Sorry for the delay in this post, but with a Thursday night game, I felt obligated to write the story for Saturday’s newspaper first and then focus on the blog.
I’ve only covered high school football for five years, but I’ve never witnessed a beating like the one Fayette took last night. The Falcons went from possibly becoming the first team to lead No. 1 Westran all season to taking the biggest loss at the hands of the Hornets all season.
Here’s a few things that surprised me:
- Tyler Hunt, you know, that All-State quarterback for Westran? He really only factored into four plays all game. Well, technically five if you count his fumble return for a touchdown. He carried the ball twice, both for touchdowns, and he passed the ball twice, both for touchdowns. Talk about efficiency.
- Mavrick Frerking threw six interceptions. Yes, I know Matt George is one of the best defensive players in the state and had two interceptions, but six picks? I wouldn’t have imagined that happening.
- Even though Frerking passed for 221 yards, both touchdowns came on quarterback runs. Yes, I know both scores came in the second half against Westran’s JV, but maybe Fayette would have faired better by using the running game more often. It certainly would have eaten more of the clock and Westran’s score might have been lower.
- Westran only had 17 offensive plays in the first half. Let’s do the math. The Hornets had 10 touchdowns in the first 24 minutes, but three of them were defensive scores (two pick-sixes, one fumble return), so that takes it down to seven offensive touchdowns. That means, on average, Westran needed just 2.5 plays per drive to get a score, no drive lasting longer than three plays. Impressive, eh?
Fayette’s football season is over with an 0-10 record. FHS will hold its fall sports banquet on Nov. 10, which will be the same night as Meet the Falcons for the winter sports. I’ll put a notice in the paper as that time approaches.