FAIRLAND — Scoring its most points in a game since 2012, Fairland routed Chelsea 49-0 in a non-district football game here Friday, Sept. 7.
First shutout since 41-0 over Quapaw Oct. 15, 2015, most points since 49-14 win vs. Summit
Christian in 2012.
“It was a total team effort,” head coach Kent Marshall said. “Our fans were just dynamite. It was just one of those nights that you wanted to go on and on forever.”
Freshman quarterback Braxton Jones accounted for five of the Owls’ eight touchdowns.
He was 10-of-13 passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts.
“He distributed the ball real well,” Marshall said. “We had five different people score.”
The Owls finished with 332 yards in total offense (147 rushing and 185 passing), an average of 7.7 yards per play.
“There we just a lot of positives,” Marshall said.
Fairland’s first touchdown was provided by its defense, when Jay Padberg returned a fumble 55 yards for a score.
“From there, the floodgates opened,” Marshall said. “Our first two offensive series didn’t go very well, but after that, pretty much everything we were wanting to do, we were able to do.”
Charles Reed made it 12-0 with a 36-yard TD run with 1:48 left in the opening frame.
Fairland broke things open in the second quarter with three scores in just over 7 minutes, an 18-yard pass reception from Braxton Jones to Cole Cawlfield, a 31-yard run by Braxton Jones and a 53-yard pass from Braxton Jones to Luke Jones.
Fairland ballooned the score to 43-0 on a 1-yard run by Reed and a 35-yard Braxton Jones-to-Cawlfield pass.
Braxton Jones’ fourth scoring pass was a 14-yard strike to Thatcher Smalley midway through the final stanza.
Reed, Jamal Morris and Braxton Jones were the Owls’ rushing leaders with 59, 40 and 34 yards, respectively.
Cawlfield caught six passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns while
Smalley had two receptions for 16 yards and one score.
Luke Jones and Andrew Barker each had a catch.
The Owls changed coaching assignments, with Marshall taking over defensive responsibilities.
The switch paid off big: Chelsea had only 98 yards in total offense and 51 percent of the Green Dragons’ running plays were for negative yardage.
They had 104 yards in tackles for losses and were 0-for-5 on fourth down attempts.
James Handrich logged 24 tackles to head up the defensive effort.
Grant Harden logged 14 tackles while Padberg had 13 tackles, two fumble recoveries, including the one for a touchdown.
Nash Davis also had a fumble recovery and Smalley had an interception.
The Owls are idle until Friday, Sept. 21, when they travel to Ketchum for the District A-6 opener.