The Blair Oaks Falcons blitzed their way to an 18-0 first quarter lead and ran to a 42-13 win over the SoBoCo Eagles on Friday night in Ashland.
Convincing anyone who doesn’t think they should be ranked No. 2 in the state, the Falcons drove the ball to the Eagles goal line on their first possession, but were stopped by a Kolton Schupp interception at the goal line.
Didn’t matter. Two plays later the Eagles were caught for a safety in the end zone.
After the Eagles kicked it back to them, the Falcons needed only three plays to go 45-yards for a Nolan Hair-to-Cody Alexander TD pass. The two-point conversion was good for a 10-0 lead.
After the Eagles went three-and-out, the Falcons went 65 yards in five plays for their 18-0 lead.
But SoBoCo’s Jackson Sartain brought the home crowd to life with an electrifying kickoff return to the Falcons 21-yard line. However, the Eagles could not capitalize and turned the ball over on downs. It was one of three times in the game that the Eagles moved the ball inside the Blair Oaks 25 and came away without points.
SoBoCo out-played the Falcons in the second quarter, with tough defense – including a big sack by Sartain and another pass interception. But Parker Boyce missed on a 27-yard field goal attempt and the Falcons took the ball for a 80-yards in five plays for a TD and a 24-0 lead.
The Eagles finally got on the board on a Spencer Taggart to Clay Jeffery TD pass with 56-seconds left in the first half.
The Falcons on their first possession of the second half, but Seth Mueller’s interception stopped another scoring bid. However, Brenden Brown’s 3-yard TD blast made the score 36-7 and put the game out of reach.
SoBoCo’s Spencer Taggart found Jeffery across the middle and the speedy receiver ran through two Falcons tacklers for the final Eagles score.
Blair Oaks tacked on a late TD with 1:22 remaining for the 42-13 final score.
“I think we made several good plays, but we gave up a lot of long runs and big plays to them, which led to the difference,” said Eagles coach Trent Tracy. “We played very well at times and bad at times. But we will learn from this and come back next week – we have at least four games left to play.”
SoBoCo drops to 4-2 and 2-2 in the Tri-County Conference. The Eagles will end the sixth week in either third or fourth place in the district standings.