Falcons not star-struck by Comets
Football: Falcon QB Tyson Pitcher gets first start in more than a month
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 12:43 pm
There’s nothing like family Tys.
Foothills Falcon quarterback Tyson Pitcher made his first start since the start of the season and led the squad to a 16-3 victory over Alberta juggernaut Raymond Comets Saturday.
“I was really glad that I had the chance to play against Raymond because I have family down there,” said the Grade 12 Pitcher who was coming off a lower-body injury. “I have never played Raymond before and they have been a very competitive team for years.”
The Comets went into the game ranked fifth in Division I — the big boys in Alberta. They have won seven champions since 1996 and their alumni include Calgary Stampeder wall of famer Lloyd Fairbanks and the Ralph brothers.
So winning — especially in Raymond — was a big deal for Foothills.
“We needed this one,” Falcons coach Darren Olson said. “A lot of the kids know guys from Raymond and know their history. It is challenging when you take on the Comets.”
The two teams were deadlocked at zero at halftime as the offences sputtered.
Pitcher took full blame for the Falcons misfiring.
“I made some mental mistakes and we struggled a little bit,” Pitcher said. “We were inside the Comets’ five-yard line twice and we didn’t convert.
“But that’s because we have some injured players back and we were just getting into the things.”
The Comets had to settle for a field goal in their opening drive of the second-half to take a 3-0 lead after a good stand by the bend-but-don’t break Falcons’ D.
Foothills got on the board in the third quarter when Pitcher threw a 15-yard strike to receiver Tyson Hartle who turned up field and ran 10 more yards for the major.
“The Raymond (defensive back) was lined up on the inside and I just got behind him,” Hartle said. “I was wide open and Ty saw me and hit me with a good pass.”
Although not brothers, the two Tysons have a tie that binds.
“It’s Tyson-Squared we like to call it,” Pitcher said with a chuckle. “It’s always fun to hit Tyson. He was wide open and took it in.”
The combination would hook up again early in the fourth quarter when Pitcher hit a wide-open Hartle in the end zone to make it 15-3 from six yards out.
“I was right in front of him (the defender) and Tyson put it right there,” Hartle said.
Defence gets a major assist on the second Falcon major.
The touchdown was set up by a pick by Falcon Tanner Young.
“Our defence really shut them down — they couldn’t run the ball on us,” Olson said. “We made a few adjustments on pass defence and I would guess they got less than 180 yards total.”
He said linebacker Jake Tighe had another strong game and d-lineman Matt Bruce had a pair of strip-sack fumbles.
Foothills would add a single late in the game to make the final 16-3.
The Falcons, the two-time defending Tier II provincial champions, were coming off a loss to their cross-town rivals the Holy Trinity Academy Knights going into Raymond. With three losses this season, the 3-3 Foothills gang was going through a rough patch.
“This win means a lot to us – I hope it is the turning point for our season,” Pitcher said. “In my first two seasons, we always struggled a bit and then had a winning streak from there.”
The Falcons host the Rundle College Cobras in the Big Rock Conference semifinal on Friday at the Comp.
The winner will advance to the conference final to take on the undefeated at Tier II no. 3 ranked HTA Knights on Oct. 27 at Knights Field.
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