October 4, 2007
Falcons Fly Past SCR-I 41-0 to Keep Tigers Winless
It was apparent that the Fayette football team had last season’s 8-0 upset at the hands of Scotland County on its mind entering the school’s homecoming contest versus SCR-I on September 28th. The Falcons did their best to erase that memory, handing the Tigers their worst loss of the year, a 41-0 shutout.
SCR-I was unable to get any offense going in the first half. The Tigers were unable to move the chains once. As a matter of fact, the team went backwards, amassing –14 yards of total offense in the opening two periods.
Fayette debuted tailback Breeze Farr, who had been forced to sit out the team’s first four games following a transfer to the school. Farr scored on a four-yard run with 7:00 left to play in the first period. The score was set up by a screen pass to the senior back that rescued the Falcons from third down and 30 yards to go following two penalties on the home team as well as a quarterback sack by Brandon Garnett.
Caleb Kittle took the kick off all the way back to the 40-yard line for Scotland County. But Fayette picked off a pass from Kyle Shelley to take over at the 49-yard line with 5:25 to go in the opening period.
Fayette quickly capitalized on the turnover as Jeremy Sherman scored on a 25-yard run. Farr ran in the two point conversion to make it 15-0 with 4:05 on the clock.
After another three and out offensive series for the Tigers, The Falcons flew to an apparent TD as quarterback Miles Westhues scampered for a 41-yard TD. But the play was called back on a penalty. SCR-I took advantage of the break. Caleb Kittle made a key stop on second down and Fayette turned the ball over on downs at the 33-yard line.
The Tigers offense went backwards on the next series, and faced with a fourth down and 20 to go, Kyle Shelley punted the ball away to Fayette.
The Falcons pushed the ball down field with Westhues ultimately connecting with Sherman for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Craig Wittstock picked off the two-point pass attempt to keep the score at 21-0 with 7:48 to go in the second period.
The two teams traded punts for much of the remainder of the second period. A good punt return by Sherman set up Fayette for another score. But Bradley Hamner recovered a Falcons fumble at the 28-yard line with 2:48 on the clock.
The second half opened with Sherman returning the kick off 77 yards for a touchdown. The Pat kick made it 28-0 with only 16 ticks off the clock.
Scotland County got a spark on offense when Kyle Shelley hit Kegan Hunt with a 42-yard pass play. But the drive stalled and Scotland County turned the ball over on downs.
Farr made it 34-0 when he scored on a 19-yard touchdown run with 5:16 to play in the third period.
Sherman continued his impressive game for the Falcons. He broke a number of tackles in the backfield before scampering 79 yards for his third TD of the night. He added the PAT kick to make it 41-0.
Fayette did not stop there. For the second consecutive kickoff, Fayette went for the on side effort, recovering the ball and keeping its varsity offense on the field.
Coach Billy Huthman kept his starters on the field well into the fourth period of a 41-0 victory, risking injury heading into the team’s key conference matchup next week versus Paris.
The move appeared to fire up the Scotland County defense. With a number of junior varsity players in the game, the Tigers held Fayette out of the end zone the entire fourth period.
SCR-I was held to 99 yards of offense. Rod Sears had 17 yards on two attempts late in the contest. Logan Brassfield had one attempt for 13 yards. Jeff Kice was held to six yards on nine carries while Eric Glass had –7 yards on seven carries.
Shelley completed four of 17 passes for 64 yards. Hunt caught two passes for 43 yards. Caleb Kittle caught two passes for 17 yards.
Farr carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards and two scores to lead Fayette. Dawson had 60 yards on seven attempts and Sherman took it 75 yards on two attempts. Westhues completed nine of 17 passes for 124 yards.
Fayette improved to 4-1 on the year while SCR-I went to 0-5.