Curry wins 8-3 defensive battle against Fairview

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JASPER – The Fairview Aggies traveled to Jasper Friday night to face the Curry Yellow Jackets in a regional battle. It was a low-scoring, defensive affair, and the Yellow Jackets came out on top, 8-3.

The Yellow Jackets received the opening kickoff and started at their own 35-yard line. Curry was no match for the Aggie defense, however, and went three-and-out.

The Aggies started at the 47-yard line. Running back Grant Howard rushed for a 7-yard gain before going down with an apparent leg injury. He did not return. Curry forced a three-and-out and the Aggies gave up the ball.

Curry took the ball on the 10 after the punt by Ethan Satterfield. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 59 yards on the drive, with carries by Payton Key, Tristan Jones, Kaden Williams, Hunter Glass and Wendall Ball, all the way to the Aggies’ 32-yard line. Then Scoot Bennett, on the next play, picked off Curry quarterback John Moon.

On their next drive, the Aggies took it 49 yards. Dayne Black and Tyvn Ellis rushed for a combined 22 yards with Garret Dunn chipping in with a 26-yard reception. Fairview couldn't quite find the end zone, though, and settled for a field goal. Jaxxon Swann kicked the 23-yarder through the uprights and the Aggies took a 3-0 lead with no time left in the first quarter.

Nothing else was doing for the rest of the half, and the teams went to the break with Fairview up 3-0.

Fairview received the ball coming out of halftime, only to surrender a safety to trim the lead to 3-2 with 10:37 remaining in the third. The free kick to Curry went down to the 21-yard line, but after gaining just 5 yards, the Yellow Jackets punted the ball away.

After a quick Aggie three-and-out, the Yellow Jackets drove the ball 57 yards and punched it in the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown run by Key. After the 2-point conversion failed, the score was 8-3 with Curry in the lead and 2:54 left in the third.

Following a big lull in the action, with 2:56 left in the game, the Aggies controlled the ball, and Black hit Ethan Holland for a 16-yard reception and Bennett for 21 yards to put the Aggies at the Curry 30-yard line. Ellis and Black rushed for a gain of 9 yards to put the Aggies at fourth-and-1, then a bad snap ended the Aggies’ hopes of a comeback as the ball went all the way to the 34-yard line and Curry recovered. 

The Yellow Jackets took the victory formation and the football game 8-3 over region rival Fairview.

Key rushed for 84 yards for the Yellow Jackets with Ball and Jones having big nights as well. For the Aggies, Bennett led with 37 yards receiving with Dunn and Holland also contributing.

The Aggies will host the Hayden Wildcats next week to continue region play.

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