Samuel Frick

On a beautiful evening of football in Albion, the outcome of this game was anything but pretty. For Fairfield, that’s the kind of game they like to play. The Falcons, after having their first game cancelled due to the County health order, are 2-0 for the first time since 2012 with a convincing 32-6 win over Central Noble. 

The first half was mainly a defensive battle as both teams were doing a nice job stopping the run early on. A Cory Lantz keeper gave the Falcons a 6-0 lead as the first quarter came to an end. However, Central Noble would respond in the second quarter thanks to a 36-yard touchdown pass from Sawyer Yoder to Trey Herald. That tied the game at 6, but Fairfield would go into the locker room up 14-6 after a Lantz TD pass to Quinn Kitson and a 2-point conversion. 

The Cougars showed just how good they can be with the depth from their backfield, and the talent of senior quarterback Sawyer Yoder. However, Fairfield set the tempo in the second half by containing Yoder’s athletic ability, limiting the run, and dominating the line of scrimmage all night. The game opened up completely when senior Cory Lantz found a hole to the outside, moved left and gained a significant amount of yardage deep into Cougar territory. 

On the very next play, Lantz would run to the outside again for a 26-yard TD run to extend the Falcons’ lead to 20-6. Lantz would add one more TD pass at the start of the 4th quarter when he threw it to senior Dalton Cripe at the beginning of the final quarter, and Jonathon Estep would route out the scoring with a 36-yard TD run. Fairfield will look to go 3-0 as they host 2-1 Fremont, while 1-2 Central Noble will begin NECC divisional play when they travel to Brushy Prairie to face win-less Prairie Heights.