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Knoxville overpowers Fairfield 49-14

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Sep 06, 2017

KNOXVILLE – The Trojan varsity football team had its hands full with Knoxville Friday night.

The host Panthers used a big second quarter to open a four-touchdown lead they would never relinquish as the Trojans fell 49-14.

Knoxville’s quarterback Jacob Zuck burned the Trojans both in the air and on the ground. He ran in a touchdown from 75 yards out to starting the scoring in the first quarter. A 1-yard scamper from Zuck to start the second quarter made it 14-0 Knoxville.

The Panthers had built a 28-point lead by the time the Trojans earned their first points. Carson Crile connected on a pass to Tristin Waugh for 11 yards with 55 seconds to go in the second quarter.

The thrill of accomplishment didn’t last long, because just 17 seconds later, Zuck had completed a 61-yard pass for a touchdown to push the lead back to 28.

Zuck continued working his magic in the third, scoring a touchdown on a 6-yard pass and one on a 33-yard run.

In the fourth, Fairfield got its second touchdown when Crile completed another pass to Waugh, this one for 10 yards. Just as he did for the Trojans’ first touchdown, Xavier Kapijimpanga kicked the extra point straight through the uprights.

In the Trojans’ first contest of the year against Williamsburg, they did most of their damage with a passing attack. Against Knoxville, Fairfield relied more on the running game. The Trojans gained 198 yards on the ground and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Knoxville gained 262 yards, averaging 9.4 yards a carry.

 

Individual stats

Crile finished the game 8-19 in passing with 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Kosta Papazoglou rushed the ball 18 times for 87 yards. Crile carried it 14 times for 83 yards. Leone Gichure gained 27 yards on four carries. Brittan Bowman carried the ball once for 3 yards.

Waugh led the team in receptions with five for 48 yards. Gichure had three receptions for 37 yards.

Waugh also led the team in tackles with six, including one for a loss. Hunter Hoskins had 5.5. Drew Martin had 3.5 tackles. Saban Simons had three.

Ashton Lankford had 2.5 tackles. Cole Engle had two. Gichure, Austin Simpson, Brendon Lunsford and Reese Klehm all had 1.5. Caden Jones had one. Also recording tackles were Steeler Higdon, Aaron Haines, Carter Ferrel, Nic Schillerstrom and Elan Ledger.

Hoskins punted three times and averaged 32.7 yards per kick.

Collin Breen returned a punt 10 yards. Hoskins returned four kickoffs for an average of 24.5 yards. Jones returned three kickoffs for 13 yards.

Fairfield will try to turn its luck around West Burlington, a road contest that begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Trojans’ next home game is Sept. 15.

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