CANTON — The Ferris Yellowjackets (1-5, 0-1) came off a bye week and traveled to (3-3, 1-0) Canton to square off with the Eagles in the first District 6-2A game of the season.
Unfortunately, the losing streak continued for the Yellowjackets in heartbreak (and closer than the final score reflected) fashion, 45-22.
Ferris took the opening kickoff at the Canton 19-yard line and was soon forced to punt. After a three-and-out and shanked punt, Devonte Williams ran the ball in from 42 yards out for the first Canton score of the game. The two-point conversion was no good, giving Canton a 6-0 lead.
The Canton offense was nowhere near finished, either,
On the Eagles next possession, Simon Miller pulled down a fake punt for a 30-yard first down and then scored from 30 yards out on the next play.
On the next possession for Canton Dylan Cox runs it in from 50 yards as Carter day passes to Kate Shaw for the two-point conversion. After Ferris turns it over on downs again, Canton quarterback McGuire Martin rushed for 77 yards down to the Ferris 3-yard line.
He then carried the ball in from three yards out with extra point splitting the uprights for a 14-0 Eagle lead.
Ferris was once again forced to turn the ball over on downs on its next possession, and McGuire capitalized when he found an open receiver for a 42-yard touchdown.
Ferris and kicker Gustavo Martinez managed a field goal before the half, but Canton carried a 30-9 lead into the locker room.
Martin added another score for the Eagles early in the second half and then carried the football in for the two-point conversion. After the teams traded the football several times over the next 10-plus minutes, Canton took the 38-9 lead into the fourth quarter with the Ferris offense threatening deep in Eagle territory.
On the very first play of the fourth quarter, Ferris' Damien Edwards took the ball in from six yards out and Martinez added the extra point to pull the Yellowjackets closer, 38 - 16.
Canton recovered the ensuing onside kick. And, on the very next play, Dylan Cox took a handoff 51 yards to the house for a 45-16 Eagle lead.
Ferris did not quit, though. On a triple reverse, Riley Fagan tossed a 33-yard touchdown to Matthew Nunez for the Yellowjackets. The extra point was blocked to keep the Eagles ahead 45-22.
The score held through the final buzzer.
Ferris returns home for its second District 6-2A game of the year on Friday when the Yellowjackets host the Wildcats of Emory Rains. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.