After a scoreless first quarter in the MyYTV Game of the Week, Austintown Fitch got things going to start the second.
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On the first play of the second frame, Falcons QB Gabe Chepke ran in the first score of the game from three yards out. On Harding’s ensuing possession, Brett Weidenthal forced a Raider fumble that was picked up by Gary Gibson. Austintown wasted no time taking advantage of the turnover, as Chepke threw a 47-yard touchdown pass.
Chepke scored again from one yard out with 1:45 left in the 2nd after Weidenthal recovered his second Raider fumble of the night to extend the lead to 20-0.
A Harding fumble (their fourth turnover of the first half) was then recovered by Austintown’s Tyler Hewlett in the end zone for another Falcon score.
Austintown led 27-0 at the half.
Antwan Harris got the Falcon scoring attack going again early in the third quarter, finding the end zone from eight yards out with 7:54 left in the third. Then, following the fifth Raider turnover of the night (recovered by Casey Calhoun of Austintown), Darrin Hall’s 22-yard touchdown run put the Falcons up 41-0 in the third quarter.
Gary Gibson’s rushing touchdown extended the lead to 48-0, which would stand as the final.
Fitch – 357
Harding – 73
Fitch – 298
Harding – 62
Darrin Hall – Fitch – 78
Kane Murray – Harding – 50
Harding Remaining Schedule
Sept. 6 – Howland, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – Massillon, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – at Maple Heights, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Warrensville Heights, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – at Shaw, 7 PM
Oct. 11 –Euclid, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Cleveland Heights, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – at Bedford, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – Lorain, 7 PM
Fitch Remaining Schedule
Sept. 6 – Akron Hoban, 7:30 PM
Sept. 13 – at Brunswick, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – Dover, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – at Boardman, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – East, 7:30 PM
Oct. 11 – Massillon, 7:30 PM
Oct. 19 – Marion Harding, 2 PM
Oct. 25 – at Lake, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – at Cardinal Mooney, 7:30 PM