Farrell rolls past Ridgway to return to the finals
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Farrell started with a bang and never looked back as Steelers rolled past Ridgway 36-0 Friday night at Clarion University in the PIAA Class A Quarterfinals.
“We had a great gameplan, and these guys came out and put it to the test and executed it very well tonight,” said Farrell head coach Jarrett Samuels. “To be back into the final four again, I’m extremely proud.”
Steelers wide receiver Jourdan Townsend led the way with a monster game as he amassed 230 yards of offense including 226 receiving and scoring the game’s first two touchdowns.
Right from the get-go Townsend and his quarterback Isaac Clarke connected on a 73-yard bomb to open the scoring just 19 seconds into the game, and Farrell never looked back.
“They gave us the ball first, and I was shocked,” said Samuels. “We knew all week long we said from our offense that we were going to line Jourdan (Townsend) up in the slot and throw the ball out of it. We got something special as a result.
Townsend and Clarke would hook up again on a 3rd-and-18 for a 19-yard score putting the Steelers in front 14-0 after a quarter.
“Those guys are dynamic, and our gameplan was to come out and throw to open up our running game,” said Samuels. “But offensive line up front protection wise and opening holes up for us was the heart and soul for us today.”
Farrell the continued to dominate as a pair of second-quarter scores left them one touchdown shy of the mercy-rule at the half.
Christian Lewis broke several tackles and raced for a 37-yard touchdown; while Tymir Green punctuated a 4-play 62-yard drive with a 4-yard run following a 57-yard completion between Clarke and Townsend.
“We came in and thought we had a good gameplan against them, but they hit that first big play off the bat, that hurt,” said Ridgway head coach Mark Heindl.
Farrell outgained Ridgway 369 to 42 in the first half.
The Elkers gained just 68 yards of offense in the game while totaling only four first downs.
This is the second straight season Farrell has ended Ridgway’s run in the quarterfinals. Last year the Elkers dropped a 20-7 decision in Slippery Rock where they gained just 32 yards and five first downs.
That means in two games the back-to-back District 9 Champions have mustered just 100 yards of offense and nine first downs versus the stingy Steelers defense.
Farrell put the mercy-rule into effect with Green’s second 4-yard touchdown run of the game with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter.
“We could have folded our tents a few times there, but out kids held strong and played hard through the fourth quarter,” said Heindl. “I’m very proud of my kids we’re district champions, but things just didn’t go our way tonight. We’re back-to-back district champs, and these seniors made the program better now than when they started here.”
The Steelers will now await the WPIAL Class A Champion either Jeannette or Imani Christian Academy in the semifinals.
“It’s going to be fun; we’re going to go down and watch that game. But it’s all about us, and we have to continue to play the way we’ve been playing,” said Samuels.
Stats courtesy of Ryan Briggs: @professorbriggs
Farrell 36 Ridgway 0
Score by Quarters
Farrell – 14 14 8 0 – 36
Ridgway – 0 0 0 0 – 0
F – Jourdan Townsend 73 yd pass from Isaac Clarke (Tymir Green from Clarke), 11:41
F – Townsend 19 yd pass from Clarke (rush failed), 0:20
F – Christian Lewis 37 yd run (pass failed), 3:50
F – Green 4 yd run (Townsend from Clarke), 3:50
F – Green 4 yd run (Townsend from Clarke), 5:20
Rushing: Farrell – Christian Lewis 11-115; Tymir Green 14-69; Josh Nix 9-29; Jaden Harrison 3-4; Jourdan Townsend 1-4; Isaac Clarke 4-1; TEAM 2-minus 2; Raymond Raver Jr. 1-minus 5. Totals: 45-215. Ridgway-Johnny Mitchell 9-27; Evan Furlong 7-16; Neil MacDonald 3-8. Totals: 19-51.
Receiving: Farrell – Jourdan Townsend 9-226; Josh Nix 1-7; Tymir Green 1-5; Christian Lewis 1-4. Ridgway – Evan Furlong 1-12; Neil MacDonald 1-5; Andy Breier 1-0.
Passing: Farrell – Isaac Clarke 11-16-0-235; Raymond Raver Jr. 1-1-0-7. Ridgway-Johnny Mitchell 3-14-3-17.
Interceptions: Farrell – Farrell-Jourdan Townsend 1-21; Juwon Samuels 1-14; Nortorius Atwood 1-3.
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