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The Fairfield Recorder Sports

Eight Eagles named to 3A All-State teams From UIL Eight Fairfield Eagles were named to the Texas APSE Class 3A all-state football team – and Larry

Rose was named Offensive Player of the Year. Rose, Sr., with 211 carries for 2,716 yards, and lineman Andrew Grant, Sr., who helped the Eagles

average 340 rushing yards and 500 total yards per game, both were on the 3A first-team offense selected by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors

Association. The first-team APSE defense includes: Dedrick Garner, Jr, 74 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 4 forced fumbles; Devin

Eggins, Jr., 150 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries; and Alex Ward, Sr., 55 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 6 INTs, 3 INTs returned for TDs.

Offensive lineman Kolten Gatson, defensive lineman Danny Cockerell and linebacker Jeremiah Simpson were all-state honorable mention selections.

...Eagles From Page 1B life into an Argyle offensive drive that the Eagle defense had stalled. That play led to a four-yard touchdown run by Argyle’s top running back, Ian Sadler, who had 284 allpurpose yards. Sadler also got a touchdown from a 65-yard secondhalf punt return that gave Argyle the lead in the third quarter. “They whipped us off the bat,” Bachtel said of the Eagles’ slow start. He suggested that the enormity of the game and the setting of such a large stadium – the Jumbatron screen – could have distracted the Eagles at first. Argyle scored on its first drive of the game after intercepting a third-down Gallegos pass on the Eagle 33, after Fairfield struggled to pick up any yardage on first two plays. Argyle drove it down on five plays, with Sadler scoring on a 13-yard run. Argyle’s national record-holding kicker Cole Hedlund’s PAT was good for a 7-0 lead with 8:59 left in the first quarter. Fairfield got some traction on its next drive from its 25 to the Argyle 48, but the drive stalled and a Gallegos short punt put the opposing Eagles on their own 27. The Eagle defense went to work, holding Argyle to seven yards on three plays and forcing a punt. Pressured by Fairfield defensive front, the center snapped the ball over the punter’s head. Sadler recovered it at the 10 and moved it to the 13 before Eagle Devin Eggins stopped him. From the Argyle 13, Fairfield couldn’t move the ball into the end zone, but it did get a score. Freshman Erick Rodriguez-Reyes booted a 30-yard field goal, trimming Argyle’s lead to 7-3, with 2:49 in the first quarter. After Eagle Alby Agnelli’s kickoff, Argyle set up at its 26 and five plays later scored – aided by two passes to Sadler that totaled 57 yards - on a Connor Wilson 7-yard run and Hedlund’s PAT. That made it 14-3, with 1:06 on the clock. All of Hedlund’s kickoffs went deep and resulted in touchbacks, with no returns. Fairfield still hadn’t got on track yet, on second down on the Eagle 27, Gallegos heaved a long pass intended for Lide, but Argyle’s Wilson intercepted it on the Argyle 39 and returned it to the 41. Argyle moved the ball on the following drive to the Fairfield 33 and there the Fairfield defense held. Argyle had to settle on a 44-yard field goal, for a 17-3 advantage at the 10:22 mark in the second quarter. “After we settled down, we started playing Fairfield football. We started moving the ball up and down the field,” Bachtel remarked. From its 25, after the kickoff touchback, the Eagles finally got on track. Rose picked up 21 yards on two runs and Gallegos two keepers gained another 19 to put it on the Argyle 35. On the next play, Gates picked up four yards – but in the process he keep driving, pushing Argyle defenders back and it took several of them to finally wrestle him down. The Fairfield crowd, who stayed in the game throughout, gave Gates a big shout-out for his effort. With the Eagle offensive front pushing Argyle back, Rose broke free from the 31 for a touchdown dash. Rodriguez-Reyes’ PAT was good – he was 4 for 4 – and the Eagles narrowed the score to 17-10, with 8:20 left in the second quarter. A short Eagle kickoff gave Argyle the ball on its 38, but it couldn’t move that much on Fairfield’s defense, ending with a fourth down on the Eagle 49. Sadler’s 47-yard punt put the ball on the

