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There is little margin for error in the Suburban League in any sport, but especially in football.
The Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers realized how small that margin is Sept. 23.
Falls traveled to Suburban League National Conference counterpart Wadsworth, where the Grizzlies blanked the Black Tigers by the score of 35-0.
"We didn't execute the way we need to in order to win games in the Suburban League," said Falls head coach Sean Flaherty. "We had small breakdowns and plays that hurt us throughout the game."
The Black Tigers saw a whole lot of Wadsworth's Alex Jones and Joey Baughman. In fact, they were probably sick of the duo.
Jones score three touchdowns for the Grizzlies, one on the ground and two through the air. Baughman, meanwhile, threw for four scores.
Jones was involved in the Grizzlies' first three touchdowns of the night. First, he caught a 70-yard scoring pass from Baughman. Then, later in the opening quarter, Baughman hit him with a 16-yard touchdown toss. A pair of conversion kicks off the foot of Conner Mendel gave Wadsworth a 14-0 lead heading into the second stanza.
Cuyahoga Falls stopped the Grizzlies in the second quarter, as neither team was able to score. As a result, the Grizzlies trotted to the locker room at intermission with their 14-0 advantage intact.
Jones reached the end zone again in the third frame, this time on a five-yard sprint to pay dirt. Another Mendel PAT pushed Wadsworth's lead to 21-0 at the outset of the fourth period.
Baughman threw his third and fourth touchdown passes of the contest in the final frame. The first one covered 11 yards and the second one covered 16 yards. Mendel finished 5-for-5 in the extra point department to account for the contest's final tally.
Baughman finished 23-of-33 for 367 yards. In addition, Jones rushed for 36 yards on eight carries, while Brock Snowball had 52 yards on three totes.
Jake Gruic was the leading rusher for Falls, picking up 39 yards on 13 carries. Jordan Bosley added 26 yards on 10 carries. Sam Forbes was a force on defense, recording five sacks and two tackles for loss.
"The kids are playing hard," said Flaherty. "We're getting better a little at a time, but the errors and the breakdowns are hurting us."
With the loss, Falls fell to 1-4 overall on the season. The Black Tigers are also 0-2 in conference action.
"We're focusing on getting better every day, every week, and every game. We have to eliminate these breakdowns and mental errors if we want to become a better team."
Falls has another challenge awaiting it this week in the form of conference rival Hudson. The Black Tigers were set battle the Explorers Sept. 30 at home, but results weren't available at press time.
"There is no down week or off week in the Suburban League," said Flaherty. "Every week, you have to be ready to compete at the highest level."
Falls will play host to Nordonia Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.