It was a close game throughout, where the offenses held the advantage for most of the afternoon. The two teams combined for over 1100 yards. The first sack by either team didn’t come until the 4th quarter.
Miami started the game with a long drive but it was ended when Gus Ragland threw a pick into the end zone. The Falcons managed a field goal after a 60 yard drive.
The RedHawks then looked like they were ready to pull away after scoring a pair of touchdowns. The ensuing Falcons drive was capped by a 33 yards Josh Cleveland touchdown run.
The two teams traded scores for most of the game after that. The Falcons were able to take the lead, 30-29, late thanks to converting a 3rd and 15 with a 16 yard Andrew Clair run.
After a Miami punt, the Falcons picked up a third and 20 on a 23 yard run by Clair in yet another Miami defensive breakdown. The Falcons were unable to convert the field goal in part because of a high snap, but they were able to take a lot of precious time off the clock with the drive.
Billy Bahl, in for an injured Ragland, led the RedHawks to the Bowling Green 3 before a botched snap resulted in a fumble. Brandon Harris returned the fumble 93 yards for the touchdown and the final score, putting the Falcons up 37-29.
Bahl got the ball to the Falcons 27 before being stopped on 4th down.
Bowling Green put up 280 yards rushing, while the RedHawks were able to run for 238. Kenny Young led Miami with 113 yards on 19 carries while Andrew Clair and Josh Cleveland combined for 238 yards on just 26 carries.
James Morgan threw for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns compared to 1 pick. He only completed 11 of his 25 attempts, but made some impressive throws, too.
Teo Redding had a great day receiving for the Falcons, hauling in 9 passes for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns. James Gardner had another big game for the Redhawks, grabbing 5 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. It was Gardner’s 4th game this season with 100 yards or more.
Ragland was having a good game before he got hurt, completing 16 of 26 passes for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go with that one pick. Billy Bahl came in and performed admirably, going 8 for 17 and 119 yards. A few of those incompletions came in desperation time.
The Falcons got their first win, going to 1-5 and 1-1 in the conference. Miami dropped to 2-4 on the year, and 1-1 in the conference.
The Falcons host the Bobcats, while the RedHawks travel to Kent.