FAIRFIELD — When a winless team faces a team wanting to make the playoffs, it is important to get a good start and sow some doubt. That option went out the window Friday when Jacob Miller returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and an 8-0 Washington lead just 8 seconds into a game that ended with a 71-6 loss for Fairfield.
“We thought we had a chance to win if we could come out with a fast start,” Fairfield head coach Nate Weaton said. “We could not put all the pieces together and get things done. To have them score on the kickoff just takes all the wind out of your sails.”
The Demon defense gave up just nine total yards on the next two Fairfield possessions.
“To get a score that quick really motivates the defense,” Demon linebacker Bryan Martin said. “It’s all in the coaching. They really prepared us and did not let us take anything for granted. Fairfield has their pride, so there’s no way we were going to overlook them.”
Zac Stout caught a 26-yard TD pass, and Luke Turner returned a punt 74 yards for a score. It was 23-0 halfway hrough the first quarter.
The Trojans picked up two first downs on the next drive, one on an 18-yard catch by Max Weaton, one on a 6-yard run by Drew Martin.
The Demon answer was a 10-play drive with a Wyatt Stout 6-yard TD.
“Scoring points and getting three-and-outs, that is the name of the game,” Washington head coach James Harris said. “That is what we expect if they are 0-7 and we want to compete for a state title.”
The first play after a Lucas Kroll interception was a 34-yard TD catch by Ethan Hunt. Three plays after a Dillon Sanders interception was a Brady Knutson TD catch.
”We made sure to study a lot of film so we would know what they were going to run,” Sanders said. “All of our defensive backs and linebackers maintain great position.”
Wilx Witthoft ran nine yards for a score and Turner scored right before the half after a Trojan fumble for a 58-0 intermission score.
“We saw some positives,” Coach Weaton said. “We have a long way to go. Rome wasn’t built overnight so we’re not just in this for the short time. Our seniors have really played their hearts out and done a nice job. We respect them and we are hurting for them. We think the future is bright.”
The Trojans drove 56 yards on the opening drive of the second half with Carter Ferrell getting the TD.
Ayden Frazier had a 73-yard scoring run and Ethan Zieglowsky went 39 yards.
“Our kids all work so hard so it was good to get some other guys in and get them reps,” Harris said.
Fairfield is 0-8 and hosts Solon (8-0) Friday while Washington (6-2) hosts Mt. Pleasant (6-2).