PREP FOOTBALL: Fairview dominates Ardmore on the road 42-12

Fairview running back Eli Frost posted five more touchdowns in the Aggies' 42-12 win at Ardmore Friday night. (Gary McGriff/The Cullman Tribune)

ARDMORE, Ala. – After enjoying a bye last week, the Fairview Aggies hit the road Friday night for a regional battle at Ardmore and the Aggies were in control for most of their matchup with the Tigers. Fairview built a big lead early and cruised in the second half to collect a 42-12 region win over Ardmore.

The Aggies elected to take the ball first and wasted little time in scoring first. Jameson Goble returned the kickoff 28 yards and Fairview started the game on Ardmore’s side of the field. On the first play, Frost ran 46 yards to score a touchdown with just 19 seconds off the clock. The extra point was good, and the Aggies led 7-0.

Behind strong running by Ardmore’s Thomas Colston, the Tigers looked to be gaining good yardage. Penalties caused the drive to stall out and Ardmore lined up to punt after six plays. The snap soared over the punter’s head and the Aggies recovered on Ardmore’s 15-yard line.

On the very next play, Frost scored his second touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run.  With 8:21 left in the first quarter, the Aggies led 14-0.

The next series saw both teams intercept passes.  Goble for Fairview and Ardmore’s William Cannon picked off passes. The result was Ardmore took over on their own 40-yard line.  The Tigers were forced to punt after seven plays.

The Aggies took over on their own 27-yard line and on the second play Frost ran for 76 yards to score his third touchdown of the quarter. With 1:19 left in the first quarter, Fairview extended their lead to 21-0. Frost ended the first quarter with 140 yards rushing on four carries.

The Tigers began the second quarter on an extended drive deep into the Aggies territory. Facing a fourth down, Ardmore lined up for a 25-yard field goal. The kick was good. However, Fairview was penalized for roughing the snapper on the kick. The Tigers accepted the penalty and put their offense back on the field. Frost continued his great game with a sack of Ardmore’s quarterback. The Tigers attempted a 29-yard field goal which was short, and Fairview’s defense held Ardmore scoreless.

Frost continued his strong running on the next series for Fairview and had the Aggies on Ardmore’s 17-yard line. Barett York scored on a 17-yard run extending the Aggies lead to 28-0 to end the first half.

Frost continued his strong first quarter play by completing the first half with 212 yards on 12 carries. Fairview had 263 total yards offense in the first half.

After exchanging punts to start the second half, Ardmore got on the scoreboard with a five play, 62-yard scoring drive. Brayden Hillis completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Noah Stafford. The Aggies blocked the extra point and with 5:37 left in the third quarter, the Tigers cut the lead to 28-6.

On the next series for the Aggies, five straight runs by Frost completed a 72-yard scoring drive and with 3:21 left in the third quarter Fairview extended their lead to 35-6.

Ardmore responded on their next drive as Hillis connected with Stafford again for a 49-yard touchdown pass.  Once again, the Aggies blocked the extra point and with 11 seconds left in the third quarter the score was 35-12.

Once again, the Aggies featured Frost on their next possession.  Frost scored the final touchdown of the game on a 12-yard touchdown run. This made the final score 42-12.

Fairview finished the game with 463 total yards while holding Ardmore to 292 yards offense. Frost finished the game with 344 yards on 21 rushes and five touchdowns.

After the game, Aggies Head Coach George Redding said,

“I’m proud of how this team prepared this week. We fought through some big plays by Ardmore. Our coaches and players worked hard this week.”

Fairview will host Brewer High School next week.

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