BY STEVE CAMPBELL Tribune correspondent
Published: August 31, 2013
NEW PORT RICHEY — In a game that featured nearly 800 yards of offense, it was the combination of quarterback Eric Vitale and wideout Christian Coleman that enabled the Fivay Falcons to beat Ridgewood at Rams Booster Stadium.
It was all Fivay in the first half. Vitale threw TD passes on the Falcons’ two opening possessions to Coleman and Trenton Soto. Fivay used a balanced first half (126 yards rushing, 154 passing) to take a 27-7 lead into the locker room.
Ridgewood changed its offensive game plan in the third quarter and mounted a comeback. Fullback Jerry Opalka ran the trap at will through the heart of the Fivay defense, and the Rams closed within one score entering the final quarter. Opalka had 91 yards rushing.
Vitale and the Falcons’ passing game took over in the final quarter, however. The senior found Coleman twice for touchdown passes of 77 and 46 yards. Vitale threw for 280 yards on the night, with 239 of them going to Coleman on just four receptions. Davion Sutton added 117 yards on the ground for Fivay.