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The Fairfield Recorder Sports

December 26, 2013 n Page 7B

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...Season From Page 6B Cameron Hicks who had six catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Colby Minze had four catches for 85 yards and Senior Chris Lide had three catches for 54 yards – both had 32-yard catches. Game 8 Eagles 55 Groesbeck 7 October 18 Homecoming should be more exciting this year since the Eagles are unbeaten and one of the top 3A football teams in Texas. After a 55-7 shellacking of Groesbeck last Friday, Fairfield is now 2-0 in district play - and atop 19-3A standings - 8-0 on the season and the No. 5 in the state. Friday's homecoming game is with Mexia (3-4 and 1-0 in district). Fairfield has The Grand Band from Eagle Land was an integral part of the 2013 football season, providing an entertaining won three straight games and well executed performance at each game’s halftime. from Mexia. The Black Cats Photo by Linsey Turner are coming off an open week. The Eagles are equally Senior Bryson Gates and Senior Jeremiah Simpson The Eagles had 514 yards Brackens turned in another adept at scoring this year as Junior Chance Carroll, also had eight tackles, three of of total offense – 382 rushing impressive performance with they are keeping their oppohad rushing touchdowns. them solos. and 132 passing – and kept eight carries for 102 yards nents from putting up points. Sophomore Dominic Lide and Carroll both had Mexia from even threatening (522 season) and two touchWhile scoring 444 points Brackens compiled an impres- interceptions, while Gallegos to score. Mexia had 57 yards downs. through eight games - 55 sive 117 yards rushing. also had a fumble recovery. of total offense – 43 yards Senior Bryson Gates had points per game - Fairfield Fairfield had 407 yards Game 9 rushing and 14 yards passing. three catches for 59 yards and has allowed opposing teams rushing and 80 in the air for a Eagles 72 Mexia 0 Senior running back Larry a touchdown run. 86 points, or about 10 points total offensive effort of 487 October 25 Rose kept up his superlative Freshman kicker Erick per game, according to yards. The Eagles will play record this season, with 10 Rodriguez nailed all of his Defensively, Junior Devin Palestine (6-2, 2-0) Nov. 11 in carries for 164 yards against extra-point conversions on the That was certainly the case Eggins highlighted an impres- Palestine. Palestine takes on Mexia (1,742 yards on the Eagles 10 touchdowns. at Groesbeck last Friday, sive Eagle defense at Mexia there Friday. season) and one touchdown In addition to the rushing when Fairfield rolled to a 34Groesbeck. Fairfield scored more than he also had a 56-yard kickoff and kickoff-return touch0 first quarter score. Eggins had 16 total tack20 points in each of the first return for a score for a total of downs, Senior Chris Lide ran Senior running back Rose les, 10 were solo, with two three quarters and held Mexia 215 all-purpose yards. a fumble recovery 65 yards had 213 yards against sacks, a quarterback hurry and scoreless in a lopsided homeIt was a four-touchdown for another Eagle score. Groesbeck, including four a fumble recovery. coming game win of 72-0 game for Senior quarterback That wasn't the only points touchdowns on runs of 33, 73, Joining Eggins in a thorFriday night. Jacob Gallegos, who rushed scored by the defense 2 and 41 yards. ough defensive domination It was another dominating for 57 Fairfield's swift and aggresSenior quarterback Jacob included Senior Danny Eagle victory where Fairfield yards and was 9 of 12 sive defense also forced a Gallegos was 8 for 13 for 80 Cockerell, who had nine total completely controlled both passing for 132 yards (1,361 first-quarter safety from yards and two touchdowns tackles and two sacks, as did sides of the ball that has been for the season). Mexia. both to senior Chris Lide. Senior Dedrick Garner. the rule this season. Sophomore Dominic Defensive standouts for the





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Eagles included Junior Devin Eggins with 12 total tackles, with two tackles for loss, and Senior Jeremiah Simpson, with 10 stops, and two tackles for loss. Other top tacklers were Senior Danny Cockerell with 9 tackles, Senior Alex Ward, with 8, Junior Chance Carroll, 8, Junior Dedrick Garner, 7, Senior Tristan McGowan, 6, and Cameron Hicks, 6. Ward and Garner each had sacks. Game 10 Eagles 54, Palestine 0 November 8 John Bachtel has stressed the importance of team speed for the Fairfield Eagles this season. The Eagles head coach’s point was well taken last Friday night as the Eagles’ speed on offense and defense was a prominent factor in shutting out Palestine 54-0 for Fairfield’s second straight 193A district title. “It’s good to play a good team and come out (with a win). Our kids rose to the occasion,” Bachtel said. Fairfield has drawn its season-opener opponent, Diboll (1-9, 1-3), for its bi-district playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Crockett at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium, 1600 SW Loop 304. While playing a 1-9 team might seem to be an unusual playoff opponent for some, Bachtel said “their record doesn’t mean anything to us. “We’re more worried about us than them, it’s how we perform. We’re going to practice just as we did for Navasota and Palestine.” The Eagles swift, swarm See Season Page 8B

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