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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Raiders up-end Trojans 55-7 in opener

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 28, 2017
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Trojan quarterback Carson Crile heads toward the sideline while trying to avoid a Williamsburg defender Friday. Crile finished 19-36 in passing for 183 yards.

The Trojan faithful heard the loud crack of a cannon firing for the first time Friday night. The school board agreed to let Brent Jones discharge his Winchester Model 98 Signal Cannon after every Fairfield touchdown.

Sadly, it was the opposing Raiders who provided most of the fireworks as the Trojans fell 55-7.

Williamsburg put up a steady offensive effort, scoring two touchdowns in every quarter.

Mathyan Powell got the scoring started for the guests with a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:13 left in the first. Four minutes later, Gage Blythe ran it in from 24 yards out.

Williamsburg opened the second quarter with another score, this time a 70-yard pass from Gage Blythe to Brandon Blythe. With 7:13 to go, Gage Blythe scored once more, a run from 5 yards out.

 

Fairfield’s score

The Raiders’ defense was nearly impenetrable during the first half. The Trojans advanced the ball to the 8 yard line on a drive that included big plays by Steeler Higdon and Kosta Papazoglou. However, Fairfield’s drive fizzled and produced no points as it ended in a missed field goal.

Fairfield’s break came with two minutes left in the half. The Trojans pinned the Raiders deep in their own territory and forced them to punt. The punter couldn’t handle the snap, and was forced to make a run for it. Fairfield’s defense stopped the punter before he could reach a first down, and that allowed the Trojans to take over on downs at Williamsburg’s 22 yard line.

Williamsburg had played nearly flawlessly until that point in the game, but a series of mistakes gave Fairfield an opening. Within a span of three plays, the Raiders were called for two pass interference penalties. With one minute left, quarterback Carson Crile looked to the end zone, where he lobbed a pass to receiver Hunter Hoskins.

After making initial contact with Hoskins’s body, the ball bounced high in the air, but Hoskins was able to secure it for a Trojan touchdown. Seconds later, Jones energized the crowd further by firing his cannon beyond the north end zone.

 

Stats

The Trojans did almost all their damage in the air. Of their 207 yards of total offense, 183 came on passing plays. Fairfield went 19-36 in completion attempts, and gained 9.6 yards per pass. All of those passes were thrown by Crile.

Williamsburg was an efficient 9-13 passing, gaining 14.7 yards per pass, but preferred to run the ball, which accounted for 235 of its 367 total yards of offense.

Fairfield’s running game was stymied all night long. The Trojans ran the ball 24 times and gained 28 yards.

Higdon carried the ball 39 yards in 14 attempts. Also running the ball for Fairfield were Crile, Noah Stone, Papazoglou and Leone Gichure.

Hoskins was the lead receiver as he amassed 71 yards on six receptions. Tristin Waugh caught five passes for 40 yards. Caden Jones caught two passes for 37 yards. Papazoglou caught one for 20 yards. Drew Martin gained 7 yards on his reception. Jackson Weaton had two catches for 7 yards.

Higdon and Stone were the team leaders in tackles with seven a piece. Higdon had two tackles for a loss and Stone had one. Martin had 6.5 tackles, included two for a loss. Cole Engle had five tackles, one for a loss.

Waugh brought down three ball carriers, two behind the line of scrimmage. Caden Jones had 2.5 tackles, one for a loss. Saban Simons, Hoskins and Austin Simpson all had two. Also recording tackles were Gichure, Ashton Lankford, Aaron Haines, Carter Ferrel and Dylan Durbin.

Hoskins punted the ball six times for 109 yards.

On kickoff returns, Hoskins gained 80 yards on four tries. Gichure gained 40 yards on four tries, and Martin ran a kickoff back 17 yards.

 

Remaining schedule

Sept. 1: @Knoxville

Sept. 8: @West Burlington/Notre Dame

Sept. 15: Home vs. Keokuk

Sept. 22: @Washington

Sept. 29: Home vs. Oskaloosa

Oct. 6: @ Fort Madison

Oct. 13: Home vs. Mt. Pleasant

Oct. 20: @Solon

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