PREP FOOTBALL: Fairview handles Crossville on the road 55-6

(Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

CROSSVILLE, Ala. — The Fairview Aggies travelled to Crossville on this cool October night and wasted no time putting the game away early. With a 41-0 start in the first quarter, Fairview had the starters out before the second quarter even began and went on to defeat the Lions 55-6.

It’s often not until the third or fourth drive of the game that sophomore running back Eli Frost rotates in the backfield. That’s often followed with a touchdown, but tonight Frost didn’t feel like waiting that long to find the end zone. After receiving a squib kick on the left side of the field on the 30-yard line Frost dashed off to the right finding key blocks and beating Crossville to the corner, where he went 70 yards for the opening touchdown. After the Elijah Guyton extra point, it was 7-0 seconds into the game.

Guyton would kick a touchback, one of his six touchbacks in the first half. On the first Lion play defensive lineman Carson Jennings would jump on a fumble giving the Aggies the ball at the Lion 20. A play later senior Quarterback Parker Martin would find fellow senior Bryson Chamness for a 20-yard touchdown pass giving Fairview a 14-0 lead 28 seconds into the game.

On third and long for Crossville Frost intercepted the pass and returned it to the 3-yard line, where senior running back Tyler Simmons would strike from 3 yards out giving Fairview a 21-0 lead.

Fairview’s defense would again force a three and out, where a play later Martin would drop a deep ball right in the basket of Mickey Chambers for a 34-yard touchdown making it 28-0 Fairview.

Following another quick three and out Fairview took over on the Lion 46. After a couple long Simmons runs and a 15-yard pass from Martin to Dalton Payne, Simmons would find pay dirt a second time, this time from 6 yards out.

With the 34-0 lead Fairview capitalized on an opportunity to work on the pooch kick. Guyton dropped a perfect ball, where it would be fumbled and picked up by an Aggie.

After a penalty and 26-yard Payne reception from Martin, Frost would score his second touchdown of the night on as many touches. With the game in hand at 41-0 in just a quarter of play the second and third units began coming in for the rest of the game.

Fairview’s first unit would score a jaw dropping 41 first quarter points on only 11 plays, while holding Crossville to -17 yards and not a single positive play let alone a first down.

Caiden Hall and Carson Jones would each add touchdowns down the stretch giving a final score of 55-6.

Martin finished the night 4/5 with 71 yards and a couple touchdowns. Simmons grabbed 42 yards and two touchdowns on his four carries and Frost had impacts in all three phases with the rushing touchdown, interception, and kickoff return for a touchdown.

After improving to 6-1 (4-1 in the region) Coach Redding had this to say on his team’s explosive night, “We preached all we on having urgency and making it personal, so it was good to see us come out with a sense of urgency, but we have to clean things up,” Redding said. “The penalties, misalignments, the busted assignments. There’s plenty we can keep improving on.”

Martin and Simmons echoed the same thoughts, “It’s great to see the hard work pay off. It was a team win with tons of guys contributing.”

The Aggies will return home after the two-game road trip. They’ll host 1-7 Brewer before a home region finale against Sardis.

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