GRINNELL — It was only a year ago that Fairfield’s offense dropped a season-high 61 points on Grinnell in a nondistrict shootout. One year and plenty of graduated stars later, the Trojans are just trying to score enough to get that elusive first win.
After back-to-back games of scoring 10 points or less, the Trojan offense finally started to show some life toward the end of the Oskaloosa game last week. Three different players found the end zone on the ground, and Fairfield hit 20 points for the first time this season.
Quarterback Carter Ferrel has been a part of three of the team’s five touchdowns this year. He has ran for two scores, including one last week, and thrown for one. Drew Martin has caught three passes for 110 yards, and Landon Kooiker has snagged eight balls for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Fairfield’s passing game has went for 28 completions so far this season, but the touchdown-interception ratio hasn’t been what the Trojans invisioned. Ferrel and backup quarterback Landen Schafer have combined for one touchdown pass and 10 interceptions.
The Trojans might find some success with starting running back Leone Gichure on Friday night. In last year’s game, Gichure torched the Tigers for 135 yards and found the end zone on a 44-yard scamper. Gichure eclipsed the 100-yard mark last Friday, and is now sitting at a team-leading 106 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The 0-3 Trojans will have their hands full with a 2-1 Grinnell squad that averages 34 points per game this year.
Fairfield’s run defense will need to buckle down if they want to stop Tiger star Wyatt Hunter. He has exploded for 587 yards and eight touchdowns in the team’s first three games. Quarterback Dallas Sauser has thrown for 616 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.