NEW PORT RICHEY — What was expected to be a one-sided affair — and started that way — turned into a competitive game during the third quarter Friday.
However, Fivay was able to pull away during the fourth quarter on its way to beating Ridgewood 41-20.
The Falcons led 13-0 after just their second possession. On the second play of the game, Eric Vitale connected with a wide open Christian Coleman for a 75-yard touchdown.
Josh Jones missed the extra point. But after Fivay stopped a Ridgewood drive at midfield, Vitale connected with Trenton Soto on the second play of its second drive for a 40- yard touchdown.
After stopping a Rams drive in their territory, the Falcons marched down the field, this time more slowly. They capped a 16-play drive with Bryan Poinsette’s 10-yard touchdown run.
The Rams were able to stop the bleeding.
They needed only three minutes to cut into Fivay’s lead as Nick Michaels found Clarence Farria in the corner of the end zone to make it 20-7.
Davion Sutton’s 45-yard run extended Fivay’s lead to 27-7 at halftime.
The third quarter, though, was all Ridgewood.
Fullback Jerry Opalka ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns — on four carries — to trim the lead to 27-20.
But the game belonged to Coleman and the Falcons.
He caught two more touchdowns — 76 and 46 yards — during the fourth quarter to finally put the game out of reach.