Griffins’ defense shines in region win

WINNSBORO – The Griffins opened region play last week with a dominant all-around performance on their home field against the Columbia Capitals, and this week they kept the momentum. Fairfield improved to 5-3 and 2-0 inside the region with another shining defensive performance that led to a 27-7 win.

Kimoni Harris (13) shadows the Bulldog receiver and prevents a tough catch. | Photo/Joe Siebles

Camden got the ball to lead off the game with decent field position at their own 41, but, like the majority of their drives, it ended with the Bulldogs hoisting up a punt. The first Camden punt was a beauty and pinned the Griffins down on their own one, but it was not enough to keep them out of the end-zone.

Fairfield proceeded to take the ball 99 yards over the course of five minutes and in 16 plays. A Jacob McManus 15-yard pass to Montavious Thompson sparked the drive, and they proceeded to rip of gains of 19, 10, 17 and 19 yards. Tony Ruff ended the drive with an eight-yard rushing score.

There would be no more scoring for the rest of the first, but Theron Byrd closed the quarter in impressive fashion with a hard hit on the Camden quarterback, Bryce Jeffcoat. The hard tackle left Camden facing another fourth down, and this time they faked the punt, but it was quickly shutdown.

The turnover on downs gave the Griffins possession on the Camden 38, and it did not take long for them to cash in on the excellent positioning. McManus hit up JR Edmonds on the first play of the drive, and Edmonds took the pass 33 yards.

Last week’s Homecoming King Jamon “Bama” Jackson trampled past the Bulldog defense for a five yard touchdown on the next play. Antonio Aguilera split the uprights to give the Griffins a 13-0 lead.

The Griffins moved the ball deep into Camden territory on their next possession in search for a three-score lead, but the drive stalled out on a failed fourth down attempt at the Bulldog 26 yard-line.

Fairfield moved the ball on the next drive after a turnover on downs. They were charging deep into Camden territory as the half neared its expiration, but linebacker Lance Mccray picked off McManus.

Both defenses forced punts to start the second half, but on the Griffins’ second possession of the half they found pay dirt again. After taking over on the Camden 46, McManus busted the drive open with a 16-yard pass to Nydarious Williamson.

A couple of plays later, Tony Ruff ripped off a 10-yard run and then got into the end-zone on a 16-yard rush. The touchdown and proceeding extra point conversion put the Griffins up 20-0.

Camden answered back on their next drive for the first and only time in the game. A Fairfield personal foul propelled the Bulldog drive ahead 23 yards, and then a Jeffcoat pass to Lareik Briggs went for 25 yards.

Zyreek Fowler capped off the drive with a 16-yard rush with just a minute and some change left to go in the third quarter. Fairfield took the wind out of the Bulldog sail with a long drive that stretched over six minutes and 65 yards.

The big man Dorian Glenn put an end to the drive and to the game with his dagger of a touchdown from eight yards out.

Fairfield rides three game win streak into a bye week, and when they return it’s going to be for their second road game of the year against the Chester Cyclones.

Scoring

FCHS– 6–7-7-7-27

CHS– 0-0-7-0–7

First Quarter

FCHS – Tony Ruff 8 run (Antonio Aguilera kick no good). 4:48.

Second Quarter

FCHS – Jamon Jackson 5 run (A.Aguilera kick). 11:28.

Third Quarter

FCHS – Tony Ruff 16 run (A.Aguilera kick).3:19.

CHS – Zyreek Fowler 16 run (Bennett Caldwell kick). 1:13.

Fourth Quarter

FCHS – Dorian Glenn 8 rush (A.Aguilera kick). 6:51.

TEAM STATS            FCHS                  CHS

First Downs               17                         6

Rushes/Yards           47-254               15-50

Passing Yards           112                       122

C-A-I-TD                     8-19-1-0           12-26-0-0

Fumbles/ Lost         0/0                       0/0

Penalties/Yards       8-87                     5-48

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING:   FCHS – Tony Ruff 19-122, Jamon Jackson 14-79, Rodriguez Edmonds 1-6,,Montavious Thompson 3-10, Jacob McManus 3-19, Quinjae Pringle 2 – (-2), Dorian Glenn 5-16. CHS – Bryce Jeffcoat 4-29, Shymeik Corbett 1 – (-5), Lance Mccray 6-14, Campbell Jordan 1-1, Zyreek Fowler 3-20.

RECEIVING: FCHS- JR Edmonds 1- 33, Jamas Goins 2-14, Jamon Jackson 1-29, Nydarious Williamson 1-16, Malik Butler 1-5, 1-15, Montavious Thompson 2-15. CHS – Zyreek Fowler 5-48, Landon Goodwin 1-4, Campbell Jordan 1-3, Larek Briggs 1-18, Tyler Maxwell 1-10, Randy Kambeitz 1-31, Shymeik Corbett 1-(-1), Jeremy Cotton 1-9.

PASSING: FCHS – Jacob McManus 8-19, 112 yards, one interception. CHS – Bryce Jeffcoat 12-26, 122 yards.