AFTON — The 84th renewal of the Afton-Fairland football rivalry wasn’t even close.
Afton, a consensus No. 1 pick in Class A among state media, had its first points only 10 seconds into the game and had 58 at the half during a 58-8 romp over Fairland here Friday, Oct. 6.
That was the second most points ever scored in the game as well as the second most combined points.
Afton rolled to a 64-0 win in 2014 and the teams combined for 81 points in a 61-20 Fairland victory in 1945.
“You never know with a rivalry game how it’s going to be played out,” Afton head coach Zach Gardner said. “We had homecoming, so that was another distraction. I was pretty pleased with our kids’ effort. To put 58 points on the board in the first half is pretty remarkable.”
The second half was played with a running clock.
That marked the fourth time in five games that Afton had scored 50 points or more in a game.
“I was embarrassed,” Fairland head coach Kent Marshall said. “As coaches, our job is to prepare our kids for success. And if that preparation was not sound, then we as coaches take responsibility for it. But this was not one of those times. Our kids need to be held accountable as well.”
Fairland’s only points came with 4:36 left in the game on a 1-yard run by Riley Powell and the ensuing conversion.
The Owls’ other eight possessions ended with punts.
Conversely, Afton scored on each of its first seven possessions — all in the first half.
It had the ball three times in the second half, twice punting and the other as the game ended.
“Afton is a good football team and deserves our best shot at them,” Marshall said. “To fall apart mentally as we did has never been or will it ever be acceptable.”
The offensive onslaught began with Wil Amos teaming with Briar Julian on a 70-yard touchdown pass. Amos ran the conversion.
Julian also had a 64-yard run, a 31-yard return of a blocked punt and a 29-yard pass reception from Amos.
The Eagles’ other scores were a 23-yard run by Amos, a 5-yard pass to Brett Hollon from Amos, a 2-yard run by Kyle Corley and a 1-yard blast by Zach Henry.
Afton finished with 370 yards in total offense, 244 rushing and 126 passing.
“They are a competitive team and the coaches over there do a good job with the talent,” Gardner said. “They are just young right. They are up and coming. We are on the other side where we have the seniority right now. We are going to use it for all its worth, while we’ve got it.”
Fairland managed only 98 total yards including just 3 passing.
Amos was 6-for-6 passing for 120 yard and the three scores.
He also added 91 yards and a TD on seven carries.
Julian added 76 yards and a score on two attempts and Henry netted 37 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Julian and Clay Mitchell each had two carries for 99 and 16 yards, respectively. Hollon had the one catch for the 5-yard touchdown.
Afton travels to Rejoice Christian while Fairland hosts Barnsdall on Friday, Oct. 13.