NEW PORT RICHEY — In its first year of all-varsity football, Fivay is headed to the playoffs.
The Falcons' 48-8 defeat of Ridgewood on Friday plus Zephyrhills' loss to Pasco sends them into the postseason as 5A-6 runnerup.
Fivay (7-2, 6-1) opened the scoring on the fourth play of the game, a 36-yard pass from Tyler Degen to Sean McKillen.
The Falcons made it 16-0 on the first play of their next possession as Degen found James Bullock for 46-yard score.
The Rams (1-9, 1-6) got their only touchdown of the game on the following drive. The big play was a 47-yard pass from Bob Peck to tight end Max Livingstone, who wrestled the ball from the defender. Livingstone, who leads the team in receiving, caught a 15-yard pass for a touchdown a few plays later.
But the Falcons responded with a score on their next drive. Only two of Fivay's possessions in the first half did not result in touchdowns, and both were interceptions.
Falcons running back Kyrie Rodriguez rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the first half, and coach Chris Taylor decided to rest his first-string players in the second half.
Davion Sutton took over running back duties for the Falcons, finishing with 84 yards on nine rushes.