The post-game fireworks display put on by Fairfield High School to culminate the celebration of its Homecoming Week last Friday night paled in comparison to the explosive show executed by the Falcon football team in their NECC showdown against Lakeland.
Scoring on their initial four possessions of the first half and the opening three possessions of the second half, the Falcons ripped the previously undefeated Lakers, 49-10. The result left the two teams tied for second place in the NECC standings with 6-1 records, a half-game behind 6-0 Churubusco.
“They out played us, out coached us, out hit us, out ran us and were the more physical football team tonight,” shrugged Lakeland skipper Keith Thompson. “Fairfield beat us every way it could and they deserve a lot of credit for their performance.”
The Falcons took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 10 plays to paydirt. Kyle Mast capped the drive by tossing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Cole.
After forcing a punt on Lakeland’s initial possession, Fairfield drove 46 yards in six snaps to net its second score. Cameron Kitson, who rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries, bolted 10 yards through the Laker defense and into the end zone to extend the Falcon lead to 14-0 with less than eight minutes gone in the contest.
Marco Olivares got the Lakers on the board when he drilled a 31-yard field goal on the final play of the initial stanza. The Lakeland defense then rose up and appeared to stop the next Fairfield possession when Joel Miller intercepted a Mast aerial, returning it deep in Falcon territory.
But the Lakers were whistled for a roughing-the-passer penalty, wiping out Miller’s pick and giving Fairfield the ball back near midfield. On the next play, Mast lofted a toss to a wide-open Forrest Glogouski, who took it the rest of the way for a 54-yard touchdown.
Kitson’s second 10-yard scoring jaunt of the night pushed the Falcon lead to 28-3. Lakeland cut the difference to 28-10 just before halftime on a five-yard sprint to the end zone by Kyle Casper.
Lakeland got the ball to start the second half. But instead of building on the momentum provided by their score late in the previous half, the Lakers lost 11 yards in three plays and were forced to punt.
Matters turned from bad to worse when Fairfield blocked the Lakeland punt, recovering the ball on the 20. Three plays later, Lucas Miller found paydirt on a 12-yard gallop, putting the hosts ahead 35-10.
After the next Lakeland drive stalled on downs near the Fairfield goalline, Mast and Glogouski connected on another long touchdown pass, this one covering 72 yards. Early in the fourth quarter, following yet another blocked punt by the Falcons, Kitson dove one yard for his third touchdown of the game.
Lakeland quarterback William Kelly was 10-17 passing for 89 yards. Miller and Wyatt Petty each hauled down three receptions covering 36 and 44 yards, respectively.
Lakeland takes a break from conference play this Friday when it makes the trip south to Fort Wayne to square off against 4-3 Concordia at Zollner Stadium. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Scoring by quarters
LL 3 7 0 0 -10
FF 14 14 14 7 -49
FF—Garrett Cole 10-yard pass from Kyle Mast, Reid Kammerdiener kick
FF—Cameron Kitson 10-yard run, Kammerdiener kick
LL—Marco Olivares 31-yard field goal
FF—Forrest Glogouski 54-yard pass from Mast, Kammerdiener kick
FF—Kitson 10-yard run, Kammerdiener kick
LL—Kyle Casper five-yard run, Olivares kick
FF—Lucas Miller 12-yard run, Kammerdiener kick
FF—Glogouski 72-yard pass from Mast, Kammerdiener kick
FF—Kitson one-yard run, Kammerdiener kick
Total Yards 172 376
Rushing 83 188
Passing 89 188
Total Plays 56 44
First Downs 12 18
Turnovers 0 0
Penalties 2-20 2-26
LL—Raatz 8-28; Collyer 10-21; Casper 5-15; Bender 3-13; Roebel 4-12; Fuller 2-8; K. Miller 1-7; Troyer 1-(-5); Kelly 2-(-13)
FF—Kitson 18-117; Miller 7-33; Mast 1-24; Lecount 2-7; Wagler 2-6; Dewitt 1-6; Zook 2-2; Roose 1-1; McCoy 1-(-5)
LL—Kelly 10-17, 89
FF—Mast 6-9, 188
LL—Petty 2-44; J. Miller 2-36; Casper 2-6; Collyer 1-5; Raatz 1-1; Kelly 1-(-3)
FF—Glogouski 2-126; Kitson 2-33; Cole 2-29
LL-- Garretson 5; Moore 5; Barker 4
FF—Miller 10; Sceniak 9; Zook 7