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August 29, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Falcons look to keep rolling this week

GOSHEN — The Fairfield Falcons continue in their quest for the NECC title Friday night as the high school football season swings into Week 2.

A year ago, the Falcons (6-2 NECC) finished in third place behind Churubusco (8-0) and Lakeland (7-1).

Fairfield got off to a winning start in the league with a 35-21 victory at Central Noble last Friday.

Temperatures are expected to be higher for this week and that’s one of the reasons why Miller is glad to be home.

“It’s always a couple of degrees cooler and the humidity a little lower in Benton,” the coach quipped.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Falcons have won 10 of their last 15 home games, including a 5-0 mark in the 2010 campaign.

Prairie Heights (0-1) at Fairfield (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Series record: Fairfield 19-5

Last season: Fairfield 23-14

The Fairfield offense generated 266 yards of total offense (184 rushing, 82 passing) and 35 points in Week 1. Five-nine (175) senior Cameron Kitson was the top rusher with 111 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns. Five-eleven (150) senior quarterback Kyle Mast was 6 of 13 passing for 56 yards and 5-7 (161) senior running back Tony Zook 1 of 1 for 26 and a TD. Zook’s scoring pass was snared by 5-9 (166) senior Caleb Armbruster.

“The offense played a solid game,” Fairfield coach Bob Miller said. “There is still room for improvement, but we showed we can put some points on the board. We ran the ball well and Mast made some good decisions at quarterback.”

On the defensive side of things, the Falcons allowed 228 total yards (187 rushing and 41 passing).

“Our defense showed we have some room for improvement,” the coach said. “Central Noble is an improved team, but we had several opportunities that we failed to capitalize on. We have got to get better in that area.”

The Prairie Heights Panthers are in the second season under coach Vincent Royer.

“They use multiple fronts and do a lot of things on offense,” Miller said. “They may go from a stack I to a spread to a wing to a slot. The Panthers also have some good skill kids. All of that means our defenders are going to have to be good students of the game.”

Fairfield had a kicking game by committee with 5-5 (182) junior David Sceniak handling kickoffs and 5-10 (234) sophomore Reid Kammerdiener PATs. Regular punter 6-1 (173) senior Thomas Martin missed the opener due to a wrist injury and is questionable for this week so 6-3 (179) sophomore Sam Brown is expected to handle those duties again. He averaged 28 yards on two punts last week.

“David has some talent for kicking off, Reid did well on the short kicks and Sam did a great job of jumping in,” Miller said.

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