AMHERST, OHIO – After an eight-point win last Friday over the Lakewood Rangers, the Amherst Comets looked more in tune on Friday night in their first home game of the season, beating up the Fireland Falcons 41-0.
The Comets defense dominated from the start, forcing six Falcons turnovers including five interceptions of Firelands quarterback Jacob Farley, who was held to just 43 yards through the air.
On offense the Comets put up a balanced attack, as sophomore Torre Weatherspoon stepped in for an injured Jonathan West and rushed for 123 yards and three scores.
Comets quarterback Tyler Brezina led an efficient air attack, throwing for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-26 passing with one interception.
One bright spot for the Falcons, who fall to 0-2 after a week one loss to Edison, is that they got their run game going, rushing for 136 yards on 30 carries.
The effort comes after they ran for just 19 yards in their opening night 40-25 setback. Junior running back David Crawford ran for 95 yards on 13 carries for Firelands.
The Comets struck in the first quarter on a fourth-down play when Brezina found wide out Ty Weatherspoon from 27 yards out with 6:34 left in the period to make it 7-0.
The Amherst drive covered five plays and 24 yards after the first Falcons interception set up the Comets in great field position.
Weatherspoon scored his first touchdown from three yards out after a second interception by Firelands to push the lead to 14-0 with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter.
The two teams played even in the second quarter until late in the period, when the Comets struck twice to push their lead to 27-0 at half.
After another Firelands turnover, this time a fumble, the Comets went 50 yards in five plays with Brezina finding junior wide out Casey Hamrick from 20 yards out to make it 20-0 after a missed extra point.
The final score of the half came after the fourth Falcons turnover of the half, as Brezina hit senior receiver Kyle Ferguson from 10 yards out with 10.2 seconds left in the first half making it 27-0.
The Comets went on a 12-play, 65-yard drive that took 5:04 to start the second half, using mostly the run game to extend their lead to 34-0.
Weatherspoon finished the drive with a seven-yard score with 6:54 left in the third. The running clock at that point sped up the second half, as Weatherspoon ran in from four yards out with 10:18 left to wrap up the scoring at 41-0.
As a team the Comets put up 349 yards of offense, 159 on the ground and 180 in the air. They also were impressive on third doing, converting 8-of-14 and 2-of-2 on fourth down.
Amherst’s defense held the Falcons to 3-of-11 on third down, and overall 179 yards of offense.
The Comets will be back at home for Southwestern Conference play next Friday, as they will host the Midview Middies at 7pm.
Firelands will play their first home game of 2019 next Friday as they will host rival Vermilion at 7pm.
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