OBERLIN — Seth Hurd showed why he’s one of the best quarterbacks in Lorain County.
The senior guided Vermilion to a 56-13 season-opening win over Oberlin at Phoenix Stadium by showing off his skills.
Hurd went 6-of-10 passing for 139 yards and threw four touchdowns. He also had 18 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
“I can’t really say anything about myself,” Hurd said. “My receivers and offensive line came out and played a phenomenal game.
“The line drove off the ball every single play tonight … they really brought it. Our perimeter blocking was huge tonight, as well.”
Before Hurd had reservations for the end zone, senior Jonah Pfeil had a 45-yard touchdown run, making it 7-0 Vermilion with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
The Sailors defense forced a three-and-out and it didn’t take long for Hurd to get his first touchdown. He threw a 54-yard slant to Pfeil, who broke two tackles to double the score to 14-0.
Pfeil had a combined 99 yards on offense to go with his two touchdowns.
“I felt like I did pretty good,” Pfeil said. “I couldn’t have done it without my offensive line and they had great blocks.”
Oberlin fumbled in back-to-back possessions to set up two quick scores for the Sailors. The first was a Kameron Caskey 14-yard touchdown pass from Hurd near the end of the first quarter.
Then Hurd showed off his running skills early in the second quarter with a 14-yard touchdown to make it 28-0 Vermilion.
Hurd finished the demonstration of his passing talent with two touchdowns in the second quarter. He threw a 35-yarder to senior Addison Painter and a 14-yard to Caskey to extend the lead to 42-0.
Vermilion coach Brett Colahan, who earned his first career victory, was pleased with the way his quarterback played.
“I thought he played really well and he was making really good reads,” Colahan said. “The stuff we’ve been seeing in practice that we really liked and he’s still executing on things.”
Jakob Koleszar rushed for the final two touchdowns and made it 56-0 going into halftime.
“I think our line opened up holes for me really well,” Koleszar said.
Oberlin continued to have problems holding onto the football. The Phoenix had 11 fumbles in the first half and lost eight of them.
The Phoenix did show some fight at the end with two touchdowns from quarterback Azaire Hairston. He threw a 38-yard pass to Aaron Arnold and a 60-yarder to Aaron Hopkins for the final score of 56-13.
“We’ve got a lot of first-year players again and we had a lot of turnovers like last year,” Oberlin coach Mike Akers said. “It’s going to get a few games in to get some experience and better play.”