The Fairfield Recorder
November 28, 2013 n Page 7A
Lady Eagles ranked No. 17
The Lady Eagles defeated Madisonville last week, 4433, to bring their record to 2-2. The Fairfield squad is ranked No. 17 by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches in their Nov. 25 poll. Caitlyn Stone (2) above center, does a good job of keeping the ball away from Madisonville with a just a few seconds left on the clock. Bree Bossier (14), above right, takes a long shot when she gets open. Tiara Tatum (5), right, gets the ball away from an opponent and makes it down the court to make this jumper. Ainsley Richardson, left, shoots and makes a basket despite several Madisonville defenders.
Photos by Linsey Turner
...Eagles From Page 6A Gallegos had six tackles, two for a loss and a fumble recovery. Sophomore Dominic Brackens had 17 carries and 74 yards and a touchdown, while fellow sophomore Charles Oliver had five carries for 44 yards. Sophomore Cameron Hicks had 85 all-purpose yards with 19 receiving yards and 66 yards from a kickoff return. Defensively, Junior Devin Eggins had 16 total tackles – four solos and 12 assists – and Senior Jeremiah Simpson had 12 tackles – two solos and 10 assists. Oliver had 10 total tackles, including four solos and six assists. The Eagles’ three fumble recoveries came from Oliver, Gallegos and Chris Lide. The Eagles only punted once in the game. Kickoffs for the Eagles were mainly handled by senior Alby Agnelli, an Italian foreign-exchange student at Fairfield High School. Freshman Erik Rodriguez booted nine of nine PATS. The Cadets’ first play from scrimmage had quarterback Kristian Brown – with more than 1,000
rushing yards – breaking around end and racing downfield deep into Eagle territory, but it was called back on a holding penalty. An illegal procedure call backed Waco up another five and with a first and 15 from their 5. On the next play, the Cadets quarterback Kristian Brown mishandled a snap and Eagle defensive lineman Josh Gallegos recovered at the Connally 5. The Eagles short drive stalled on the 3 with a fourth-down incompletion, but a Waco holding call gave the Eagles renewed life and Rose ran in for the TD. The PAT made it 7-0 with about 90 seconds off the clock. The Cadets next possession ended the same way as its first. Brown had another run around end called back on holding and on the next play, Eagle defensive standout Alex Ward forced a Waco fumble and Lide recovered. Two plays later, Rose had his second TD and a successful PAT had the score 14-0 with 8:06 left in the first quarter. The Cadets entered the game with an impressive rushing game this season, but the Eagle defense
did a good job of mostly restraining Brown and running backs James Davis and Chris Robinson. After struggling to get much traction on the on the series following kickoff, Brown punted, but the ball caught the unceasing wintry wind and came back to him and he downed it on the Cadet 34. The Eagles struck swiftly. With two strong runs from Brackens and a Gallegos keeper to the 1, Rose took it in from there. With 3:28 left in the first, it was Fairfield 21, Waco-Connally 0. When the Eagles kicked off, the ball was bobbled by the Cadet deep man and it rolled toward the end zone. A streaking Cameron Hicks raced by the Cadet, jumped on the loose ball in the end zone for what looked to be a TD. After some confusion, the referees put the ball on the 1 and Bryson Gates scored on the next play from there, with a 28-0 Fairfield lead after the PAT. The Cadets got on the board late in the first quarter, with another Kristian Brown’s end run capped by the quarterback diving into the end zone for the TD. Rose blocked the PAT attempt and ran it back to mid-
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field before he was forced out of bounds. The Eagles were quickly back on the scoreboard with an early second quarter drive that included a Rose 34-yard dash up the middle to Waco’s 19, followed a five-yard run to the 14. Fairfield had a five-yard loss on the next play, but Gallegos quickly struck with an arcing pass – against the wind-driven rain - to Hicks deep in the end zone. Rodriguez’s PAT made it 34-6. The second-quarter Eagle scoring continued with about two minutes off the clock. Chance Carroll picked off a Brown pass from the Fairfield 27, thanks to Gallegos breaking it up. Carroll returned it to the Cadet 43. Two plays later, Rose broke into the open – he rarely is stopped once he clears the line of scrimmage and raced 43 yards for the score. The PAT made it 42-6, with 8:28 left in the second. The Eagles next score came at the 4:39 mark in the quarter. On a drive powered by runs from Rose, Brackens and Gallegos, Rose scored from the 19. The PAT gave the Eagles a 48-6 lead. Another Rose TD - set up by a Gallegos keeper and a pass play to Lide - came from 33 yards out with 1:19 left in the half. That gave the Eagles a 55-6 advantage.
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The Eagles last two TDs were in the third quarter. After their frustrating punting experience, the Cadets chose on fourth down to go for the first. Midway through the third, the Eagles gained possession on the Cadet 46 after the ball went over when the stout Eagle defense didn’t allow Waco to convert on fourth down. Jacob Gallegos had a nifty 15yard run, followed by Rose with another five. From the 26, Rose sprinted in for the TD at the 7:22 mark and the PAT made it 62-6. The speed of the Eagle defense often pushes opposing centers to make hasty snaps over the heads of quarterbacks and punters. In Waco’s case, that was Brown and in the seconds lost to grab such a high snap from his center, Bryson Gates sacked Brown on the Cadets’ 29-yard line, setting up the Eagle offense with good field position. The Eagle offensive front opened up a hole for Brackens to pick up 13 yards on what would be the Eagles final scoring drive. Rahiem Hayes added the final TD on a good run from the 11. The PAT made it 69-6. The Cadets added another TD midway through the fourth quarter for the final score, 69-12.