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Southridge gets right in 41-0 Metro shutout of Apollos

Southridge senior QB Tom Farinacci accounts for 214 yards and four TDs as the Skyhawks soar in their Metro opener

CEDAR MILL - Southridge knew it needed to get right for Metro League play and knew it needed to get right in a hurry.

Unfortunately for Sunset, the Skyhawks did just that Friday night.

Southridge (1-0 in Metro, 3-2 overall) shook off two consecutive non-league losses in a big way Friday at Sunset, limiting the Apollos to 117 yards in total offense in a 41-0 shutout.

'I thought our kids played well, especially on defense. We played really well defensively,' said Southridge coach Brad Mastrud.

The Apollos, who dropped to 0-1 and 2-3, could not say the same.

'Southridge's defense played well, but we compounded that by not playing our best football,' said Sunset coach Mike Mitchell. 'I thought Southridge won all three phases of the game and that doesn't normally happen to us.'

Southridge quarterback Tom Farinacci earned the biggest dividends Friday night, rushing for 11 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and throwing for 103 more yards and two additional TDs.

'Tom had a good night and we were more balanced offensively,' Mastrud said. 'Our kids came out and played with some emotion.'

Farinacci's TD passes went to Austin Hope for 11 yards and to Tyler Harman for 23 yards. Kevin Coleman added a 1-yard run and Kirk Werhane and 11-yard run for Southridge's other two scores.

Quarterback Kyle Harper led Sunset with a 6-of-13 passing day for 67 yards, including two to Kevin Petermeyer for 29 yards.

'The guys' pride was hurt in this game because we are a better team than we showed,' Mitchell said. 'They are looking to respond well this week.'