Trojans shutout Mustangs to open seasonNye rushes for 126 yards
It may not have been pretty, but it was effective.
The Fairfield Trojans used stellar defense and a stout rushing attack to dismantle the Davis County Mustangs 21-0 on a soggy surface in Bloomfield Friday. The season opener is the first that Fairfield has won in the past four seasons.
“We wanted to get off to a good start, and we did that,” Fairfield coach Mike Schenck said.
The Trojans controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening snap, breaking Davis County’s offensive attack with their front seven. Linebackers Fejon Redd and Alex Christensen led Fairfield in tackles with 6.5 and 4.5, respectively. Defensive lineman Cody Craff recovered a fumble, which was Davis County’s only turnover.
“We were very happy overall with the way guys new to our system stepped up and played, and we hope that can provide some momentum going forward,” Fairfield defensive coordinator Tyler Miklo said.
Pregame rain raised both the humidity and the level of difficulty for both team’s passing games. Fairfield sophomore quarterback Cameron Baumann had a tough time gripping the football because of the moisture. As did Davis County’s Justin Utt, who completed just eight passes in the Mustangs’ spread offense.
“I thought the weather and the field conditions made us one dimensional,” Fairfield offensive coordinator Matt Schenck said. “To get ready for Albia we do need to be able to throw the football effectively.”
Even with those issues, Fairfield’s offense got off to a fast start thanks to an 83-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage by senior Dakota Nye. Nye was the Trojans’ leading rusher on the night, carrying the ball just eight times but gaining 126 yards. Baumann rushed for 30 yards on 13 carries, while Redd ran for 17 yards on 10 carries.
Later in the first quarter, a 22-yard pass from Baumann to tight end Landen Greiner set up Fairfield inside the Davis County 5-yard line. Baumann would go on to score a 2-yard touchdown that put Fairfield up by 13.
Coming out of halftime, the Mustangs came out with a two-back look in the backfield, which is a formation they had not run in the previous half. For the first time all game they moved the chains, which prompted Miklo to make adjustments.
“Once Miklo settled the defense down and I think that was the turning point in the game,” Mike Schenck said. “If we had allowed [Davis County] to continue that drive and score, then they probably would have gotten excited and the momentum would have shifted to their side.”
With 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Baumann connected on a post pattern with junior wide receiver Alex Crile for a 17-yard touchdown. After a successful 2-point conversion, the Trojans went up 21-0. From that point on, Fairfield held Davis County in check. The Mustangs barely had gained any positive yardage up until Fairfield took its starters out of the game late in the final quarter. Utt was completely swallowed up, rushing for just one yard on 17 attempts. Running back Jacob Jones only managed three yards.
The importance of the win was not lost on the team. Not only does Fairfield start the season going in a positive direction, but each of its district opponents lost their openers. Washington was downed by Pella, while Ottumwa took it to Mt. Pleasant. Even traditional power Davenport Assumption was assaulted 41-6 by Bettendorf.
“Sometimes your weaknesses aren’t exposed in practice but are in different situations during games,” Mike Schenck said. “We feel good about winning the football game, but we have a lot of things to work on.”
By the numbers
Score 21– 0
Total Offense 253 – 79
Passing 76 – 79
Rushing 177 – 0
Penalties-Yards 8-65 – 7-65
Turnovers 4 – 1
Possession Time 24:31 – 23:29
First Downs 12 – 7
Third Down Conv. 5/14 – 2/13
FAIR – C. Baumann: 5-20, 76 yards, TD, 2 INT
DC – J. Utt: 8-21, 79 yards
FAIR – D. Nye: 8 carries, 126 yards, TD
DC – J. Jones: 5 carries, 3 yards
FAIR – A. Crile: 3 Rec, 44 yards, TD
DC – M. Hopkins: 3 Rec, 45 yards
Class 3A District 5
Fairfield is the only team without a notch in the loss column after Friday night. Like Fairfield, Keokuk and Fort Madison played a team in a lower class but were unable to win. Davenport Assumption and Mt. Pleasant played Class 4A teams.
Team, Overall Record, District Record
Fairfield 1-0 0-0
Washington 0-1 0-0
Davenport Assumption 0-1 0-0
Clear Creek-Amana 0-1 0-0
Fort Madison 0-1 0-0
Keokuk 0-1 0-0
Mt. Pleasant 0-1 0-0
Class 3A District 5 Games (08/29)
Fairfield 21, Davis County 0
Ottumwa 42, Mt. Pleasant 21
Pella 35, Washington 0
Center Point-Urbana 10, Clear Creek-Amana 7, 2 OT
Bettendorf 41, Davenport Assumption 6
Central Lee 14, Keokuk 13
West Burlington 45, Fort Madison 42