AUSTINTOWN OH- In a similar week 2 matchup from a season ago, The Austintown Fitch Falcons went to battle with The Canton McKinley Bulldogs! This time, the game was held at Greenwood Chevrolet Stadium in Austintown, as The McKinley faithful came down by the bus full for an expected big game. However, the momentum generated in week 1 by The Falcons was instantly carried over into this week.
Opening the first offensive drive with a screen fake by Deshawn Vaughn to Cam Smith, who found Jayden Eley in open space, allowed Fitch to grab a 7-0 advantage. A lead they would not look back from in the game. The second offensive play of the game for Fitch came on their second drive, where a screen pass to Dan Evans III was all that was needed, as Evans made up the work and took it to the house for a 14-0 advantage.
DeShawn Vaughn was present in the box score in more ways than run, as his rushing touchdown was good enough to put Fitch up 21-0 at the time, giving him a touchdown both on the ground and through the air. Not letting you forget about his defense, Vaughn also grabbed an interception of Keaton Rode to round out his great night.
McKinley grabbed a pair of rushing touchdowns, one in each half, but it was a game that never felt in doubt for Fitch. An all-time career tying made field goal by Josiah Berni (15), was the last score Austintown had, as they came away victorious 38-14 over Canton McKinley to grab the program’s 500th win!
Both teams will be in action at home next week, as The Bulldogs (0-2) will square off against Dublin Coffman on Friday, September 2nd. Also on that date, The Falcons (2-0) will be home again for a matchup that never happened last year against Glen Oak. Stats can be found below.
Scoring by quarter
Q1: AF 28 – 0 CAN
Q2: AF 7 – 7 CAN
Q3: AF 0 – 0 CAN
Q4: AF 3 – 7 CAN
Final: AF 38 – 14 CAN
DeShawn Vaughn, Jr. : 5/7, 125 YDS, 1 TD.
Cam Smith: 1/1, 52 YDS, 1 TD.
D.J. Williams: 13 CAR, 114 YDS.
Jamell James: 12 CAR, 59 YDS, 2 TD.
DeShawn Vaughn, Jr. : 6 CAR, 40 YDS, 1 TD.
Jayden Eley: 2 REC, 100 YDS, 1 TD.
Dan Evans III: 2 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD.
Donovan Bell-Sullivan: 1 REC, 16 YDS.
Brian Robinson: 9 TKLs, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF.
Christian Latone: 7 TKLs, 2 TFL, 0.5 Sacks, 1 FR.
D.J. Williams: 5 TKLs, 0.5 Sacks.
DeShawn Vaughn, Jr. : 4 TKLs, 1 INT.
Landen Bister: 1 TKL, 1 INT.
Josiah Berni: XP 5/5, FG 1/1 (29 YDS).
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell.
Player Of The Game Jayden Eley: