A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS
If you thought Fairfield’s football uniforms looked a bit different Friday night when the Falcons defeated visitng Culver Military, 28-12 on Senior Night, you were right.
The Falcons wore special camoflage uniforms as part of the team’s “Hometown Heroes Night,” The event honored the military and funds were raised for two military-related charities: The Indiana Guard Relief Fund, which assists the families of Indiana National Guard members; and Wish For Our Heroes, which creates wishes for servicemen and women.
Victor Hagar, who helped organiza the event, said it was a rousing success.
Fairfield head coach Bob Miller said it was great to be a part of the event — part of a tradition of service projects the team has carried on in recent years.
Since Culver Military is also contributing to the event, Miller said it’s not certain yet ho much money was raised.
Kitson’s breakout run
Fairfield senior running back Cameron Kitson had a good night, with 167 yards on 18 carries and a TD.
But Kitson needed until the third quarter to bust off a big one, when he went 61 yards for a TD to put the Falcons up 21-6.
KItson said it’s just a matter of being patient.
“Culver Military was doing a pretty good job of shutting off the outside,” KItson said. “But I was finally able to get out there and break one.”
Warsaw at Concord
Minutemen in charge
Coach Tim Dawson told his Concord football team even after the Minutemen lost to Plymouth in Week 7 they were still in control of their own destiny when it came to the NLC title.
Three weeks ago Concord, Northridge and Warsaw were locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings. The Minutemen broke the deadlock by defeating Northridge 35-7 in Week 8 and Warsaw 28-0 last Friday.
“We told the kids we were still in control of things,” the coach said. “They proved that by beating a couple of pretty good teams the last two weeks. Championships never get old.”
The title made school history as it’s only time the Minutemen have captured four straight league championships. Concord was the outright champion in 2010 and 2011 and shared the crown with Plymouth a year ago.
Concord and Plymouth have become the powerhouses in the conference with the two schools either winning outright or taking a share of the title every season since 2003 when the Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers finished at the top of the standings.
Prior to the current stretch Concord have finished in first place since a shared title with NorthWood in 1984 and Plymouth since a joint championship with Goshen in 1978.
Strike Force defense
Concord’s defense played a big role in the victory over Warsaw with four takeaways. The Minutemen also prevented the Tigers from converting on fourth down three times.
“Craig Koehler and his defensive staff have the kids thinking the first player makes the hit and the rest go for the ball,” Dawson said.
Senior linebacker Jake Kronk had the biggest takeaway when he returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown with 1:48 left before halftime to give the Minutemen a 14-0 lead.
The kickoff team accounted for another takeaway on the ensuing play by forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior Brendan Smith at the W-24. Junior Jerrell Pointdexter scored two plays later on a reverse to give Concord a 21-0 halftime advantage.
Senior Nick DeFreese had a fumble recovery and an interception for the other two takeaways.
Wawasee at Goshen
Seniors Brett Ward and Ryan Crosley were among defensive standouts early for the Warriors in the game at Foreman Field. Wawasee pitched a shutout in the second half and won, 17-14.
Junior Brock Spangle had a fumble recovery for WHS in Period 2 and senior Austin Lutz an interception on Goshen’s last play of the game.
Goshen also had some sparkling defensive plays with junior Jon Stutsman, sophomores Cameron Kline and Colton Potter each knocking down passes in the first half.
Seniors Sam Byler and Carlos Duarte intercepted Wawasee passes and Potter recovered a short kickoff when the Warriors were receiving.
With a “bye” week coming up before Class 5A sectional play, Goshen could get some injured players back for a game at home against Elkhart Central on Nov. 1.
They include junior quarterback Derek DeMeyer, sophomore receiver Brady Bechtel, junior linemen Adam Pearson and Nick Gerber.
Northridge at Elkhart Memorial
The Northridge Raiders put on a defensive display of their own by holding Memorial to 54 yards of total offense (38 rushing and 16 passing) in a 27-0 victory Friday night.
Northridge also shutout Warsaw (24-0) and Goshen (20-0) this season. It’s the first time for the Raiders to post three shutouts in a season since 1986 when Northridge whitewashed Angola (12-0), Fairfield (6-0 in overtime) and Leo (35-0).
The Memorial win was Northridge’s seventh this season, which is the most wins in a season since 1977 when the Raiders finished 7-3 for coach Ray Reid.
The most wins Northridge has ever had in a season is nine (one loss) in 1975 for coach Bob Cornell. The 1975 season was the fifth in the program’s history.
Fremont at West Noble
The West Noble Chargers notched their third win of the season with a 20-point outburst in the fourth period in a 32-12 NECC win over the visiting Fremont Eagles.
Junior Brandon Moser caught an 11-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Landon Stover, junior Luke Wechter returned an interception 41 yards for a score and junior Levi Nelson had a 9-yard TD run for the Chargers to break a 12-12 tie at the end of the third period.