KEOKUK — Time is running out on Fairfield to get its first victory before the season ends. The Trojans have three games left on the schedule, and is most winnable contest will take place at Calvert Stadium in Keokuk on Friday night.
The Chiefs did start the season 4-0, sweeping through non-district play and winning every game by at least 15 points, but they’ve had a rough start to the district schedule, falling 49-6 at Washington and 47-7 at home against Mt. Pleasant.
Keokuk is led by quarterback Corey Skinner and running back Braylon Martinez. Skinner has thrown for 870 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and also run for 299 yards and two scores. Martinez has ran for 391 yards and two scores, and also caught 10 passes for 134 yards and one score.
Keokuk’s receiving corps is led by Anthony Potratz and Eddie Lee. Potratz has 12 catches for 239 yards and six touchdowns, and Lee has 12 catches for 214 yards and two scores.
Luckily for the Trojas, who have had a tough time moving the ball all season, Keokuk’s defense seems to have found its ripple. With the Chiefs giving up 48 points per game in district play, it might finally be time for the Trojans to break out.
The bad news for Fairfield is that they’re coming off one grinder of a football game last Friday night. The Trojans’ double-overtime loss against Ft. Madison was a struggle for yards and everyone took their lumps, especially running back Leone Gichure, who went for 96 yards and a touchdown through the air and 32 yards on the ground.
Fairfield’s offense had more trouble gaining yards through the air. Carter Ferrel finished the game 4-18 with two interceptions, although he did use his legs to find the end zone once.
Fairfield is coming off an eight-tackle performance from Drew Martin. He and Ferrel both had an interception last week, and the Trojan secondary has picked off seven passes this year.
If the Trojans need some assistance from the kicking game, Landen Shafer has hit two of the longest kicks in district play so far. He made a 25-yarder against Mt. Pleasant and a 40-yarder against Ft. Madison.
If Fairfield can’t pick up their first win this Friday, it’s only uphill from there. Fairfield hosts Washington and No. 4 Solon in its last two games. In all, the combined win-loss record of Fairfield’s three remaining opponents is 14-4.