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Fairfield falls to Washington

Trojans strike first but Demons come back to win 35-7
By Matt Bryant, Golden Triangle News Service | Sep 25, 2017
Photo by: MATT BRYANT Tristin Waugh (44) breaks away from Washington’s defense Friday night at Case Field.

WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) — Washington Honorary Captain Carson Thomas scored the Demons’ first touchdown, even before the opening kickoff. The rest of the Demons finished off the scoring on their way to a 35—7 Homecoming victory over Fairfield Friday night at Case Field.

In a touching moment to begin the contest, Thomas, who has DiGeorge Syndrome, received the game’s first handoff. Through an agreement with the Fairfield coaches, a little help from his teammates, and an accommodating Trojan defense, Thomas went 25 yards for his first career touchdown. The play was untimed and did not contribute to the final score.

 

First out the gate

On Fairfield’s second drive of the game, facing a fourth down deep in Washington territory, the Trojans opened the scoring with an 18-yard touchdown pass. Carson Crile fired a strike to Leone Gichure for the score with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.

“We got off to a good start, which we challenged our kids to do,” said Fairfield Head Coach Matt Jones. “Give Washington credit, because after we took a 7-0 lead, they really came out and pounded the ball at us. We were unable to consistently stop them.”

 

Washington responds

That’s when Washington took over the game. The Demons used three different players in the quarterback spot and a smattering of big plays to roll off 35 unanswered points.

Washington put its first points on the board courtesy of a Jaivonn Willis 4-yard-touchdown scramble at the end of quarter No. 1. Jack Redlinger ran into the end zone from 16 yards out to add to the Demon points early in the second quarter. The Demons capped off the first half with a 28 yard scoring throw from Willis to Sawyer Whisler.

Washington took a 22—7 lead into the break.

The second half featured two more Demon touchdowns, both by big, and perhaps a bit unconventional, means.

With four minutes gone in the third quarter, Washington’s Cale Hobscheidt picked off a Crile pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. Just over three minutes later, Tristin Westphal-Edwards sprinted 65 yards for the game’s final score off a Demon fake punt.

Willis finished the night with 77 receiving, 33 rushing and 28 passing yards accounting for 138 of Washington’s 418 total yards. Redlinger was the game’s leading ball carrier with 136 of the Demons’ 313 rush yards. Ryan Reighard, still playing with a cast on his right arm, paced the home team defense with 9 tackles.

 

Trojan stats

The Trojans’ big back, Tristin Waugh, rumbled for 133 yards on the ground, averaging 4.3 yards per touch. Crile threw for 101. He was 12-23 in passing. Crile ran for 29 yards on six carries.

“We played hard, but just weren’t consistent enough on offense, defense, or in the kicking game. We had three turnovers and had too many drive-killing penalties. It’s really tough for us to overcome getting behind the chains,” concluded Jones.

Gichure had six catches for 48 yards. Hunter Hoskins and Drew Martin each had two for two 24 yards. Jackson Weaton had one for 3 yards, and Waugh had one for 2 yards.

The Trojans averaged 4.2 yards per carry for 161 yards on the ground, and 8.4 yards per reception for 101 yards in the air.

Martin had six tackles, including one for a loss. Cole Engle had five tackles, one for a loss and one interception. Waugh had 4.5 tackles, a sack and one for a loss.

Steeler Higdon had four tackles. Austin Simpson contributed 3.5, and Hoskins added 2.5. Other Trojans recording tackles were Reese Klehm, Ashton Lankford, Collin Breen, Noah Stone, Saban Simons, Leone Gichure, Caden Jones, Brendon Lunsford, Elan Ledger, Aaron Haines and Maxwell Sullivan.

Hoskins punted the ball six times and averaged 31 yards per kick. Gichure returned a punt 13 yards. Martin returned two kickoffs for a total of 40 yards. Hoskins returned two for 21, and Crile returned one for 18.

 

A look ahead

Washington travels to Keokuk this Friday. Fairfield celebrates Homecoming Week, culminating with a match up against Oskaloosa.

Results from the other 3A District 5 games on Friday were: Solon rolled Oskaloosa 43-7; Mt. Pleasant defeated Fort Madison 44-16; and West Burlington Notre Dame beat Keokuk 28-14.

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