Jordy Stoller scored three tuochdowns and Falls City High captured a third consecutive victory over rival Auburn last Friday on the road, beating the Bulldogs 32-0 to improve to 4-1 on the 2014 season.
The Tiger defense held Auburn to just 86 total yards of offense — one fewer than a year ago — and produced four takeaways, two of which, a 27-yard interception return by Stoller late in the opening period, and a fourth-quarter fumble forced by Brenden Heckenlively and recovered by little brother Zayne, directly resulted in points. Brenden also recovered a fumble in the game, as did Weston Witt, and Jack Hartman (team-high eight tackles), Payton Adams (four unassisted stops), Derek McCann (1 1/2 sacks) and Zach Jordening (one sack, six-yard loss) dominated defensively.
The Tigers are now at the midpoint of a four-week stretch of, for lack of a better term, stinkers. Or, rather, tune-ups for an Oct. 17 date at Syracuse for what will almost certainly decide the C1-1 District title. After falling to Ashland-Greenwood 34-0 in Week 3, FC outscored Douglas County West and Auburn by a combined score of 92-12. Expect much of the same this Friday at 1-4 Lousiville, and even worse the following week when winless Johnson County Central comes to town.
It’s all preparation for the 17th.
Syracuse started 0-2 with losses at Bishop Neumann (30-29) and Ashland (28-13), but have since won three in a row, handily beating Lincoln Lutheran (45-0), Wahoo (45-9) and Johnson CC (42-0).
At Auburn, the Tigers got on the board with 7:32 to play in the opening quarter, as Brenden Heckenlively, a senior, scored on a 14-yard run. Hartman’s PAT run attempt was stuck, though, making it 6-0 FC.
Before the end of the period, Stoller, a senior, jumped a Skylar Hopper pass intended for Nick Koso and returned all the way home for another six. This time, the snap went to Witt, who bulled his way into the end zone, giving FC a 14-0 lead.
Falls City got on the board one more time before half, as Hartman (6-of-8 throwing for 140 yards; 58 yards rushing) completed the first of two touchdown throws to Stoller. This one, a five-yarder, came with 1:17 to play in the half. The encore, 25 seconds into the second half, went for 73.
The Heckenlively’s teamed up for the final tally, as Brended forced the ball loose at the Auburn three and Zayne took it from there, carrying it across with 9:40 to play.