FAIRFIELD — Friday night at Pearl Smith Stadium, it will be Trojans versus Indians.
No, it’s not a war movie, it is high school football as Oskaloosa comes to Fairfield.
The Oskaloosa Indians suffered a big loss last week, falling 62-12 at Washington.
Fairfield lost 33-7 at home to Clear Creek-Amana, but a touchdown was called back that would have given the Trojans a 14-13 lead before halftime. Instead, the penalty changed the momentum for Fairfield.
“That was a big turning point with regard to momentum,” Fairfield coach Nate Weaton said. “The kids kept fighting, but that was a big blow.”
Fairfield will have to maintain possession of the ball, suffering six interceptions and three fumbles (two lost) Friday against the Clippers. The Trojans also committed 10 penalties.
“We will continue to work hard on this as we prepare for Oskaloosa,” Weaton said. “If we eliminate our own mental errors, I am confident we will win football games.”
The Trojans have moved the ball through the air, but have struggled with their rushing attack, managing just 53 yards on 27 carries last week.
Oskaloosa downed Pella Christian 29-22 in the first game of the season. It had 334 yards of offense in that game.
Against Washington last week, Osky quarterback William Shultz was 12 for 25 for 183 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Indians did not have much luck with their rushing attack. Schultz had 11 carries for three yards. Tyler Miller carried nine times for 46 yards. Five others combined for 25 yards on eight carries.
Miller was the main target in the passing game with six catches for 84 yards.
Wyatt Krier was the leading tackler for the Indians against Washington with 7.5 stops.
It is often said the biggest improvement a football team makes is between the first and second games.
“I was really pleased with the improvement our kids made from Week 1 to Week 2,” Weaton said. We faced another physical football team in Clear Creek Amana, and the kids responded well.”
Weaton is not concerned with the strength of his players.
“We can play with anyone physically, I am confident of that,” he said. “Defensively, we continued to be physical up front, but gave up a few too many big plays.”
Oskaloosa had a number of big plays against Washington, completing touchdown passes of 58 and 27 yards. Miller also had a 65-yard touchdown run called back because of a penalty.
“Our mental edge challenged us again this week,” Weaton said. “We improved from Week 1, but penalties and turnovers plagued us.”