Home sweet homecomingFlurry of early touchdowns leads to 41-0 Trojan victory
A week of funny dress-up days and fun activities culminated in Friday’s homecoming football game between the Fairfield Trojans and the Fort Madison Bloodhounds. The theme for the week was “Pound the Hounds,” and that’s exactly what the Trojans did as they won handily, 41-0.
Fairfield took control of the game not just from the opening drive but from the opening play. On the first play from scrimmage, the Trojans ran a double reverse which put the ball in the hands of Cade Lisk. The team’s quarterback, Cam Baumann, snuck out from the pocket and was wide open down field. Lisk threw a strike to Baumann, who ran it in from 69 yards out to score. The extra point on the play was blocked, giving the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
A few minutes later, the Bloodhounds lined up to punt on fourth down from their own 25-yard line. The snap went over the punter’s head, who chased it down in the end zone and fell on top of it for a safety. That made the score 8-0.
With about two minutes to go in the first quarter, the Trojans put together a string of running plays from Baumann and Brandon Smithburg, which ultimately led to a 2-yard touchdown run by Baumann. The extra point was blocked a second time, making the score 14-0.
The Trojans’ defense forced a quick three-and-out to give their team another possession before quarter’s end. With 15 seconds to go, Baumann ran a quarterback sweep to the right. Fort Madison’s defenders had penetrated through the line, so Baumann charted a new course on the left side of the field. He picked up one blocker after another until he broke free for a 74-yard touchdown run. Eric Swan’s extra point was good and the score stood at 21-0 Trojans.
Baumann added a 2-yard run for a score in the second quarter to push the Trojans’ lead to 28. With 22 seconds to play in the half, Baumann launched a long pass to Tristin Waugh. With a defender hanging all over him, Waugh still caught the ball and ran it in for a 38-yard touchdown reception. The defender was called for pass interference but the Trojans naturally declined the penalty.
The Trojans scored in just 14 seconds to start the game, and somehow they managed to score even more quickly to begin the second half. The Trojans’ kickoff went into the arms of Alex Gully, who ran the ball 15 yards until Fairfield’s Michael Fritz jarred the ball loose on a tackle. Trojan Aaron Haines picked up the ball and was able to run it in unimpeded. That touchdown took all of nine seconds. Swan’s extra point to make it 41-0 was the last point scored.
“We had good activities for homecoming by getting the whole student body involved,” said Trojan head coach Mike Schenck. “The [players] felt their part was to take care of the football game, and they certainly did.”
Not surprisingly, the Trojans blew away the Bloodhounds in total offense, compiling 429 yards to the Hounds’ 123. Fairfield averaged 7.8 yards per play compared to Fort Madison’s 2.9.
Baumann was 2-11 passing with 75 yards through the air. Lisk’s lone throw was a completion for 69 yards. Brittan Bowman went 1-4 with eight yards passing.
In addition to the two touchdown receptions mentioned above, Carson Crile caught a pass for 37 yards and Caden Jones caught one for 8 yards.
Baumann rushed the ball 18 times while gaining 192 yards. Smithburg had 93 yards on 16 touches. Lisk ran it once for 3 yards.
Schenck said Fritz, also the school’s homecoming king, shined on defense as he collected six tackles, including two solo. Steeler Higdon had 4.5 tackles. Simon Spalla had three tackles. Also making tackles were Alex Sisomphane, Haines, Jose Rojo, Kyle Roberts, Spencer Else, Saban Simons, Hunter Hoskins, Carson Crile, Smithburg, Swan, Waugh, Lisk, Trenton Hanen and Chris Hanson.
Crile intercepted a pass and Ashton Lankford recovered a fumble.
The Trojans never punted in the game. They had seven fourth downs and converted on three of them. Baumann had one punt return for 9 yards. Jones had a kickoff return for 18 yards.
Fairfield’s next challenge will be at Mt. Pleasant Friday. The Panthers lost to Solon to fall to 3-4, but Schenck said they are improved over last year and boast one of the best running backs in the district.
“If we get a win over Mt. Pleasant, we’ll finish with a winning record, and that’s one of our goals,” said the coach.
The Trojans are 4-3. After Mt. Pleasant, the Trojans will host Solon to end the regular season on Oct. 21.