Traveling to Olney for nonconference action Thursday, the freshman Fairfield Mules football squad moved to 2-0 with a 28-14 triumph over the Tigers of Richland County.
Fairfield scored the first 22 points of the game, holding the host offense in check until late in the third quarter.
Fairfield took the opening kickoff and drove to the Richland County seven-yard line before fumbling. That just delayed their first score, which came early in the second when quarterback Eric Rodgers (not Joe, not Joe, not Joe) found a streaking Jonah Easton in the middle of the field behind the safety for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Rodgers then caught the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
They scored again just three minutes later when Gabe Todd picked off a swing pass intended for Ronald Baskerville, the Tigers’ biggest threat, into an 85-yard interception return and a 14-0 lead. The Mules took that lead into halftime.
Richland County opened the second half the same way Fairfield opened the first, driving inside the 10 before fumbling the ball away.
Less than two minutes later, Reegan Taylor sprinted down the left sideline for a 75-yard scoring scamper and a 22-0 lead after a tight end pop pass to Luke Duckworth on the extra point.
The Tigers got on board late in the third, pulling back within 14. Fairfield answered with a 71-yard touchdown run by Easton on a 47-power play, the staple of the double wing
The Tigers got the last score in the final minute of the game for the two-touchdown difference at the expiration of the clock.