FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Looking to bounce back this week, the Fairview Aggies hosted another undefeated AHSAA Class 5A Region 7 foe in the Douglas Eagles at Dafford Smith Stadium. Fairview came out with the 48-12 victory.
Douglas began the game on offense at its own 24-yard line. On the third play, Eagle quarterback Braxton Lindsey fumbled the ball and Fairview’s Eli Frost recovered near the 25-yard line and scampered in for the touchdown. Elijah Guyton’s extra point gave the Aggies an early 7-0 lead with 10:03 left in the first quarter.
After a three-and-out for Douglas, Fairview started its next drive on its own 30-yard line. Aggie quarterback Parker Martin completed an 18-yard pass to Eli Speegle. Tyler Simmons added an 18-yard run before Martin ran the ball in for a touchdown from the 19. The point after was no good and the Aggies led 13-0 with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
Fairview’s defense continued shutting down the Eagles. Taking over on their own 41-yard line, the Aggies looked to ready to score again when Martin fumbled and Douglas recovered on the 12.
Another stellar defensive stand forced a Douglas punt. Speegle returned the punt for 15 yards when he fumbled and Douglas recovered the ball at its own 28-yard line. A trick play by Douglas was aided by a Fairview penalty. After the first down, the Aggies again forced the Eagles to punt.
On the ensuing drive, Fairview managed one first down before being forced to punt. The Aggies continued the smothering defense forcing a three-and-out for Douglas.
The Aggies had the ball near midfield and used an eight-play drive featuring the running of Simmons when he scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. The highlight of the drive was a fourth-and-4 conversion when Martin completed a 7-yard pass to Speegle. The Aggies completed the first half scoring and led Douglas 20-0 at halftime.
The Aggies defense held the Eagles to 15 total yards in the first half.
Fairview looked to continue the scoring by receiving the kickoff to start the second half. JT White fumbled the kickoff return and Douglas got the ball on Fairview’s 19-yard line after being aided by an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Aggies. After four penalties on both teams, Douglas faced a fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Lindsey tossed the ball to Jonathan Fountaine and immediately tried to pass to Lindsey, streaking for the end zone. Frost jumped in front of Lindsey and intercepted the pass as Fairview stopped the Eagles again.
On the first play from the 14, Simmons ran for 14 yards, and a face mask penalty against Douglas extended Fairview’s field position to the 48-yard line. After a 29-yard run by Simmons, he completed the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. With 7:06 left in the third quarter, the Aggies extended their lead to 27-0.
After another Douglas punt, Fairview had excellent field position near midfield. This time Fairview relied on the pass as Martin completed a 10-yard pass to Speegle and a 25-yard pass to Dalton Payne. Payne completed the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. With 3:12 left in the third quarter Fairview’s lead was 34-0.
For Douglas, Lindsey fumbled on the next dive and Frost recovered on the Eagles 36-yard line. On the fourth play of the drive, Simmons scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, and early in the fourth quarter the Aggies were up 41-0.
After another Fairview defensive stand, the Aggies used a four-play drive to reach the end zone again. Highlights of the drive were a 31-yard pass from Caiden Hall to Devyn Ellis and a 30-yard run by Jameson Goble. With 6:49 left in the game the Aggies led 48-0.
The Eagles scored on their last two possessions on a 66-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard touchdown run by Eli Teal to make the final score 48-12.
Simmons completed the game with 142 yards on 14 rushes. Martin completed the game going 11 of 18 passing for 135 yards.
After the game Coach George Redding commented, “We were sloppy early. Our defense played solid. We continued to have good energy. I was pleased with our second half.”
Fairview travels next week across the county to face another Region 7 team in the West Point Warriors.
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