ONAWAY-If the constant rain was bothering the Onaway Cardinals on Friday they didn't show it.
Instead, they stormed ahead of the Fife Lake Forest Area Warriors to win 41-8.
The end of the first half did not indicate that such a blow-out would take place. In fact, Austin Vance from Forest Area scored a touchdown and then converted a two-point conversion with 10 seconds left in the first quarter to move ahead ahead of Onaway 8-7.
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Forest Area receiver Austin Vance hauls in a pass during a football game Friday at Onaway High School. Onaway defeated Forest Area 41-8 to improve to 3-0 on the season.
It was the first and only time Forest Area would be ahead.
Onaway (3-0) struck quickly in the second quarter. Running back Jason Sigsby immediately ran for 18 yards to give Onaway excellent field position. Sigsby rushed for 69 yards on 18 attempts and caught two passes for 23 yards for Onaway which led 19-8 at the half.
Quarterback Matt Tollini eventually threw a touchdown pass to Tommy Auger that was called back on a holding penalty. However, Chae Whitsitt walked into the end zone on the next play to put Onaway ahead 13-8 with 9:47 left in the second quarter.
Whitsitt lead the team in rushing yards with 103 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.
Later in the quarter, Forest Area was stopped in the red zone after a drive that included a 25- yard run from Jordan Cecil and a 24-yard catch by Vance.
Onaway then drove the ball down the field in an impressive drive that included a 30 yard pass to Noah Bacon, a 23 yard pass to Rich Hoff Jr. and a five-yard rush by Tollini with 36 seconds left in the half.
Tollini hit 8-of-18 passes for 212 total yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown.
Onaway coach Brian Whitsitt spoke highly of Forest Area's play.
"Forest Area played great in the first half," he said. "They were pushing hard and getting great drives. We made some adjustments and played better in the second half."
Onaway outscored Forest Area 28-0 in the second half.
During the Cardinals' next drive, Sigsby earned the first of four personal fouls his team would earn. The second personal foul ended the drive.
It appeared at this point that tempers were flaring and players were taking the game personally.
"We went into the game knowing tempers might fly," Whitsitt said. "Most of the boys kept their heads but it got heated a few times."
Onaway recovered a fumble during Forest Area's next drive and Bacon then scored on a 74-yard pass with 4:46 left in the third to put Onaway up 27-8 after the successful two point conversion.
Bacon led the team with two catches for 104 yards and one touchdown.
Auger intercepted the ball on Forest Area's next drive, running 50 yards for a touchdown that was called back for a block in the back. Onaway drove down the field after this setback and scored with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Bautista with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter with a two point conversion to go up 35-8.
Bautista caught two balls for 44 yards and one touchdown.
Two drives later, Onaway scored again with a two-yard Tollini run, putting Onaway up 41-8.
Onaway plays at Gaylord St. Mary next Friday.