What started as a promising season with a group of experienced players has, so far, turned into a nightmare.

The Firebirds became the latest victim of 3rd ranked Akron Hoban with a 35-18 loss on Friday night.

The game began on a sour note that seemed to set the tone.  The 'Birds' fumbled the opening kickoff deep in their own territory giving the ball to Hoban in excellent field position.  It didn't take Tyrell Sutton, Hoban's junior tailback sensation, long to find the end zone.  Sutton, running behind a huge offensive line scored five touchdowns on the night and kept the Firebirds on their heels.

The Chanel offense never seemed to get going and was again plagued by, what has become routine, the dropping of catch able passes by wide open receivers. This is the third consecutive game that the "receivers" have dropped at least one certain touchdown pass.  Kudos to Chris McMilan for his
determined effort to score in the second quarter and get Chanel back into the game.

The defense had its hands full all night with Sutton but came out fired up in the second half, stopping Hoban on its first possession, leading to a blocked punt that was recovered and run into the end zone narrowing the score to 21-18.  But, Sutton, on the ensuing kickoff ran the ball back over 70 yards putting Hoban right back in business.  It didn't take long for the Knights, via Sutton, to get into the end zone and put the game away.

Antonio Steele started at inside linebacker and had an unheard of 26 tackles, while Cornerback Bruce Hampton had 15 tackles in the losing effort.

If the offense doesn't crank it up and become less predictable and the "receivers" learn how to hold onto passes, the playoffs will only be a dream.

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