Running game carries Firebirds

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team’s rushing attack proved to be too much to overcome when the Firebirds took on Jordan-Elbridge Friday.

Avery Chisolm, Brock Maruscsak and Austin Farco combined to rush for 335 yards while defensively, Phoenix forced three interceptions to helped the Firbirds hang on for a 33-26 win.

The back and forth atmosphere of the first quarter foreshadowed the action that the remainder of the game offered.

Chisolm, Phoenix’s quarterback, quickly showed Jordan-Elbridge just how much offense he could generate with his feet. Chisolm gave Phoenix a 7-0 following a 65-yard touchdown run. Jordan-Elbridge responded before the first quarter concluded. The Eagles cut the Firebirds’ lead down to one point at 7-6 following a six-yard touchdown run by Brad McMahon.

During the second quarter, Phoenix struck again. Phoenix took a 14-6 lead when Furco scored on a touchdown run from two yards out.

Jordan-Elbridge had an impressive rushing attack as well. Before the first half concluded, Colby Trexler showed just what he is capable of when he took the handoff and ran 64 yards for the score. Trexler’s score cut The Firebirds lead to 14-12.

Early in the third quarter, Trexler gave Jordan-Elbridge its first lead of the game following a touchdown run from 41 yards out. However, Phoenix was not intimidated. The Firebirds tied the game at 20-20 when Maruscsak scored on a 16-yard touchdown run before the third quarter ended.

The determination Phoenix displayed paid off during the fourth quarter. Maruscsak’s second touchdown of the game put the Firebirds on top once again. Maruscsak scored on a run from four yards out to give Phoenix a 27-20 lead.

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