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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2017

Trojans pound the Hounds 33-6

Tristin Waugh has career night with 328 yards
By Justin Webster, Ledger sports editor | Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield’s linemen had a fantastic game against the Bloodhounds Friday. Trojans pictured are, from left, Austin Simpson (77), Brendon Lunsford (67), Steeler Higdon (31), Ashton Lankford (52) and Nic Schillerstrom (75).

FORT MADISON – Tristin Waugh did not break Wilmot Wellington’s 367-yard single game rushing record for Fairfield Friday night during the Trojans 33-6 dragging of the Bloodhounds.

The 6’2”, 240-pound brick house of a back did something even more impressive. He rushed 52 times for 328 yards while finding the end zone for four touchdowns.

Fairfield Head Coach Matt Jones explained the difficulty of the accomplishment.

“52 carries is really, really special,” he began. “It speaks to his heart, determination, and desire. To think of the physical toll that it takes to run the ball 52 times and play a demanding position like defensive line, that is pretty remarkable.”

Junior quarterback Carson Crile also had 108 yards on 6-15 passing, helping the Trojans to compile 499 yards of total offense.

Fairfield out-gained Fort Madison more than 10-1 on the ground with 391 total rushing yards versus 33 from the home team.

Two first quarter scores for Waugh gave Fairfield a 13-0 advantage early, allowing the offense to set the pace.

“Our offensive line really deserves a lot of credit as well,” added Coach Jones. “They played their best game of the year. They really came off the ball lower and quicker and did a good job playing to the whistle. They did a better job on double teams and got some movement on the line of scrimmage. We were able to also sprinkle in some zone read where Carson kept the ball, and the guys really had a lot of fun pulling for each other and playing hard.”

Defensively, the top tackler was Drew Martin with 7.5 stops, while Hunter Hoskins and Steeler Higdon recorded five a piece. Cole Engle made 4.5 tackles and snagged an interception, while Waugh, Noah Stone and Brendon Lunsford each had three tackles. Coach Jones had high praise for his defensive unit as well.

“The defensive line really did a good job of knocking the line of scrimmage back and shedding blocks,” said Jones. “Our linebackers played downhill better, and our defensive backs covered much better, especially in the second half. I think we can still improve our tackling, and we must improve our pass rush and coverage. The effort was great from our players, and I’m really proud of that.”

The Trojans are home this week versus 4-3 Mt. Pleasant.

Seniors will be honored at Trojan Stadium prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

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