By ALYSSA NIELSEN
WS sports reporter
DAYTON – The West Side Pirates hosted the Firth Cougars football team Friday night in the opening game of the season for both teams. The Pirates fought fiercely but came up short in the fourth quarter, losing 24-12.
During the first quarter of the game, the Pirates’ defense proved to be strong. On the offensive side of the game, coach Tyson Moser started sophomore Peyton Brown as the quarterback.
With over eight minutes left in the first quarter, West Side’s Jantz Ebanez scored the first touchdown of the night. Later in that same quarter, Matt Turnbow intercepted a pass thrown by Firth’s quarterback, Jackson Thompson.
In the second quarter the Pirate defense stayed strong and Triston Cox sacked Firth’s quarterback leaving the Cougars with a fourth down and 17 yards to go.
With just under five minutes to go in the first half quarterback Turnbow, who rotates with Brown, threw a pass to Clay Morgan in the end zone for a touchdown, which was soon matched by a touchdown by Firth’s quarterback. The first half ended at 12-6 for West Side.
The third quarter was slow for both teams with neither scoring during the allotted 12 minutes. At the beginning of the fourth, Firth’s Connor Montgomery ran unstopped from the Cougar’s own 26 yard line all the way for a touchdown.
That score was soon followed by an intercepted pass and incredible run by Firth bringing the ball to West Side’s three-yard line. Montgomery scored and West Side fell behind 18-12. Montgomery then had a pick and scored again with Firth up 24-12 at the end.
Turnbow said, “We came out fired up and ready to play in the first half. But we were flat in the second. They had some big plays that really got their momentum going and we just never recovered.”
“We have a lot of play makers all over the field. We just need to work on a few things and we’ll be ready for next week,” said senior Lane Meek.
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