Football Home Opener Spoiled By Falcons
Austintown Fitch 26, Louisville 0
Quarterback Brody Hahn finished 16 of 33 passing for 141 yards and also led the Leopards in rushing with 12 carries for 35 yards. Receiving leaders for Louisville included Tyler Adams with 7 catches for 62 yards and Logan Thomas with a pair of receptions for 58 yards.
The Falcons dominated the contest in out-gaining the Leopards 246-198 in total yards, which included a 193-57 advantage on the ground. Runningback Randy Smith led Fitch with 25 carries for 119 yards which included a 73 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That score put Austintown comfortably in front 21-0 with 5:14 remaining before half.
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Not only did the Falcones keep the Leopards off the scoreboard, but their Defense forced 3 turnovers and created two scores of their own. Senior Outside Linebacker Zach Krohn generated a 43 yard pick six for the first points of the contest in the opening quarter. Junior Inside Linebacker Joey Zielinski and Junior Defensive Lineman Willie Beverly stormed in for a sack just before half that resulted in a safety. That score gave Austintown Fitch a 23-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Falcons forced a takeaway on the Leopards first possession. Junior Inside Linebacker Jakari Lumsden jarred the ball free and Krohn picked it up and returned the fumble to the Louisville 26. That eventually led to a Dylan Correia 28 yard field goal for the final points of the game.
Discounting Smith’s touchdown, Fitch only sustained one solid drive against the Leopards defense. The Falcons drove 47 yards in 6 plays early on in the second quarter. That drive ended with Junior Quarterback Nate Fowler connecting with Junior Wide Receiver Jason Johns for a 17 yard touchdown. Johns caught the ball at the Louisville 8, broke a tackle, and reached the endzone.
The Leopards opening drive was their best of the night as they traveled 59 yards on 10 plays. The drive stalled on the Falcons 17 and a missed field goal resulted.
Louisville crossed midfield just one more time in the opening half, but a penalty brought relocated them back into their own territory on the next play. The Leopards got as close as the Fitch 23 late in the third quarter, but their third down play resulted in a 2 yard loss and the drive ended with an incompletion in the endzone on fourth down.
Senior Defensive Back J.C. Mikovich also recorded the Falcons other interception. On the second play of the fourth quarter he made a wild leaping grab at the Austintown 22 yard line to end the Leopards final relevant drive.
With the loss, Louisville is now 0-2 all-time against Austintown Fitch.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Alliance Aviators on Friday, September 16 at 7:00 PM.
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F – 6:05 – Zach Krohn 43 yd Int. Return
Dylan Correia PAT
1 play 43 yds
F – 9:09 – Jason Johns 17 yd pass from Nate Fowler
Dylan Correia PAT
6 plays 47 yds
F – 5:14 – Randy Smith 73 yd run
Dylan Correia PAT
3 plays 77 yds
F – 1:10 – Safety
F – 6:15 – Dylan Correia 28 yd Field Goal
8 plays 25 yds
1st Downs: Louisville: 11
Rushing/Yds: Louisville: 24 carries 57 yds
Fitch: 41 carries 193 yds
Passing: Louisville: 16 of 33 for 141 yds 0 TD’s 2 INTs
Fitch: 3 of 9 for 53 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Fumbles/Lost: Louisville: 3/1
Penalties/Yds: Louisville: 1 / 10
Fitch: 6 / 45
3rd Down Conversions: Louisville: 1 / 14
Fitch: 1 / 12
4th Down Conversions: Louisville: 2 / 3
Fitch: 1 / 2
Louisville: Brody Hahn: 12 carries for 35 yds
Gavin Van Zant: 10 carries for 21 yds
Logan Banta: 2 carries for 1 yd
Fitch: Randy Smith 25 carries for 119 yds, 1 TD
Fitch: Jason Johns: 3 catches for 53 yds, 1 TD
Louisville: Brody Hahn: 16 of 33 for 141 yds 0 TD’s 2 INT’s
Fitch: Nate Fowler: 3 of 9 for 53 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Records: Austintown Fitch 2-1, Louisville 1-2