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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Trojans prepare for homecoming

Personnel changes shake up look of Fairfield offense
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Oct 03, 2013
Courtesy of: Josie Hannes Design Freshman quarterback Cameron Baumann

A 33-10 win at Mount Pleasant turned around Fairfield’s season in 2012.

The Trojans won two of their last three regular season games and made the playoffs.

Coach Mike Schenck and the Trojans are hoping this year’s game against the Panthers will produce a similar result. Mount Pleasant is 0-5 this season, and the most points it has managed in a game is 16.

“They’re under a new coach,” Schenck said. “He has the unenviable task of taking over for a legend.”

Shawn Striegel, the new coach of the Panthers, took over for Bob Jensen, who coached Mount Pleasant for 24 years. Jensen went 159-77 as a head coach and took his team to three state semifinal appearances. Striegel is Mount Pleasant’s third head coach 58 years.

“It appears from the film that they’re making improvement every week,” Schenck said.

Mount Pleasant is in a transition period in its program, but Fairfield just made a transition of its own. Freshman Cameron Baumann will make his first start at quarterback. Baumann is 9-17 passing for 133 yards and a touchdown so far this season. Baumann can run effectively as well, meaning Fairfield will have a duel threat quarterback.

How Fairfield reacts and performs after major personnel changes are going to play a huge role in how this game plays out. Running back Nick Jackson, who is leading the Trojans in rushing yards, is out for the rest of the season after separating his shoulder. Jackson has 56 more rushing attempts than the next closest Trojan. Baumann’s legs will be even more important because of Jackson’s exit. Alex Christensen will start at running back.

On the bright side, two players are returning from injuries. Kooper Dahlstrom has recovered from a concussion and will play Friday. Justin Leonard will play as well, despite the fact that his torn bicep is not completely healed. Leonard will start at defensive end.

Even with their struggles this season, Fairfield can not overlook a Mount Pleasant team that will be coming in hungry.

“We need to be ready, because I’m sure they believe that this is their chance to get their first win of the season,” Schenck said.

 

Projected Fairfield Starters

Offense

Position, Name, Class

QB Cameron Baumann Fr

RB Alex Christensen Jr

WR Alex Shier Sr

WR Alex Crile So

WR Jonathan Hoehne Sr

TE Vince Horras Sr

LT Brett Scott Sr

LG Mason Ellis Sr

C Cody Craff Sr

RG Dillon Carlson Jr

RT Austin Gridley Sr

 

Defense

Position,  Name, Class

DE Vince Horras Sr

DT Brett Scott Sr

DT Micah Harris Sr

DE Justin Leonard Sr

OLB Narendra Martin Jr

ILB Riley Hammel Sr

ILB Mason Ellis Sr

OLB Dakota Nye Jr

CB Jordan Whitney Sr

CB Jonathan Hoehne Sr

SS Zane Richmond Jr

 

District Look

Williamsburg and Washington will tangle Friday in what looks to be the most important Class 3A District 7 game this season. The winner has a chance to win the district and almost guarantee themselves a playoff spot. Centerville needs a home win against Fort Madison to distance themselves from the bottom half of the district. Keokuk plays an Oskaloosa (3-2) team that has been held under 35 points only once.

Team, Overall Record, District Record

Williamsburg 4-1 3-0

Washington 4-1 2-0

Centerville 3-2 2-1

Ft. Madison 2-3 1-1

Keokuk 2-3 1-2

Fairfield 1-4 0-3

Mt. Pleasant 0-5 0-2

 

Class 3A District 7 Games (10/04)

Mount Pleasant @ Fairfield

Williamsburg @ Washington

Oskaloosa @ Keokuk

Fort Madison @ Centerville

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