Washington Evening Journal
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FAIRFIELD — For Fairfield football in 2022, there’s a lot of familiarity.
The Trojan’s bring back a lot of fire power this season and lose just a few weapons to graduation.
Quarterback Tate Allen will make the return in his senior year as well as star tight-end Max Weaton.
Allen finished last season with 1,211 passing yard, 14 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also rushed for eight touchdowns on 74 carries and 199 yards.
Weaton was one of the best in the Southeast Conference when it came to catching the pig skin.
In his junior season, he accumulated 40 receptions for 526 yards and eight touchdowns.
Fairfield will not have its two of its top four receivers this year. Evan Haines and Connor Lyons, who each graduated, each combined for 26 receptions, 434 yards and six touchdowns.
Now senior, Tate Richardson will surly see some more targets. He finished with 195 yards on nine receptions.
On the rushing side of things, Fairfield will be without its 2021 leading ball carrier Teddy Metcalf. Metcalf rushed 118 times for 450 yards and three touchdowns.
The Trojans are in good hands though in the backfield as Hunter Cecchini makes a return. He finished just behind Metcalf last season with 405 yards rushing on just 55 carries, averaging 7.4 yards a carry.
As for the Trojan’s opponents on the field this season, it’s the same schedule as last year.
They will take on Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa to start, which were both wins. Fort Madison is next, in which Fairfield will look to get some payback after suffering a defeat last season.
Knoxville, Keokuk and West Burlington were a trio of wins for Fairfield in 2021, but in the last three games against Solon, Washington and Grinnell the Trojans were topped.
2022 Fairfield football schedule
Aug. 26 vs. Mt. Pleasant
Sept. 2 at Ottumwa
Sept. 9 vs. Fort Madison
Sept. 16 at Knoxville
Sept. 23 at Keokuk
Sept. 30 vs. West Burlington
Oct. 7 vs. Solon
Oct. 14 at Washington
Oct. 21 vs. Grinnell