Coming off a loss in Week 6, The Austintown Fitch Falcons looked to bounce back on the road in Week 7. Going from Division 2 Massillon Washington to Division 1 Strongsville, Fitch had the goal of getting back to the run on offense, while putting up better defensive stands. Going into the first possessions, one thing was made very clear, a defensive battle was to be expected. With The Mustangs showing poise and confidence in their red zone and goal line defense against a dangerous, quick-striking, Austintown offense. Forcing fumbles near the goal line, Strongsville was able to create key turnovers that stalled multiple drives by The Falcons. However, Fitch was able to break through on a 21 yard connection from DeShawn Vaughn Jr. to Dominic Perry to help put Austintown up 7-0. The touchdown by Perry marks three consecutive games where the receiver has scored.
After giving up the initial touchdown, The Mustangs were able to get in field goal range and cut their deficit to 4 points, 7-3. Back and forth defensive stops by both teams ensued, with Fitch not helping themselves in the penalty game. Getting themselves behind the chains on offense numerous times, Strongsville made them pay for key mental mistakes. DeShawn Vaughn Jr. showcased why he is not just a threat when he is behind center, grabbing his third defensive interception of the season to set Fitch up before the half. Running it back on offense, Vaughn went to Dan Evans III immediately following his pick to put The Falcons up 14-3.
A second half shutout by the Austintown defense set up three more scores in the second half to help Fitch seal their sixth victory of the season 35-3. The Falcons (6-1) will face their final road test of the regular season, traveling to Wadsworth (5-2) to battle The Grizzlies.
Scores by Quarter
Q1: Fitch 7 – 0 Strongsville
Q2: Fitch 7 – 3 Strongsville
Q3: Fitch 7 – 0 Strongsville
Q4: Fitch 14 – 0 Strongsville
Final: Fitch 35 – 3 Strongsville
DeShawn Vaughn Jr. : 16/17, 231 YDS, 4 TD.
Jamell James: 16 CAR, 94 YDS.
D.J. Williams: 14 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD.
DeShawn Vaughn Jr. : 12 CAR, 82 YDS.
Dan Evans III: 9 REC, 100 YDS, 2 TD.
Dom Perry: 2 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD.
Cam Smith: 2 REC, 35 YDS, 1 TD.
Jayden Eley: 1 REC, 21 YDS.
Jamell James: 1 REC, 16 YDS.
Donovan Bell-Sullivan: 1 REC, 4 YDS.
Christian Latone: 3 TAK, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FF, 1 FR.
Kylen Foster: 3 TAK, 1.5 TFL, 1 Sack.
Josh Fitzgerald: 1 TAK, 1 TFL, 1 Sack.
DeShawn Vaughn Jr. : 1 INT.
Rocco DiFlorio: 3 TAK, 1 TFL.
Cam Smith: 5 TAK.
J’Allen Underwood: 4 TAK, 0.5 TFL.
Josiah Berni: 5/5 XP.
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell