Trojans look to bounce back after big lossDavis County won last year’s game by one point
Last week didn’t go how the Trojans expected it would.
A turnover on the opening kickoff started the blunder, and it was all uphill from there. The 47-0 loss at the hands of Albia is obviously a difficult way to begin the season.
“I was disappointed Friday night with how we came out,” Fairfield head coach Mike Schenck said. “I didn’t think that’s how we would play.”
The Trojans coaching staff focused on eliminating mistakes and staying disciplined in practice this week. The team has been upbeat and thinks it can get in the win column Friday.
Capitalizing on offensive opportunities will be a must against Davis County. Running back Nick Jackson was the lone bright spot for Fairfield on offense against Albia, rushing for only 55 yards.
Last year’s matchup against Davis County was a game to remember. Davis County won 27-26 after kicking a game winning field goal with 15 seconds left on the clock.
“It was one of those back and forth thrillers,” Davis County head coach Joe Rasmussen said. “It was a great game to be a part of.”
The Mustangs endured a loss to open up their season as well. Centerville beat them 30-13, despite the fact that Davis County had won that matchup the previous three seasons.
“It’s our big rivalry game,” Rasmussen said. “It’s one of those games where you can throw statistics out the window.”
Last season, Davis County went 6-4, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Mediapolis in Class 2A District 6 play. The Mustangs are without 16 seniors who made up the core of last year’s team.
This season, their main weapon is quarterback Justin Utt. The Mustangs run most of their plays out of the pistol and spread formations. Utt can run the quarterback option effectively and is capable of making defenders miss. Because of the spread attack, Fairfield’s secondary will be tested all game.
Friday’s contest will be between two teams searching for confidence. Fairfield’s JV victory over Albia Tuesday helped restore some swagger to the program, and Schenck is hoping the varsity team can build off of that momentum.
“What we told the kids is the bad news is we got beat 47 to nothing,” coach Schenck said. “The good news is that everything we did is correctable.”