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Waugh leads on offense, defense, but Trojans fall

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Sep 11, 2017
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Hunter Hoskins (4) prepares to kick a punt while Collin Breen (11) and Cole Engle (24) find defenders to block during a game earlier this year. Against West Burlington, Hoskins averaged almost 45 yards per punt.

The Trojan varsity football team is still searching for its first win after three contests. The Trojans have run into tough competition in the early part of the season, and that continued Friday when they traveled to West Burlington.

The Falcons bested the Trojans 34-14. Tristin Waugh was the bright spot for Fairfield as he scored all the team’s points.

Waugh caught a 39-yard pass from Carson Crile to put the Trojans on the board in the third quarter, after the Falcons had scored the first 20 points of the game. The point after attempt was blocked.

West Burlington added a touchdown to begin the fourth quarter, but less than a minute later, Waugh was scampering into the end zone on a 15-yard run. He also ran in the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 27-14, but that was as close as the Trojans got.

The Falcons disrupted Fairfield’s both in the air and on the ground. The Trojans completed six of 23 passes for a total of 94 yards. West Burlington relied much more on the run, which accounted for 402 of its 470 yards of offense.

The Trojans averaged 3.8 yards per carry and gained 130 yards that way. West Burlington averaged 7.3 yards per carry.

The Falcons outdid the Trojans in first downs 21-11. West Burlington also had a good third-down conversion rate of 5-12 (42 percent), while Fairfield was 3-15 (20 percent). Fairfield completed none of its six fourth-down attempts, while West Burlington converted one of three.

Crile threw for 93 yards, including a touchdown. Brittan Bowman also saw action in the quarterback position, where he completed two passes.

Kosta Papazoglou led the team in rushing with 67 yards. Crile ran for 20, and Leone Gichure ran for 16. Waugh had 15 yards and Bowman ran for 12.

Waugh and Gichure tied for the lead in receptions with three apiece. Waugh gained 88 yards through the air and Gichure had 6.

Waugh was also the leader on the defensive side of the ball, bringing down 8.5 Falcon ball carriers, including two for a loss. Drew Martin and Cole Engle each had 7.5 tackles. Collin Breen had 6.5.

Aaron Haines and Austin Simpson finished with 3.5 tackles. Reese Klehm had three. Papazoglou and Brendon Lunsford each had 2.5.

Also recording tackles were: Hunter Hoskins, Carter Ferrel, Gichure, Saban Simons, Nic Schillerstrom, Crile and Gage Hook.

Hoskins punted four times, averaging 44.8 yards per kick.

Martin caught one kickoff and ran it 54 yards before he was finally brought down. Hoskins fielded two kicks and gained a total of 46 yards on his returns. Jones had 14 yards and Haines had 5.

After two weeks on the road, the Trojans return home this Friday in a match up with Keokuk.

Note: Due to low numbers, Keokuk was not able to field a freshman team, so the freshman game scheduled for 5 p.m. that day has been canceled. The varsity game will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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