HUDSON — Since the opening of Fivay four years ago, the Falcons have owned the rivalry against nearby Hudson.
The two teams were going in different directions after the game, with Hudson moving on to the playoffs and Fivay heading into the offseason, and something had to give.
Fivay would not back down and continued its dominance, as the Falcons came away with a 33-26 homecoming victory against the Cobras Friday night.
“This is a great win for us,” Fivay coach Chris Taylor said. “A lot of people wrote us off during the season and we played in a tough district against some tough opponents.”
Hudson (6-4) started off strong behind a consistent passing attack led by junior quarterback Joey Caruso. Caruso connected with running back Zach Russell (five catches, 90 yards) on a 32-yard fade route to give Hudson a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. Fivay (4-6) did not stay silent for long, however, as Falcons quarterback Eric Vitale helped engineer a 53-yard drive, which culminated in a 1-yard TD run by Vitale to tie it at 6. The teams traded touchdowns before halftime, highlighted by a Noah Siegrist 29-yard run that set up a 1-yard sneak by Caruso.
Siegrist (23 carries, 143 yards) scored on a 29-yard run and Caruso (6-of-13, 112 yards) connected with Dean Simon on a 6-yard pass to go up 26-20 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
Fivay came up big late, and Vitale (9-of-17, 202 yards) threw touchdowns of 83 and 47 to Trenton Soto (6 catches, 194 yards).
Hudson 0 13 13 0 — 26
Fivay 0 13 7 13 — 33
H - Russell 34 pass from Caruso (pass failed)
F - Vitale 1 run (kick failed)
F - Dalton 6 pass from Vitale (Jones kick)
H - Caruso 1 run (Binder kick)
F - Taylor 4 run (Jones kick)
H - Siegrist 29 run (kick failed)
H - Simon 20 pass from Caruso (Binder kick)
F - Soto 83 pass from Vitale (Jones kick)
F - Soto 47 pass from Vitale (kick failed)