Mistakes result in Trojan loss to KeokukNick Jackson has second 100-yard rushing performance in 10-6 loss to Keokuk
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.
Keokuk 10, Fairfield 6
Fairfield 16, Keokuk 13
Keokuk 3, Fairfield 4
Time of Possession
Fairfield 25:03, Keokuk 10:57
Keokuk 4-30, Fairfield 4-35
Team: 151 yards
Drake Reiter: 11-30, 151 yards, 2 INT
Team: 95 yards
Dakota Shaw: 24 Att, 127 yards, TD
Drake Reiter: 5 Att, -38 yards
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
Team: 159 yards
Jordan Whitney: 14-28, 108 yards, 3 INT
Cam Baumann: 1-1, 51 yards, TD
Team: 130 yards
Nick Jackson: 31 Att, 128 yards
Alex Christensen: 2 Att, 9 yards
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
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