BURLINGTON — One of the most unique high school stadiums for football is the destination of the Fairfield football team Friday with the Trojans traveling to Burlington to play the Grayhounds.
Bracewell Stadium was the first stadium west of the Mississippi equipped with lighting and is now the first in the country equipped with LED lighting. The concession stand has live game feed video monitors and a VIP seating area. Inside the stadium, which sits in a valley with a rock wall dominating the visitors’ side, a waterfall flows on the south end with integrated lighting. There is a state-of-the-art digital score board with video screen that shows replays.
Trojan fans will appreciate the canon that booms after Grayhound scores.
Fairfield was just in the Burlington area when it played at West Burlington/Notre Dame Sept. 4. It lost that game and last week’s district game with Mt. Pleasant for a 1-2 record. Burlington did not play the first week of the season due to COVID concerns then lost to Davenport North 40-7 and Keokuk 20-3 for an 0-2 mark.
Burlington has been a Class 4A school but are in 3A this season, playing in District 5 with the Trojans, Washington, Mt. Pleasant, Keokuk and Fort Madison this year, which is the same makeup of the Southeast Conference since Burlington joined in 2019. Burlington’s enrollment of 800 makes it the third largest 3A school after Mason City (810) and Des Moines Hoover (804). Fairfield’s enrollment is 384.
Burlington is a ground-oriented team going 0-for-4 passing in the first game and 2-of-7 in the second with a different quarterback in each game. Ronald Sheard has 125 yards rushing on 30 carries. Cameren Weldon leads the Grayhounds defense in tackles with nine.
Blake Metz is the leading Trojan tackler with 18. Brad Smithburg, Teddy Metcalf and Logan Adam are the team leaders in tackles for loss.
The Trojans have attempted 45 passes with sophomore Isaac Harris completing 14, four to Brody Angstead for 169 yards including a 90-yard touchdown. Max Weaton has five catches and Tate Allen three.
Payton Cline is the leading back with carries for Fairfield at 36 for 74 yards. Landen Schafer is the leading rusher with 86 yards on 14 carries.