normally dominant Fitch rushing attack, Quarterback DeShawn Vaughn Jr. stepped up in a big way for the Falcons, completing 16-of-his-23 pass attempts for 266 yards and three touchdowns, which were caught by Jayden Eley, Dominic Perry, and Jamell James. The Falcons showed as a team that they are threatening offensively in multiple ways, and that is something that will surely go a long way as the season progresses, with the playoffs only being a few weeks away.

Fitch (5-1) faces off with an unfamiliar foe this week, as they will travel to Strongsville to face off with Strongsville (2-4) for the first time in school history. Don’t let the Mustangs’ record deceive you though, as their losses have come against Avon Lake (6-1), Solon (4-2), Medina (5-1), and Cleveland Heights (6-0). The Falcons and Head Coach TJ Parker have another week with their work cut out for them, but also another chance to learn a lot about the team while facing a tough opponent.

In the first-ever edition of our Austintown Fitch Coaches’ Corner from Sam’s Wedge Inn, Coach Parker discussed last week’s matchup with Massillon, what to look forward to in this week’s matchup with Strongsville, and much more!

Contributed by Anthony Romo *