With optimism at hand, the Firebirds (0-1, 0-0 GMC) were shot down in a 22-33 defeat in their first game against the Mason Comets.
The Firebirds looked to be in control throughout the entire first half. They scored on their first possession when junior quarterback Dustin Huff threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior wide-out Vince Cook to take an early 6-0 lead. The Comets would respond quickly with a 2-yard rushing touchdown from senior fullback Brian Porter. Porter ran all over the Firebirds tallying up 154 rushing yards in 19 attempts averaging a humongous 8.1 yards a carry.
Late in the second quarter the Firebirds continued to roll and scored twice in the remaining six minutes of the half. Huff was able to scramble and squeeze by two incoming Mason defenders and found Ohio State bound senior wide-out, Josh Chichester for a 19-yard touching pass. With time ticking, senior kicker J.C Casper hit a 21-yard field goal to make the score 16-7 West at the end of the first half.
After the first half Mason turned things around. The two teams came out of their respective locker rooms and had a scoreless seven minutes until Mason?s senior Ryan Britenriker led the Comets to a relentless second half.
Britenriker scored the first touchdown of the half with a 10-yard run into the end zone. Britenriker would finish with three touchdowns in the game, as Mason outscored the Firebirds 26-6 in the second half. As far as stats are concerned, the Firebirds had more first downs, the same amount of total yards as the Comets. Missed tackles, penalties and awareness were down points throughout the entire game. The Firebirds committed penalties at critical points of the game helped the Comets regain possession and convert on fourth downs, and failed to stop a fake punt that the Comets converted a first down in a drive that ended in a touchdown.
The Firebirds will look for their first win of the season next Friday, September 2, at Winton Woods (1-0) to play at ?The Woods? stadium.
Game Notes: Huff completed 15-24 passes for a record breaking 230 passing yards. The previous record (159 yards) was set by Aaron York against Colerain, in 1998. Huff?s two touchdown passes tied the school record held by several past Firebird quarterbacks. Chichester?s 156 receiving yards against the Comets broke his own single game receiving record of 131 yards against Moeller in last years first round state playoff game. Chichester also recorded 8 receptions that tied the existing Firebird record set by Steph?von Haynes against Sycamore in 2002. « Back