Fairfield freshmen fall to Mt. Pleasant
MT. PLEASANT – Fairfield’s freshman football squad lost a close battle with the Panthers of Mt. Pleasant Friday, 21-20.
“We were proud of their effort but we came up just short,” said Trojan coach Justin Copeland. “This team has improved tremendously from the first game of the year at Williamsburg.”
Carter Ferrel led the team in passing with six completions for 94 yards. Leone Gichure had one completion for 25 yards.
Gichure was the team’s leading rusher with 18 touches for 181 yards, including two touchdowns. Gichure scored on a 70-yard run and an 11-yard run. Ferrel touched the ball nine times and gained 36 yards.
Drew Martin caught three passes for 59 yards. Elan Ledger caught three for 39 yards. Gichure had a catch for 20 yards, and Hannah Lyons had one for 6 yards.
Fairfield’s other touchdown was scored on a 65-yard kickoff return courtesy of Adan Mendoza.
Martin and Nick Schillerstrom were the cornerstones of Fairfield’s defense. Martin had 8.5 tackles and Schillerstrom brought down eight Panthers. Gichure had 4.5 tackles, while Ferrel contributed 3.5 plus an interception. Gage Hook had 3.5 tackles. Dylan Durbin and Jacob Scotton pitched in 2.5 tackles. Jamie Johannes and Mendoza collected 1.5 tackles. Ledger, Ben Johnston and Konnor Burkhart all chipped in with one tackle.
The Trojan varsity team will have its hands full Friday when it hosts a 7-1 Solon team fresh off a 42-0 crushing of West Burlington. If Solon’s freshmen team is anything like its varsity, Fairfield’s youngsters will have their work cut out for them, too, but the Trojan freshmen have proven they can hang tough against the toughest competition the area has to offer.