Fairfield tops Mount Pleasant in rivalry gameTrojans jump out to 28-0 lead in homecoming win
The Trojans set the tone on the opening kickoff.
Fairfield’s Alex Christensen delivered a hearty blow to Mount Pleasant’s kick returner, effectively showcasing the Trojans’ intensity. It was a mentality that the Panthers simply could not match. Fairfield defeated Mount Pleasant 52-21 for a homecoming victory
“I don’t think we came in with a lot of intensity like I thought we would,” Mount Pleasant coach Shawn Striegel said. “I’m a little disappointed in that.”
Mount Pleasant attempted a play-action pass on its first drive that was intercepted by Fairfield’s Jordan Whitney. A 26-yard scamper by Christensen put the Trojans in scoring position. First time starting quarterback Cameron Baumann ran in a 10-yard touchdown on a keeper to the left to put Fairfield on the scoreboard.
Baumann, a freshman, played exactly how the Fairfield coaching staff hoped he would when they made the quarterback change earlier this week. Baumann threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns, while running for an additional 88 yards. He added on three touchdowns with his legs.
“I couldn’t have done it without the coaches,” Baumann said. “They tell me what to do and I go do it.”
Senior tight end Vince Horras is already reaping the benefits of Baumann playing under center. Horras caught four passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns. There were also many pass attempts where the new duo could not connect; meaning Horras could see pass-catching numbers hit an all-time high.
“I’m excited to have him around,” Horras said. “He does a great job. He’s got some energy, and we definitely needed some of that by week five.”
Mount Pleasant tried to make a comeback late in the first half. Quarterback Dustin Amos connected with Blake Knudson for 25 yards. After that, a pass interference call set up the Panthers with first and goal at the Fairfield six yard line. Amos found tight end Justin Dilks for a six-yard touchdown pass. Amos would find Cole Phillips for another touchdown pass later in the second quarter. At halftime, the Panthers found themselves down 35-14.
“Ultimately, Fairfield played a good game,” Striegel said. “They were well prepared and well coached. They did a nice job.”
It took less than two minutes for Fairfield to score in the second half. Christensen ran in a touchdown from two yards out, making it 42-14. Amos threw an interception soon after, which was caught by Dakota Nye. The Panthers turned the ball over four times in the game.
“We took advantage of turnovers and created turnovers, which makes a big difference,” Fairfield coach Mike Schenck said.
The Panthers are still searching for their first win of the season. Mount Pleasant still has to play Williamsburg and Washington, who sit in first and second place in Class 3A District 7. An away game at Keokuk in week eight is sandwiched in between the two district powers.
Fairfield (2-4) has three winnable games remaining on its schedule. Next week the Trojans travel to Fort Madison to face the Bloodhounds. Games against Centerville and Chariton finish off the season.
Fairfield Mount Pleasant
Score: 52 21
Rush Yrds: 209 103
Pass Yrds: 210 161
QB TD/Int: 3-1 2-3
Fum/Lost: 1-0 2-1
Pen/Yards: 6-56 7-67
T.O.P: 22:28 25:32
Rushing: Alex Christensen rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown.
Tackles: Mason Ellis 6, Narendra Martin 5, Riley Hammel 5, Zane Richmond 4, Jordan Whitney 4, Kooper Dahlstrom 4 (including 2 sacks)
Washington’s impressive win over Williamsburg puts them in position to win the district title. The Demons still have to play Mount Pleasant, Fort Madison, and Centerville. Centerville’s win over Fort Madison puts them in the district title discussion as well.
Team, Overall Record, District Record
Washington 5-1 3-0
Williamsburg 4-2 3-1
Centerville 4-2 3-1
Keokuk 2-4 1-2
Ft. Madison 2-4 1-2
Fairfield 2-4 1-3
Mt. Pleasant 0-6 0-3
Class 3A District 7 Scores (10/04)
Fairfield 52, Mount Pleasant 21
Washington 35, Williamsburg 10
Centerville 28, Fort Madison 16
Oskaloosa 51, Keokuk 16