Powell, second-half surge lead Harding to rematch win over Fitch

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Brysen Powell rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Brysen Powell rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown in a resurgent second-half Friday night as Warren Harding defeated Austintown Fitch 24-10 in round three of the OHSAA High School Football playoffs.

After a 10-0 deficit at half-time, the Raiders outscored the Falcons 24-0 in the second half.

The game was a rematch from week one.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons took the first lead of the game with a Josiah Berni field goal early in the second to take a 3-0 lead.

The Falcons recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and it soon paid dividends. With 8:07 remaining in the first half, Devin Sherwood connected with Tyler Evans for a 16-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to extend the lead to 10-0.

After a scoreless first half, the Raiders came out of the locker room with one explosive play after another. After a long kickoff return to open the second half, Powell scored on a long touchdown run on their opening play. The Falcon lead shrunk to just 10-7 only seconds into the 3rd quarter.

The next Harding possession finished with another score, this time with Elijah Taylor connecting with Deaveion Burgess for a diving, go-ahead touchdown to give the Raiders their first lead of the game, 14-10.

Feeling the pressure of a surging Raiders’ team, the Falcons opted for a fake punt deep in their end of the field on their next possession, which they failed to convert. Harding turned the great field position into a 21-10 midway through the third with Taylor sneaking in a short TD to end the drive.

With just under four minutes left to play, a Harding field goal extended the lead again, this time to 24-10.

The Raiders move on to play Hudson in round four.

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