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Mistakes result in Trojan loss to Keokuk

Nick Jackson has second 100-yard rushing performance in 10-6 loss to Keokuk
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Sep 23, 2013
Photo by: ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger photo Fairfield lines up on defense against Keokuk on Friday. The Trojans lost to the Chiefs 10-6.

The play of the game was in the first quarter.

Fairfield (1-3) freshman quarterback Cam Baumann was split out to the right with almost eight minutes to play in the opening quarter Friday against Keokuk (2-2). At the snap he ran left, caught the reverse pitch, and then delivered a sailing fly ball out to the left. Sophomore Alex Crile caught the ball at its highest point, shook off a Chiefs defender, and ran the rest of the way for a 51-yard touchdown. Fairfield took an early 6-0 lead.

“The reverse pass was a great play,” said Fairfield head coach Mike Schenck. “It was done by a freshman and a sophomore, so maybe we’ve got that to look forward to.”

A defensive battle ensued. Drives for both teams were spoiled over and over again by turnovers and huge defensive plays. Keokuk’s only score of the first half came on a 47-yard field goal from kicker Jordan Martin.

“We knew Jordan was very capable,” said Keokuk head coach Doug Dodds. “He was bombing like 65 yarders in practice. We took a chance and it was awesome.

“It was great to go in at 6-3 instead of 6-0.”

Fairfield running back Nick Jackson, who rushed for 128 yards on the night, fumbled at the goal line right before halftime. A score that could have put the Trojans up by two possessions never happened.

“It was huge, huge – I mean that was the ballgame,” Dodds said. “If you think about it, that stopped their momentum and it gave us a chance.”

The second half became a showdown between Jackson and Keokuk running back Dakota Shaw. Shaw scored the go ahead touchdown from a yard out, giving Keokuk the 10-6 lead that they would never relinquish.

Once Fairfield had stopped the momentum of Keokuk’s passing attack, the Chiefs turned to Shaw, who was up to the challenge. Shaw continually broke through would be Fairfield tacklers, turning one-yard losses into four-yard gains. On one fourth quarter run to the right, Shaw broke four tackles before being brought down by a host of Trojans. He would rush for 127 yards on the night.

“I feel like we stepped it up,” Shaw said. “I had to run scout team against everybody this week in practice and I wanted to get everybody going. I wanted to get some emotion going and be a team captain and we did it.”

Late in the fourth quarter a horrible snap on a punt got past Keokuk punter Martin. It resulted in Fairfield getting the ball in Keokuk territory with 1:03 to go on the clock. The play breathed life into the Trojans.

The next play, however, killed the Trojans. Quarterback Jordan Whitney threw his third interception of the game, which was Fairfield’s fourth turnover. Keokuk celebrated, knowing all it had to do was kneel down.

“I thought our kids played hard and we made improvements in most facets of the game,” said Schenck. “Offensively we just turned the ball over too much.”

Fairfield travels to Williamsburg on Friday, which is 3-1 on the season.

 

Final Score

Keokuk 10, Fairfield 6

First Downs

Fairfield 16, Keokuk 13

Turnovers

Keokuk 3, Fairfield 4

Time of Possession

Fairfield 25:03, Keokuk 10:57

Penalties

Keokuk 4-30, Fairfield 4-35

 

Keokuk Stats

 

Passing

Team: 151 yards

Drake Reiter: 11-30, 151 yards, 2 INT

Rushing

Team: 95 yards

Dakota Shaw: 24 Att, 127 yards, TD

Drake Reiter: 5 Att, -38 yards

Receiving

Team: 11 Rec, 169 yards

Bryce Baxter: 4 Rec, 64 yards

Amman Nasir: 3 Rec, 72 yards

Kolton Marlin: 2 Rec, 22 yards

Defense (TTKLS: Total tackles)

Alex Meek: 14 TTKLS

Bryce Baxter: 12 TTKLS

Ryan Egely: 10 TTKLS

Austin Almon, Tyler Biting and Drake Reiter: INT

 

Fairfield Stats

 

Passing

Team: 159 yards

Jordan Whitney: 14-28, 108 yards, 3 INT

Cam Baumann: 1-1, 51 yards, TD

Rushing

Team: 130 yards

Nick Jackson: 31 Att, 128 yards

Alex Christensen: 2 Att, 9 yards

Receiving

Team: 15 Rec, 159 yards, TD

Jonathan Hoehne: 4 Rec, 19 yards

Alex Crile: 2 Rec, 75 yards, TD

Vince Horras: 3 Rec, 20 yards

Alex Shier: 2 Rec, 24 yards

Nick Jackson: 3 Rec, 15 yards

Defense

Mason Ellis: 10 TTKLS

Nick Jackson: 6 TTKLS

Dakota Nye: 5 TTKLS

Narendra Martin: 5 TTKLS

Jonathan Hoehne: 4 TTKLS, INT

Brett Scott: 4 TTKLS

Justin Leonard: 4 TTKLS, INT

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