FAIRLAND — A huge fourth-quarter comeback gave Fairland a 30-27 victory over Oklahoma Union here Friday, Sept. 15.
The Owls had trailed 27-6 heading into the final period but exploded for four touchdowns.
Cody Rice reeled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Riley Powell with less than a minute remaining to cap the Fairland comeback.
“We were trying to figure out how many yards we were going to need to at least attempt a field goal to try to tie it then he unleashed it,” Fairland head coach Kent Marshall said. “How in the world he caught it — the football gods were smiling on us.”
The win was the second straight for Fairland after losing its first two by lopsided margins to Colcord and Wyandotte.
Quarterback Riley Powell completed 13 of 25 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns, one each to Cody Rice, Cole Cawlfield and Andrew Barker.
“For the second straight, a Foust kinda sparked us,” Marshall said. “Two weeks ago, Michael Foust scoops one up and scores and this time it was Brenden Foust his brother.
Brenden Foust and Jay Padberg forced a big turnover when they belted the ball carrier and knocked the ball loose during the rally.
“It’s been like in the first few games: for some reason we come out flat and are not doing what we are supposed to do,” Marshall said.
“Everything just fell into place.”
Powell completed 13 of 25 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Rice caught four passes for 100 yards and the big TD.
Cole Cawlfield and Andrew Barker also had touchdown catches.
Barker also snagged four for 104 yards and Cawlfield had three receptions for 34 yards.
Charles Reed was the Owls’ leading rusher with 82 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Brenden Foust logged two tackles and six assists. He also forced fumble and had a fumble return for a touchdown
James Handrich had two tackles, 10 assists and three fumble recoveries.
Grant Harden was in on five tackles and five assists.
The Owls travel to Quapaw Friday, Sept. 22.
Quapaw (0-4) suffered a 42-6 loss to Wyandotte on Friday, Sept. 15.
“They are like we’ve been. They just need a couple things to go their way,” Marshall said.