PREP FOOTBALL: Aggies sprint past D.A.R. 48-21 in season opener

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Fairview’s Jameson Goble (4) sprints past a defender during the Aggies’ 48-21 win Friday night. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. — If you’ve never seen the lightning shooting monster King Ghidorah from the Godzilla movies then you have a chance to see it up close this season with Fairview’s three-headed monster in quarterback Parker Martin and running backs Tyler Simmons and Eli Frost. The Aggies shocked the stadium coming out in all gold uniforms and struck like lightning all throughout the surprisingly breezy August night, collecting a 48-21 win over D.A.R. to kick the season off 1-0.

Senior running back Tyler Simmons wasted no time taking the second play of the game 60 yards, only to punch it in from 3 on the next play to put the Aggies up 6-0 after less than a minute of play. Fast forward two plays and sophomore Eli Frost would pick up a fumble and take it 20 yards for touchdown that would put Fairview up 13-0 just 30 seconds after the first strike.

The defense would get right back to it forcing a quick three and out. Fairview would go straight to work on the following series piecing together a drive that would find them on the 5-yard line. A low snap wobbled its way to the 20-yard line only for Martin to pick it up and take it in for 6. Unfortunately, an unintentional personal foul on the play would bring it all the way back to the 20. Frost would go continuing his impressive drive taking it in from the 2-yard line for his 2nd touchdown of the night and finishing with 40 yards on the drive.

Kicker Elijah Guyton would keep the Patriots pinned all night long bombing kickoffs for 6 touchbacks in his 9 kickoffs. The Aggie defense continued stuffing the DAR triple option offense forcing their second straight three and out. After a first down flag Parker would deliver a dime to Caden Jennings, who scored from 51 yards out, splitting defenders at the goal line for a Fairview 27-0 lead.

After a 7-play stall out by D.A.R., the Aggies three headed monster would combine for all 79 yards finished by another Martin touchdown pass, this time to Dalton Payne. With a 34-0 halftime lead Fairview held the Patriots to only 30 yards on 22 plays.

The home squad would pick up where they left off to start the second half forcing a quick punt only to see more lightning out of Fairview’s QB1. Martin hit fellow senior Micky Chambers on a post route and Chambers turned on the jets to pull away for a 56-yard touchdown and a 41-0 lead.

From then on out the defense would begin subbing out the starters, which opened the door for the Patriots to get a late 21 second half points. The starting offense would get one last drive where Martin and Frost would lead the offense to the 1-yard line, where Payne would make his second trip to the endzone, the last score of the 48-21 win.

Head coach George Redding had this to say about his team’s impressive opening night,

“I thought we played really well, but we have to focus on the little things and execute better,” Redding said. “We know it’s the little things that lead to the big things.”

Martin finished his night a perfect 9/9 for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns but still wants to improve before the Aggies hit the field again next week.

“It was a nice win, but we have to get back to work,” Martin said. “We’ve got to make sure we continue to work on the small things, technique.”

Anyone close to the Aggie program wouldn’t be surprised by the rise of the sophomore Frost who finished the night with 10 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing and one defensive). Frost had this to say about his career night, “I’ve just been working really hard all off season, working hard and just trying to be ready for my chance,” Frost said. “Coach always says you have to be ready to step up and that’s what I tried to do tonight.”

Next week the Aggies travel to Vinemont with plans to take down a county rival and improve to 2-0.

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