YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Fitch’s defense rose to the occasion for the first three quarters in the Falcons’ impressive 42-34 victory over Ursuline. The Irish outscored the Falcons in the final quarter, 27-0.

Fitch forced four turnovers as the defense scored on a pair of long touchdown returns to remain unbeaten at 4-0.

Ursuline received the opening kickoff and possessed the ball for 14 plays, amassing 64 yards. The Irish converted two third downs — one on a 36-yard connection from Jack Ericson to Will Burney — and a fourth down run by Christian Lynch. However, Fitch stood tall near their goal line to force the turnover on downs.

Fitch took over at their own three-yard line. The Falcons needed 14-plays to move the ball 94-yards which was capped off on a DeShawn Vaughn 26-yard pass play to Jayden Eley. Jamell James carried the ball seven times on the opening drive and accumulated 40 yards on the ground.

On their next drive, Ursuline drove down the field inside the red zone before a fumble ended up being six points for Fitch. D.J. Williams raced 83-yards to extend the Falcon lead to 14-0.

With just over five minutes to play before intermission, the Falcons’ senior safety Bryant Butler picked off an errant pass by Ursuline and returned the interception 38-yards deep into Irish territory. On Fitch’s first play from scrimmage after the timeout, Williams dashed 15-yards up in the middle to give his team a three-touchdown advantage.

After another interception, Fitch finished off their final drive of the first half on a Vaughn to Eley, 12-yard touchdown pass to send the Falcons into the half up 28-0.

On Ursuline’s first possession of the second half, the Irish were turned away on a Cam Smith interception which went for 85-yards for six more points. Fitch has now forced four turnovers.

The Fighting Irish weren’t going down without a fight, Jack Ericson connected with DC Ferrell on a 54-yard pass for a touchdown thirty-six seconds later to cut the deficit to 35-7.

On Fitch’s ensuing drive, Jamell James finds pay dirt from 55-yard away to extend the lead back to 35-points (42-7).

Ursuline fought back in the fourth quarter as the Irish would not go away. Jack Ericson took in a short touchdown run untouched. Then after a slew of penalties against Fitch, Christian Lynch powered his way into the end zone from 15-yards away. DC Ferrell hauled in a long touchdown catch after the Irish recovered an onside kick. With under a minute to play, Will Burney scored from five yards away to bring the Irish within 8 points (42-34).

The Falcons will play host to Bennett (NY) next Friday.

Ursuline (3-1) will hit the road next week when they meet Harding in week five.

Scoring Chart
Fitch, 42-34 (F)
First Quarter
F – Jayden Eley, 26-yard TD catch from DeShawn Vaughn (Josiah Berni kick, 0:22)
Second Quarter
F – DJ Williams, 83-yard fumble return for TD (Berni kick, 10:15)
F – Williams, 15-yard TD run (Berni kick, 5:22)
F – Eley, 12-yard TD catch from Vaughn (Berni kick, 0:28)
Third Quarter
F – Cam Smith, 85-yard interception return for TD (Berni kick, 6:00)
U – DC Ferrell, 54-yard TD catch from Jack Ericson (James McGlone kick, 5:24)
F – Jamell James, 55-yard TD run (Berni kick, 2:46)
Fourth Quarter
U – Ericson, 2-yard TD run (McGlone kick, 11:29)
U – Christian Lynch, 15-yard TD run (McGlone kick, 8:11)
U – Ferrell, 49-yard TD catch from Ericson (McGlone kick, 7:34)
U – Will Burney, 5-yard TD catch from Ericson (kick failed, 0:40)

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