HUDSON — Fivay's Tyler Degen brought everything he had Friday to keep his Falcons' playoff hopes alive.
The Falcons needed a win, and help from Anclote and Zephyrhills, to force a tiebreaker for district runnerup. They got everything they needed, starting with a 55-28 victory.
On their first offensive play after a Ridgewood penalty, Degen connected with Andrew Meyer for a 64-yard touchdown, giving the Falcons the 7-0 lead 24 seconds in. The duo capped off the Falcons' next drive from 4 yards out.
After another punt by the Rams (1-9, 1-6), running back Justin Erwin ran from the 1-yard line, making it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Degen did not let up. On the Falcons' first play of the second quarter, Degen and Meyer hooked up for the third time, this one from 59 yards.
The defense added a safety on the next play for a 30-0 lead.
Ridgewood got on the scoreboard when running back Elton Grigley went 35 yards. Fivay (6-3, 5-2) answered when Degen found Willis Reeves for the 17-yard catch and score.