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Black Tiger football shut out on the road by Stow

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: October 14, 2016 11:27 PM

After last week's stunning loss to Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls football coach Mark Nori was determined not to let it linger.

Stow needed to be ready because its other backyard rival was set to visit Bulldogs Stadium Oct. 14, as an upset-minded Cuyahoga Falls squad came to town.

Stow wasn't at its sharpest on offense, the Bulldogs defense was on, paving the way to a 37-0 win for Stow.

Stow improved to 7-1, 4-1 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Falls dropped to 1-7, 0-5 in the National Conference.

Things start well for the Bulldogs, who took the opening kickoff in for a two-yard touchdown from Joe Gobble. Austin Burnham and Gavin Costello went 4-for-4 on extra points.

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The next two drives for Stow ended abruptly, however, as Falls' defense came up with two straight interceptions.

First, Pat Horrigan picked off Stow quarterback Kyle Vantrease at the Bulldog 47.

Then, Nick Siegferth snagged an interception at the Falls 38.

However, Stow's defense forced three-and-outs on the next two drives.

The Bulldogs then went back to the running game, as Terrian Wray ripped off a 50-yard touchdown down the right sideline, making it 14-0 after one quarter.

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Wray led all runners with 108 yards on just six carries.

Stow would got back to air to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter. Vantrease hit Logan Lindsay with a 34-yard touchdown pass with 10:16 left in the half.

Despite the two interceptions, had a fairly efficient night, going 10-of-14 for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Stow's kicking game had a very successful night.

Burnham would nail a pair of field goals in the second quarter, hitting a 41-yarder with 8:56 left in the half and a 42-yarder with 2:23 left in the half.

Falls best chance to score in the half ended on a fourth down play, when quarterback Nate Vassalotti was picked off by JR Atkinston in the end zone with 5:54 left in the half.

Vassalotti went 8-of-17 for 98 yards and a pick.

Stow worked a perfect two-minute drill to close the half, as it got the ball with 1:30 left in the half and no time outs.

The drive culminated with Vantrease hitting Joe Gibbs on a 33-yard seam rout for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the half.

Gibbs led the Bulldogs with four catches for 56 yards.

With running clock rules in place, Stow played its reserves for the entire second half.

The Bulldogs' final score would come on a 36-yard field goal from Costello with 6:47 left in the third quarter.

Falls' running game was stymied for most of the night. Jake Gruic led the Black Tigers with 36 yards on 15 rushes.

Stow will host Brecksville-Broadview Heights Oct. 21, while the Black Tigers will host North Royalton. Both games are set for 7 p.m.

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