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October 19, 2013

PREP FOOTBALL: Falcons soar into playoffs

BENTON — Bring on the postseason.

Fairfield won its seventh straight game Friday night, wrapping up the 2013 regular season with a 28-12 win over visiting Culver Military Academy on Senior Night.

Fairfield coach Bob Miller said his team wanted to play ball control and keep the ball away from a sometimes explosive CMA offense.

“I’m happy with the points we gave up to them tonight,” Miller said.

Fairfield drew first blood in this one. After the two teams traded three-and-outs to open the contest, the Falcons drove 84 yards to their first score of the night, cashing in with a 2-yard TD run by senior fullback Lucas Miller with 1:05 left in the first.

The Eagles responded on their ensuing drive, getting a 25-yard field goal from Ryan Graf with 7:45 left until intermission.

Fairfield drove to the CMA 11, but that drive stalled and the Falcons turned it over on downs. The Eagles could do nothing with their possession and the Falcons got the ball back in excellent field position at the CMA 48. Fairfield converted the short field, getting an 8-yard run from Tony Zook with 47.6 seconds left in the half.

A Nolan Miller interception snuffed out the Eagles’ ensuing possession and the Falcons went to the locker room up 14-3.

The Falcons got a key defensive stop on CMA’s first possession of the second half, and then drove to the Eagle 33 before turning the ball over on downs.

CMA got a 29-yard field goal to cut the Falcon lead to 14-6 with 4:50 left in the third.

And then it was Falcon senior running back Cameron Kitson finally busting loose with a long one, scampering 61 yards to pay dirt to put the Falcons up 21-6 with 3:22 left in the third.

Kitson ended the night with 18 carries for 167 yards and a TD. Zook had 15 carries for 78 yards and a TD.

Fairfield added another TD early in the fourth on a 13-yard run by Miller to up its lead to 28-6.

CMA added a late TD on a 14-yard TD pass from Hayes Barnes to Pierre Byrne.

For CMA coach Andrew Dorrel, it was a night of missed opportunities.

“Fairfield outplayed us,” Dorrel said. “They’re well-coached, and they made the plays.”

The Falcons are on the road next week as they open Class 3A, Sectional 26 play at Maconaquah. Culver Academy is in the same sectional and hosts Twin Lakes.

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