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Fairport's long journey pays off with 50-0 win

Back in August prior to the start of the high school football season Fairport was informed by Saint John that Saint John was playing eight man football this season. Fairport was not interested in the eight-man format, so the game was cancelled. Fairport Athletic Director Sandra Knight searched for a game. The only week three game she could find was out of state in Morgantown, West Virginia against the Trinity Christian Warriors. The Skippers made the three-and-a-half-hour trek to mountains in Morgantown and the Warriors were gracious host. But in the end the talented Skippers football team lead by head coach Cameron Ruff was to much for the Warriors and the Skippers prevailed in a shut out 50-0.

The Skippers got on the board quick with dominant offense scoring three times in the first quarter against an overmatched Trinity squad. Two TD’s came on the ground, a one-yard run by Sam Schuster and then a 57-yard run by Cody Paugh. The third Td of the opening quarter came when Schuster hit Ethan Whitt with a 20-yard pass.

The Skippers scored one time in the second quarter on another one-yard run by Schuster. Fairport led 28-0 at the half time break.

Not only was the Harding offense running on all cylinders, but the defense was also having a nice day. The Skippers forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and Josiah Cooper intercepted a pass when Trinity was closing in on the red zone.
A highlight of the second half after Fairport had pulled most of the starters and Senior Offensive lineman Martin Mendoza took a handoff and lumbered 45 yards for the Skippers final TD of the contest.

Fairport put up 398 yards offense. 331 yards of the offense came on the ground and Schuster three the ball six times completing five passes for 67 yards.

Meanwhile the Skippers defense had four sacks, one bay four different players Seniors Jayden Alston and Mike Voiles, Junior Deano Spiesman and Sophomore Conner Williams.

With the win the Skippers improve to 2-1 on the season.

Next up for the Skippers are the Lutheran West Longhorns next Friday (September 20th) at 7:00 p.m. as they play a little close to home at Grieg Field in Fairport.
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​POSTED 09/14/2019 03:57
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