The “Times” - October 25, 2011
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Supplying Freestone County Since 1975 GIVE US A CALL OR COME SEE US FOR STRATEGIES TO DEALING WITH THE DROUGHT! 512 West Hwy 84 | Fairfield , TX | 903-389-4505 Eagles Eye District Title The Fairfield Eagles took a big
step at claiming the outright District 20-3A title with a tough road win over the Palestine Wildcats 33-27 at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night. The Eagles remain perfect at 8-0 on the season and a 3-0 district record. The Eagles have been a second
half team of late, but this time they built a lead and staved off a Wildcat comeback to preserve the win. On the second Eagle possession, Fairfield running back Anthony Price finished the drive with a nine yard run. The touchdown capped a six play, 87 yard drive
and Omar Garcia booted the extra point for the 7-0 lead with 3:43 remaining in the opening quarter. The Wildcats tried to draw
even with 7:06 left in the first half on a Jarrell Owens five yard touchdown run. The point after by the highly touted kicker Travis Atkinson was no good and the Eagles held onto the 7-6 lead. The next possession produced another Eagle touchdown. Price took off on a 24 yard run and dove into the end zone and drew the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Eagles. The Wildcats took the penalty on the conversion attempt which made
it a 26 yard field goal attempt. Garcia nailed the attempt and the lead grew to 14-6. Anthony Price had 157 of his
game high 228 yards in the first half. The Eagles scored first in the second half and extended the lead. Junior running back Andre Welch scored on a two yard run with 7:54 remaining in the third quarter the Eagles had a comfortable 20-6 lead. The drive covered 64 yards in five plays but the point after failed and the lead stood at 20-6. Cooper Cole returned from
an injury recently and he immediately made his presence known by covering a fumble on the kickoff. On the first play, Welch matched his jersey number with a 31 yard scoring romp and the lead increased to 27-6. Palestine would try to mount
a comeback in the waning moments of the third quarter. Nicco Barnard scored on a two yard run with 5:06 remaining in the third. Atkinson made the conversion attempt and the Wildcats cut the lead to 27-13. The Wildcat defense put
another score up soon after that. Logan Brown picked up a fumble
fAIRfIeld eAGle CooPeR Cole BATs dowN A suRe Palestine catch stopping their drive just before the half friday evening at Palestine. eagles squeeze by 33 – 27. (Photos by Mary Mcdonald) for more pictures, go to www.freestonecountytimes.com
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and raced 32 yards for the scoop and score touchdown. All the Wildcats needed was an Atkinson PAT to draw within seven. The try was good and with 3:23 to go in the third the lead was cut to 27-20.
Everyone on the sideline, the
press box and the stands all thought the same thing: the Eagles need a long drive. They were pinned back at their own one yard line and marched 99 yards in over six minutes to put the decisive touchdown on the board. The point after failed but the score was 33-20 with the Eagles leading. Palestine tacked on one more
on a Donte Brown five yard run. The lead was cut to 33-27 with 3:11 remaining in the game. The Eagles made a couple of first downs and ran out the remaining time to preserve the win. The Fairfield offense racked
up 409 yards of total offense and is one win away from at least a share of the District 20-3A title. Madisonville and Palestine are tied for second at 2-1 and the Mustangs, and Wildcats will play each other this week. Fairfield will return to Eagle Field to take on the Groesbeck Goats. The Goats played, themselves, to contend for a playoff spot with a win over the Westwood Panthers 34-16 Friday night. Game time is scheduled for 7:30pm. Scott Batts reporting.
MAKING THe THIRd of fIVe TouCHdowNs by the fairfield eagles on friday evening is Andre welch on a two yard run, while “wizard” dane Blackwood, No. 55, provides an assist.
by Darrell Piske Fairfield Athletic Director
The Volley ball team split a pair
last week, losing to Groesbeck in 5 games and beating, avenging their loss to Palestine earlier this year. They have their final game against Mexia at home this week. Cross Country is getting geared
up for their District meet in Fairfield on Tuesday. The Fairfield Eagles outlasted
the Palestine Wildcats in a great football game. This was the type of game we knew it would be,
hard fought from the start. I was proud of our kids for
keeping their composure when the game tightened up at the end. They made the plays necessary to win. Palestine is up and coming and will now play hard for all four quarters. Defensively, we played a good game and did what it took to win the game, by not giving
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