HUDSON — Fivay continues to roll, and no end is in sight.
The Falcons shut out Hudson 35-0 Thursday, and after the game Fivay coach Chris Taylor harped to his team about "being in the driver's seat" for a playoff spot.
It was hard to imagine the second-year program would be in this position midway through the season, but here Fivay (4-1) is. The Falcons flexed their offensive muscle by mixing up the play calling, rushing for 184 yards and three touchdowns and passing for 138 yards and another two scores.
After senior Kyrie Rodriguez, who came into the game with a tender ankle, rushed for 66 yards in the first half, it was sophomore Bryan Poinsette (13 carries, 89 yards) who got the majority of the carries in the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter.
Fivay quarterback Tyler Degen has been a welcome surprise under center, and that trend continued this week. The junior passed for two touchdowns, one to James Bullock (three receptions, 52 yards) and one to Sean McKillen (five receptions, 66 yards).
"One of our biggest concerns coming into this game was our pass protection, and we improved on that a lot," Taylor said. "I was very impressed with the time that Tyler had to find our receivers."
Although the defense tossed up nothing but zeroes on the scoreboard, Taylor wasn't as impressed with that unit. Hudson (0-5) pounded the ball behind running back Hayden Moyer (21 carries, 95 yards) and ate up a lot of clock.
"Defensively, we didn't show up today," Taylor said. "You can't let (the opponent) get into short-yardage situations over and over again."
In the end, the Cobras were never able to put points on the board despite getting into Fivay territory multiple times.