Whenever a football team faces Fairview, fans can expect a high-scoring, pass-orientated game, and Friday, Sept. 11, was no different after the Apaches rolled into Archbold to face the Blue Streaks.
After a back-and-forth first half that had the Streaks (1-2) holding a 17-14 lead, Fairview (2-1) took advantage of the Archbold turnovers and pulled out the trick playbook on its way to a 47-37 victory.
“The first half was pretty even. They scored, we scored, and we kicked the field goal at the end of the half,” said Bryan Miller, AHS head coach.
“It was a good game. It was a game of swings. We had a good swing to start the second half and then just went downhill.”
“I told the kids at halftime the difference in this game was who was going to make the big play,” said David Robinson, Fairview head coach.
“Archbold came out in the second half and scored. We were able to come up with a fumble and an interception, and that was the difference in the game.”
Streaks Lead 30-14
The Streaks looked to beat the Apaches at their own game, amassing 357 yards through the air.
Leading 17-14 at halftime, Archbold struck first to start the second half. The Streaks scored on a Garrett Morton 3- yard run, and then, just minutes later, Morton connected with Desmond Sleigh for a 43- yard touchdown toss and a 30- 14 lead.
From there it all went down- hill for the Blue and Gold.
Following an exchange of possession, the Streaks had the ball on their own 44-yard line when a bad snap went over Morton’s head. Fairview’s Jeffrey Timbrook recovered the loose pigskin.
Six plays later Brock Mosier, the Fairview signal caller, crossed the goal line, then connected with Brandon Radcliff for a two-point conversion.
Trailing 30-22, the Apaches looked deep into their playbook and pulled off a successful onside kick. Three plays later Mosier connected with Rodney Webb for a 39-yard touchdown toss.
The two-point conversion failed, but the visiting Apaches closed the gap to 30-28.
“The onside kick was big. The officials sorted things out and got the right call,” said Robinson.
Apaches Take The Lead
Four plays later, Morton threw an interception that Radcliff returned 57 yards for a touchdown and a 34-30 advantage.
The Apaches had put up 12 points in 2:09 and weren’t finished quite yet.
“We had a good start to the second half and had Fairview right where we wanted them,” said Miller.
“We were up 30-14, had the ball and were moving, and then the turnover. It went downhill from there. We made mistakes, but Fairview still had to capitalize on them, and they did.
“The onside kick– we were ready for it. I want to see the tape; everything was kind of jumbled up with the calls, but regardless, they still had to go down the field and score, and they did.”
Facing fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line at the 8:08 mark of the fourth quarter, Fairview pulled off a fake field goal and Blaine Murray crossed the goal line.
The Apaches added an insurance score with 2:05 left when Mosier threw to Andrew Woenker for a 27-yard touchdown toss.
|AHS||7||10 13||7 – 37|
|FHS||0||14 20 13 – 47|
AHS-Morton 25-yard pass to Smith (PAT-Bontrager kick)
FHS-Mosier 55-yard pass to Yoder (PAT-Murray kick)
AHS-Morton 65-yard pass to Sleigh (PAT-Bontrager kick)
FHS-Mosier 9-yard run (PAT-Murray kick)
AHS-Bontrager 39-yard field goal
AHS-Morton 3-yard run (PAT failed)
AHS-Morton 43-yard pass to Sleigh (PAT-Bontrager kick)
FHS-Mosier 1-yard run (PAT-Mosier pass to Radcliff)
FHS-Mosier 39-yard pass to Webb (PAT failed)
FHS-Radcliff 57-yard interception return (PAT failed)
FHS-Murray 1-yard run (PAT-Murray kick)
FHS-Mosier 27-yard pass to Woenker (PAT failed)
AHS-Morton 7-yard pass to Keefer (PAT-Bontrager kick)