FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Fairview Aggies faced off against the West Point Warriors in the sixth annual Brandin Iron Bowl at Dafford Smith Stadium. It was a Class 5A, Region 8 matchup and the Aggies ended up jumping out to a quick lead in the first quarter and never gave it back as they ended up defeating the Warriors 50-7.
Fairview got the ball first to start the game and they didn’t waste any time finding the end zone. Huge runs by Eli Frost and Garrett York quickly put them at the 29. An offsides penalty on West Point moved the ball to the 24, and Frost found a huge hole on the left sideline and was able to stay inbounds as he found the end zone to put the Aggies on the board first with only 1:35 coming off the clock on that drive. On the kickoff, West Point fumbled the ball and Cade Yeager recovered it for the Aggies at the 22. Four plays later, Frost scored on a 2-yard run to give Fairview a 14-0 lead. The Warriors were forced to punt on its opening possession and the Aggies got the ball at the 39.
York found Jameson Goble for 7 yards and York kept it himself for 8 yards and a first down. A Frost eight-yard run gave Fairview a first down at the 35 and he ran down the right sideline on the next play and dived into the end zone for his third touchdown of the first quarter as the Aggies increased their lead to 22-0 after the two-point conversion. The ground game for West Point got going on its next drive as Garit Roberson picked up a first down. But the drive quickly went bad after that as Parker Marks got tackled for an 8-yard loss on a pass play, and they were later forced to turn the ball over on downs.
Frost and York continued to wear down the Warrior defense on its next series and Frost finished it off with a five-yard run to put the Aggies up, 29-0. Another West Point punt gave the ball back to the Aggies and Frost got another first down for Fairview; Goble’s 12-yard run put the Aggies at the 30. A personal foul on the Warriors on the next play moved the ball to the 15 and two plays later, York found Goble for an 11-yard score as Fairview pushed their lead to 36-0. Eric Gonzalez sacked Hunter Hensley for an eight-yard loss on third down on its next series and the first half ended with the Aggies leading, 36-0.
Fairview forced a West Point punt to start the second half and the Aggies ended up finding the end zone once again as York scored on a 15-yard quarterback keeper to make it 43-0. On the Warriors’ next series, a Hensley pass got picked off by Kolt Redding, who returned it to the 5-yard line. Carson Jones found the end zone on the first play as Fairview now held a 50-0 lead. The Warriors avoided the shutout late in the fourth quarter as Ollie Howell found paydirt from a yard out. The Aggies ran out the remaining time off the clock and ended up taking the game, 50-7, to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the region standings.
Frost had another monster game for Fairview, finishing with 209 yards on 23 carries and four touchdowns. York added 66 more on the ground and a touchdown; he also had the 11-yard touchdown pass to Goble. Jones added a rushing touchdown for the Aggies. Jake Harper ended up with 53 yards rushing. Redding finished with an interception. Yeager recovered a fumble and Gonzalez added a sack for Fairview. For West Point (1-4, 0-2), Roberson finished with 50 yards on the ground. Howell scored the only touchdown of the game for the Warriors and Hensley completed five passes for 65 yards.
Fairview will be off next week, and West Point will look to quickly bounce back next Friday night on homecoming night against Douglas.
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