Trojans look ahead to WashingtonBoth teams come in 1-1 on the season
The game was a grinder.
Late in the fourth quarter of last year’s game against Washington, Fairfield was able to score on a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Vince Horras.
Fairfield head coach Mike Schenck had a decision to make. Should the Trojans attempt to tie the game, or instead attempt a go ahead 2-point conversion? Schenck elected to kick the extra point.
The extra point sailed wide. The onside kick attempt was also not successful, and Washington went on to win.
The game was a defensive struggle, highlighted by four Washington fumbles and two Fairfield turnovers. The seniors who were instrumental to Fairfield last season are gone, leaving Washington to scout replacements. Fairfield, however, will be facing the usual suspects.
“Many of them have been playing since their sophomore year,” Schenck said. “The quarterback can be tough.”
That quarterback is Daryn Seibelius. Seibelius and running back Alex Coker both rushed for over 100 yards and found the end zone during Washington’s opener against Mid-Prairie.
“They come off the ball hard and are usually very, very quick,” Schenck said.
This season the Trojans make the trek to Washington with a win under their belts. Last week’s victory over Davis County puts this year’s team ahead of its predecessor, which took six games to achieve victory.
Fairfield will have to run the ball more effectively to beat a team like Washington. Nick Jackson, who is the leading rusher for the Trojans, only has a total of 140 yards on the ground this season.
Schenck maintains that the Trojans will attempt to run the ball more Friday, however the effectiveness of the passing game last week cannot be ignored. Quarterback Jordan Whitney went 18-19 through the air with 211 yards and three touchdowns. Horras and wide receiver Alex Shier will be on alert if the running game falters.
The game represents the first game of district play. The Demons come in to this game a bit wounded. Washington followed up its huge first game on the ground by only amassing 15 total yards rushing in its loss to Pella last Friday. This brings to mind an important question. Will Fairfield be more like Mid-Prairie, or more like Pella?