FAIRFIELD — After five losses to begin the season, the stars seem to be aligning for the Fairfield football team to win their first game this weekend.
It’s homecoming week. The Trojans are coming off their best half of the season in the first two quarters at Mt. Pleasant, and they’re playing a team they haven’t lost to since the year 2000.
That’s right. Fairfield has won 18 games in a row against Ft. Madison, and while there were plenty of tight one-score wins, it would be an ideal time for the Trojans to win their 19th straight.
Fairfield will need their offense to come to play on Friday night if they want to get that homecoming “W.” The Trojans have picked up the scoring a bit after two-straight single-digit outputs to begin the season, but they’ve gotten a boost from their defense and special teams.
The Trojans have scoered 20, 20 and 16 points respectively in their last three losses. Against Mt. Pleasant, however, the offense produced just one touchdown. Landon Schafter created 10 points on special teams, a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 25-yard field goal.
Ft. Madison comes into the game with a 3-2 record, although all three wins have come against teams who are either winless or have one victory. The Bloodhound defense has been stellar in their three wins, shutting out Central Lee, allowing 14 points to West Burlington-Notre Dame and just six to Burlington.
The offense is led by quarterback Will Larson. Larson has thrown for 626 yards, six touchdowns and one interception this season. He has also ran for 159 yards and a score.
Running back Diego Lozano has shown some breakout speed. He has ran for 291 yards and four touchdowns.
The receiving core is well-balanced between three players. Quentin Scheider has took 14 catches 215 yards and scored two touchdowns. Michael Mosena has caught 26 balls for 173 yards, and Parker Denning has caught 17 passes for 137 yards and four scores.
If the Trojans win on Friday, they’ll be .500 in district play wiht a game at Keokuk coming up next. Fairfield’s last two games are against teams currently ranked in the Class 3A top 10.