Fairfield’s potent offense too much for Athens
FAIRFIELD–The Athens Hornets suffered their first loss of the season to a high-octane offensive Fairfield Eagles team Sept. 13 on the road.
The Eagles got on the board first just two minutes into the contest to take a 7-0 lead over the Eagles.
Chase Friedrich connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jerquindon Taylor to make it a 7-6 game after an unsuccessful point after attempt.
After an early Fairfield field goal in the second quarter, Taylor added his second touchdown reception of the night to put the Hornets in front 12-10.
Despite regaining the lead, 17-12, the Hornets scored a rushing touchdown, courtesy of Carson Cook, in the final minute of the first half to regain the lead over the Eagles, 18-17.
An early fumble from Athens in the second half led to a Fairfield Eagles touchdown just a few plays later to give Fairfield a 24-18 lead.
Cook picked up his second touchdown of the night on a six-yard rush for the Hornets. Kicker Joahan Mendez delivered a successful PAT to put Athens back in front 25-24.
The Eagles added a touchdown before the end of the third quarter to take a 31-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Fairfield added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Hornets couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell 45-25.
The loss is the first of the Hornets this season and puts their record at 2-1 overall.
Athens returns home to take on the Bullard Panthers (1-2) Sept. 27 with a schedule 7:30 p.m. kickoff.