CANFIELD, OH-In a thrilling first-round OHSAA Playoff Football game at Rominger Stadium, the South Range Raiders emerged victorious with a final score of 43-20 over the Fairless Falcons.
The first quarter saw South Range taking an early lead as Tristan Toy broke through the Fairless defense with a spectacular 57-yard rushing touchdown, giving his team a 6-0 advantage. The extra point by Logan Butcher was successfully converted, making it 7-0 in favor of the Raiders.
Fairless came back strong in the second quarter, with Gio Moore running for a 15-yard touchdown, narrowing the gap to 7-6. However, South Range responded with a flurry of touchdowns. Blake Ewert ran for a 16-yard score, Aidan Dominguez dashed for an 8-yard touchdown. Just when South Range felt in control, Tristan Toy threw a pass that was intercepted by Gio Moore for an 18-yard pick-six to tighten things up at 28-13.
Before the second quarter concluded, Blake Ewert added another incredible 53-yard rushing touchdown, and South Range took a commanding 35-13 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Raiders continued to dominate. Tristan Toy found the end zone with a 22-yard rushing touchdown, and Blake Ewert broke free for an astonishing 80-yard rushing touchdown. The Raiders also converted a 2-point conversion to extend their lead to 43-13.
Fairless made a late push in the fourth quarter, with Peter Killy rushing for a 1-yard touchdown and Brent Hrynko converting the extra point. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raiders, and the game concluded with a final score of 43-20 in favor of South Range.
The Raiders finished with 470 yards of offense, including 429 yards on the ground. The tone-setter was Blake Ewert with 193 yards on 8 carries and three scores. Tristan Toy supplemented the ground game with 117 yards on four totes, and 41 yards through the air on three completions. Michael Chadbourne collected 26 yards on two carries as well.
Gaven Nagy led the Raider defense with a pair of interceptions. Brady Crumbacher had his name called throughout the evening in every phase of the game, as he finished with seven tackles and a sack to lead the way.
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