KEOKUK — Sometimes life hands you second chances. On Friday night, the Fairfield football team will get that second chance when they head to Keokuk to take on the same Chiefs team that beat the Trojans on their homecoming night.
It was just two weeks ago when Keokuk went in and beat the Trojans 52-22 in Fairfield. Now, Fairfield can return the favor in a big way, by knocking the Chiefs out of the Class 3A playoffs.
Fairfield comes into the game 1-6, having dropped their last six contests of the regular season. Keokuk is now 3-3 after getting blasted 62-8 by Washington (ranked No. 4 in Gazette poll, No. 3 in AP poll) last week.
The Trojans have found most of their offensive success in the passing game. Sophomore quarterback Isaac Harris has thrown for 937 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. Sophomore Max Weaton leads the team with 30 catches for 377 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Tate Allen has 240 yards and three touchdowns, and senior Brody Angstead has 232 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Payton Cline has been a workhorse for Fairfield ever since Landen Schafer went out with injury after the first game. Cline leads the team with 281 rushing yards but hasn’t found the end zone yet.
Fairfield knows exactly what Keokuk brings to the table. The Chiefs are led by senior quarterback Corey Skinner, who burned the Trojan defense for over 400 total yards in their early October meeting. Skinner leads the Chiefs with 880 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. He also has an impressive resume in the passing game, throwing for 710 yards, nine touchdown and one interception.
The Trojans also will have to try and stave off Keokuk seniors Anthony Potratz and Callum Tackes, who have combined for over 600 yards and nine scores through the air.
If Fairfield can earn vengeance over the Chiefs on Friday, their next stop would be a rematch at Washington seven days later.