HENRIETTA TWP. — It took 13 seconds for Black River’s Andrew Vaughn to start running wild Friday night.
Vaughn ran untouched for a 60-yard touchdown on the Pirates’ first play from scrimmage and scored six touchdowns to lead Black River to a 73-35 Patriot Athletic Conference win over Firelands.
Vaughn finished with 268 yards rushing on just 15 carries. He scored five rushing touchdowns and also caught a TD pass from quarterback Brock Waltz. Black River also got 166 yards and two TDs from sophomore David Bell and 74 yards and a pair of TDs from Colin Filak. The Pirates rushed for 545 yards as a team.
“I was untouched the first play. That’s a credit to my offensive line,” Vaughn said. “They executed their assignments. They blew the holes open. They’re doing the dirty work and we’re taking advantage of it.”
After Vaughn’s opening score, he added TD runs from 6, 35, 61 and 35 yards and caught a 62-yard TD pass from Waltz to open the second half. He also converted a pair of two-point conversions for 40 points — the most by a Medina County player since Medina’s Dean “Mighty Mite” Brubaker in 1947 (41 vs. Akron Hower).
“Vaughn is a great player. He can do it all,” Black River coach Al Young said. “He just keeps putting big stats out there. He’s that kind of player. He’s not a selfish player. He’s a great team guy. We’re fortunate to have a kid like him. Every time he touches the ball, he’s a threat, whether it’s running, catching or returning kicks. He’s also a tremendous defensive player, although that gets overshadowed.”
Waltz, who had just one passing touchdown going into the game, threw two Friday, the other to Brad Spencer. Spencer also blocked a punt when the Pirates held just a 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter. It was recovered at the 6-yard line to set up Vaughn’s second score.
The teams combined for 108 points, 1,014 yards on offense and 16 touchdowns.
Firelands (0-8, 0-5) had trouble stopping the potent offense of Black River (6-2, 5-0), but put up 35 points behind sophomore quarterback Brad Thrasher, who rushed for four touchdowns. Thrasher totaled 245 yards on the ground, including TD runs of 66, 67, 67 and 39. He also threw a TD pass to Colin Myers.
“Thrasher is progressing and is showing flashes,” Firelands coach Mike Passerrello said. “We’ve shown flashes offensively, but we’ve also shown flashes of a very young team. This was definitely one of his better games this year.”
Down 61-14 in the third quarter, Firelands scored on back-to-back possessions to make it 61-28, but that was the closest the Falcons were able to get. After Thrasher’s 67-yard touchdown run, Firelands recovered Black River’s only fumble of the night and capitalized when Myers caught a 62-yard TD pass.
“Our kids have shown that they’re fighters,” Passerrello said. “It’s not the outcome that anybody wants. Our tackling was poor, but the kids don’t stop playing.”
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Black River 73, Firelands 35
BLACK RIVER 28 27 12 6 — 73
FIRELANDS 7 7 21 0 — 35
B — Andrew Vaughn 60 run (kick failed).
F — Brad Thrasher 66 run (Tristan Clark kick).
B — Colin Filak 4 run (Vaughn run).
B — Vaughn 6 run (pass failed).
B — Brad Spencer 14 pass from Brock Waltz (David Bell pass from Waltz).
B — Vaughn 62 pass from Waltz (kick failed).
F — Thrasher 67 run (Clark kick).
B — Vaughn 35 run (Vaughn run).
B — Vaughn 61 run (Spencer kick).
B — Bell 7 run (kick blocked).
B — Bell 75 run (kick failed).
F — Thrasher 67 run (Clark kick).
F — Colin Myers 62 pass from Thrasher (Clark kick).
B — Vaughn 35 run (kick failed).
F — Thrasher 39 run (Clark kick).
B — Filak1 run (kick failed).
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