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Fairfield looks to regroup after Oskaloosa loss

By Justin Webster | Oct 02, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster Lining up for a goal-line stand are Trojans Leone Gichure (6), Cole Engle (24) and Steeler Higdon (31).

Friday night was the perfect opportunity for Fairfield head football coach Matt Jones to reflect some wisdom to his team following a 54-0 loss that was doubly tough due to the homecoming festivities that riled everyone up with school spirit all week.

“I told the kids that the measure of a man is not whether they get knocked down, but whether they get back up,” said the coach. “Adversity is going to happen in their lives, and it happened to us tonight. We always control our effort and attitude, and it’s important to not worry about things we can’t control. We have to keep fighting, practicing hard, and improving every week no matter the opponent.”

Statistically, there were few bright spots for Fairfield Friday night, but Coach Jones wants his players to stay focused both on and off the field after a set back.

“I want our kids to continue to practice hard and take care of details in their life, like academics, mental and physical preparation, and treating people with respect,” Jones said.

Up next for the Trojans in Class 3A-5 is a road trip to Fort Madison Friday night.

The Bloodhounds are very beatable at 3-3 and Coach Jones is looking to turn the corner in the final third of the season.

“Football-wise, I want us to value the ball and cut down the turnovers on offense,” said the head Trojan. “We really need to run the ball better, and that starts with blocking people to the whistle with passion and great technique. Defensively, we need to tackle better and swarm to the football. In the kicking game, we still give up too many yards in the return game. We have to shore up our play in all three areas.”

Jones, himself is a big proponent of civic and school pride, doesn’t worry about anyone hiding after an ugly loss.

“We owe it to our seniors to play hard for them and each other,” he said. “Pride in our performance doesn’t go away after a tough game. We still have pride in who we are and where we come from.”

Offensively, Fairfield’s Carson Crile had seven completions for 56 yards. Four of those catches were made by Drew Martin for 34 yards gained, while Leone Gichure pulled down three balls for 22 yards.

Defensively, the Trojans were led in tackling by Steeler Higdon who had five and a half stops including four solos. Noah Stone had five tackles, three solo.

Cole Engle and Saban Simons each added four and a half tackles, while Leone Gichure and Drew Martin each had four. Senior Brendon Lunsford had three solo stops, while seven others recorded at least two tackles.

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