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Falls football gets first win since 2014

by Eric Clutter | Correspondent Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM
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The most exciting moment of the first half of Cuyahoga Falls season-opener Aug. 26 vs. Kent Roosevelt might have been an appearance of the Goodyear Blimp hovering over Clifford Stadium.

A combination of good defense and struggling offenses resulted in a scoreless first half.

It may have been an ugly game, but Falls is not complained.

The Black Tigers scored the game's only points in the fourth quarter, garnering a 13-0 win over the Rough Riders.

Falls sophomore running back Jordan Bosley entered the picture at the outset of the fourth quarter and provided the spark his team needed to capture its first win since the 2014 season.

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After the Black Tigers defense turned away the Roosevelt offense in the red zone for the second time in the game, Bosley, a 5-foot-6, 164-pound running back, rambled 30 yards on Falls' second play of the ensuing series.

Senior quarterback Nate Vassalotti picked things up from there, directing his offense to a 97-yard scoring drive.

Vassalotti capped with a 32-yard strike to Tyler Gibson with 4:49 to go in the game. Greg McDevitt nailed the extra point to make it 7-0.

Vassalotti had a decent night throwing the ball, as he finished 12-of-19 for 129 yards.

On the play following Falls' first touchdown, defensive back Ben Kinker intercepted Roosevelt quarterback Kelvon Blackmon at the Falls' 35.

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The pick set up Bosley's 28-yard touchdown run with 1:31 to go. The extra point was missed, but Falls had its 13-0 lead and hung on.

Bosley finished his impactful night with 80 yards in only seven rushes, all in the final quarter.

"Obviously, it feels great," said fourth-year Black Tigers coach Sean Flaherty. "We don't talk at all about last year. We've moved on and want to do good things this year.

"I give a ton of credit to Kent; that was one heck of a game, and both sides fought hard. We had to earn everything we got. These kids have worked so hard for so long, I am so happy they get to feel like this tonight. They deserve it more than anybody."

The Rough Riders (0-1) amassed only 195 yards in total offense, but had the game's best scoring chances until the final five minutes of play.

Taking the ball over at their own 25 with just less than three minutes to play in the third period, Roosevelt worked its way to the 5 at the outset of the fourth quarter following a Blackmon 16-yard run.

However, an intentional grounding call on first-and-goal pushed the ball back to the 18. Two incompletions followed, but the visitors got a reprieve after Falls was flagged for interference at the 5.

However, Blackmon got sacked for a 10-yard loss on third down, setting up a fourth-and-goal from the 19. Blackmon then hooked up with Matthew Perison on a screen pass, but he was stopped three yards from the goal line.

Bosley then took a handoff and went around the right side of the line for his big gainer, which set the Black Tigers on their way to victory.

"He gave us the spark tonight to really turn it up to the next gear," said Flaherty of Bosley. "I give him a lot of credit. He stepped right in and did what we wanted him to do."

Roosevelt had a great chance to get on the board early, when it started its second drive of the night at the Falls' 20.

Roosevelt worked its way down to the 4, setting up a third-and-goal. However, on the next snap, Perison received the handoff from Blackmon and was dropped five yards behind the line of scrimmage by the Black Tigers' Sam Forbes.

Bypassing a 26-yard field-goal attempt, Roosevelt went for it.

Blackmon took the snap and rolled to his right, but Falls' Damien Fleming, who the quarterback down at the 5, giving possession to Falls.

Other than that, the game was pretty much contested between the 30s, a stark contrast to last season's opening game which saw the Rough Riders outscore the Black Tigers 51-34.

For the first two quarters, Roosevelt outgained Falls 98-93.

Both teams struggled with penalties as Falls was hit with nine penalties for 103 yards.

Falls looked to keep the momentum going when it hosted Akron Garfield Sept. 2, but results were not available at press time.

The Black Tigers will host Barberton Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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