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Victory slips away from Trojans at Oskaloosa

Sep 10, 2018
Photo by: Photo by HEIDI BOWMAN Jackson Weaton, center, reaches for the ball Friday night during a 28-14 loss at Oskaloosa.

The Fairfield football team traveled to Oskaloosa Friday night to play their Class 3A-5 opponent from the previous two seasons, falling 28-14 after a chance to tie the game in the final minute faltered and allowed the Indians to score an irrelevant touchdown for the 14-point victory.

“Our players believed and fought hard,” explained Trojan head coach Matt Jones. “We had the ball at the end of the game down 21-14 with 4th and a foot with about 30 seconds to play from their five-yard line, and we just fumbled on the play and Oskaloosa returned it for a touchdown.”

After an up-and-down first two weeks of the season with a blowout victory at home, followed by a blowout loss on the road, Jones was pleased that his players were still fighting.

“It was a great game and our guys played hard and fast. We’re disappointed in the result, but not the effort and attitude of our players.”

The breakdown

Oskaloosa senior Casey Hill started the scoring when he broke free from nine yards out to give the Indians a 6-0 advantage before junior Aaron Blom added the point after.

The home team added more points just before the half when senior Cole Henry hit junior Tyler Miller for an 11-yard touchdown that gave the Indians a 14-0 advantage at the break after the successful PAT by Blom.

Fairfield cut their deficit in half with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter when senior Tristin Waugh concluded a 20-yard scamper down the left side with a touchdown celebration.

After Henry again found an Osky receiver for a score, this time a 33-yard completion to senior Nikolas Dykstra, the third Blom point on the night made it 21-7 with just :35 left in the third.

Waugh found the endzone a second time with 8:22 remaining in the contest when he plunged in from eight yards out.

Senior Landen Schafer added the point after and the Trojans trailed by just seven points with 70-percent of the final period still remaining.

Unfortunately, as Fairfield went for the game-tying score on fourth-and-less-than-one from inside the Oskaloosa five-yard line, the ball was not handled cleanly and the Indians rushed the other way for a 95-yard dagger to the heart.

Coach speak

“Tristin had a great game running the ball with 27 carries for 166 yards and two TD’s and I know he would credit his fullback, line and tight end,” said Jones.

“Cole Engle blocked well as a fullback and really attacked. Our offensive line played their best game, working well together and picking up blitzes. Reese Klehm, Aidan Pohren, Gage Hook, Sam Mattson and Nic Schillerstrom are those guys playing with an edge on the line. Jackson Weaton helped us out as well at tightend while Carson Crile was 6-8 throwing the ball. Our receivers blocked hard and caught the ball well and our punter, Carter Ferrel, had a great game.

He punted for over a 50 yard average and dug us out of horrible field position punting from our own 1, booming a 70 yarder. Defensively, we did a lot of good things with our DB’s (Leone Gichure, Carter Ferrel, Caden Jones, Collin Breen and Brittan Bowman) covering well overall while racking up tackles. Our Defensive line (Waugh, Hook, Schillerstrom, Weaton, Crile and Mattson) put some pressure on their QB and rattled him a bit at times, and our linebackers (Noah Stone, Engle, and Mason Allen) had us in the right alignment throughout the night and communicated well.”

Stat studs

Crile hit 75-percent of his passes for 66 yards while being credited for two yards rushing on four attempts.

Waugh had 27 carries for 166 and two scores as Coach Jones mentioned above, but Leone Gichure also average 5.0 yards per touch with nine for 45 yards on the ground.

Engle, Kooiker and Weaton had one, two and three catches, respectively, for 23, 27 and 16 total receiving yards each, respectively.

Kicker Landen Schaeger added two marks onto his career scoring total with two extra points converted while punter Carter Ferrel had three boots for 154 impressive yards.

Engle and Gichure tied for the team lead on tackles with 7.5 each, while Collin Breen, Crile, Mattson, Stone and Waugh had tackles for loss and Crile added a sack.

This week

“Our guys took a big step forward by playing a quality Oskaloosa team so tough,” described Jones. “To have a very good chance to win it at the end is a testament to their heart and belief.

We are improving and excited to play a home game on Friday, and Grinnell will be a good challenge for sure. We did make some penalties versus Oskaloosa that we have to clean up, and they have some aggressive players on defense and a lot of size on offense.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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