Eagle quarterback Jacob Gallegos (4) gets protection and time from his blockers, Kolton Gatson (77), Dillen Kilpatrick (70) and Bryson Gates (12), to find a receiver in Fairfield’s state UIL championship game against Argyle Friday, Dec. 20, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Photo by Linsey Turner

Fairfield 2. Rose had a 10-yard run and caught a 15-yard pass from Gallegos as part of thrust to its 31. On a first-down play, Gallegos exhibited his longrange passing skills and Lide showed his remarkable receiving ability after streaking down the field and scooping up his quarterback’s bomb for a 69-yard touchdown play. The PAT allowed Fairfield to tie the game at 17-all, with 3:36 left in the second. Sadler returned Agnelli’s kickoff to the Argyle 21, some 29 yards to the 50-yard line. Again, the Eagle defense held, accented by sacking Argyle quarterback Brandon Boyzuick for a five-yard loss. Sadler boomed the punt 50 yards and Eagle Chance Carroll picked it up on the Fairfield 5, where he was hit hard, but kept possession. From his 5, Rose broke free to the 27, followed by a 27-yard pass combination from Gallegos to Alex Ward that got the ball to the Argyle 46. Gates had a 20-yard run to the 26, but the Eagle offense was backed up to 34, where it was 4th and 14. Gallegos then threw a short pass to Ward in the flat. Ward then threw a 34-yard strike to Lide for an apparent touchdown and Fairfield fans were loud in approval. But, an illegal shift penalty on the Eagles brought the ball back to the Argyle 39, wiping out a thrilling play.

This season has continually proven that it’s a mistake to count the Eagles down and the next play was a perfect example why. From the Argyle 39, Gallegos again passed to Ward, who this time was at the goal for the score and PAT that put Fairfield ahead 24-17 at halftime. At half, the Eagles had 309 yards rushing to Argyle’s

138 – and only 19 yards in the second quarter. Argyle moved to reverse its fortunes in the second half by setting up on its 48 following the Eagle kickoff. The Argyle five-play scoring drive was aided by a key fourth-down Sadler run that rambled 41 yards to the Eagle 4, where he took it in on the next play. The successful PAT tied the game at 24 apiece,

with 9:29 left in the third quarter. The Eagle drive stalled after the kickoff and Gallegos’ fourth-down punt from his 28 went 37 yards to the Argyle 35. Sadler returned it 65 yards for the score. Hedlund’s PAT made it 31-24 at the 7:22 mark. Fairfield’s next drive went three and out and Gallegos punt from the Eagle 40 went to the Argyle 23 – a holding penalty on those Eagles moved it back to the 23. Fairfield got a break on that Argyle series when Carroll intercepted a Boyzuick throw and the Eagles went back on offense on the Argyle 49. The Eagles moved the ball 44 yards to the Argyle 5, but turned the ball over on downs. Argyle couldn’t move much on its 9, and Sadler lost nine yards and got sacked by Jeremiah Simpson for a safety - six seconds into the fourth quarter, with the score Argyle 31 and Fairfield 26. Gates returned Hedlund’s safety kickoff 23 yards to the Eagle 29. A pass interference call on Argyle helped put the Eagles on the Argyle 46. From there, Rose took it to the house for a 54-yard scoring run that, with the RodriguezReyes PAT, put the Eagles back on top 33-31, with 11:01

showing on the clock. Agnelli boomed the kickoff to the Argyle 14 and they returned to their 20. They mounted an 80-yard, 10-play scoring drive, capped by a Sadler three-yard touchdown. The PAT put the final, five-point spread on the game at 38-33, with 6:54 on the clock. Fairfield had one more chance to score and possibly win. After stopping an Argyle drive, Fairfield launched a drive from its 13 to the opponents’ 11-yard line. On fourth down with four yards needed for the first, Rose plowed into the line of scrimmage for a two-yard gain. The ball went over and Argyle ran out the clock. Lide said he feels a “big emotion where we are” for the Eagles to playing for the state title. “I’ve been with these guys all my life,” Lide said of his teammates. “When we’re around positive things happen. “We can’t take it as a loss. A lot of teams would like to be in our spot.” “These guys are warriors,” Bachtel said. In another time “they would be gladiators,” he added. “In a way, it was fun.”


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