Mules grind out win over CWC

HANG ON. CWC’s Kit Harris (#5) hangs on to Fairfield’s Kaleb Wells to save a touchdown on Friday, September 27, during the Bulldogs-Mules football game at the Trainyard.

The Fairfield Mules rushed for over 380 yards on their way to a 40-8 victory over Carmi-White County at the Trainyard on Friday, September 27. The win made the Mules playoff eligible at 5-0, while the Bulldogs fell to 3-2.

“I’m really proud of our kids tonight,” said CWC skipper Kurt Simon. “They hung in there and gave it everything they had.”

CWC accomplished two things in their opening drive to start the contest. First, they were the first team all year to score against the Mules. Ethan Mahon found Jaedon Reeder in the back corner of the endzone on a 25-yard touchdown pass to make the score 8-0 after Luke Simon converted the two-point play with 7:28 remaining in the opening quarter. Next, the scoring drive led to the Mules trailing in a game for the first time in 2019. 

Unfortunately for the maroon and white, the lead lasted less than 70 seconds. Fairfield quickly marched down the field, utilizing their speed on the ground. The drive was highlighted by Cade Carter sprinting 23 yards for a score with 6:19 left in the opening quarter. Wyatt Gilbert scored the two-point conversion to tie the score 8-8 which held up until the second quarter.

Fairfield struck early and often in the second period. After Carter picked off a Mahon pass, the Mules continued to grind out yards into Bulldog territory. Gilbert (game-high 129 rushing yards) broke through the line of scrimmage to sprint 29 yards for a score to give Fairfield their first lead at 14-8 with ten minutes to play in the first half. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Carter kicked a line drive that bounced off the helmet of CWC’s Eric Mills. The live ball was recovered by Fairfield around the Bulldog 45-yard line. A few plays later, Carter took a handoff and sprinted up the middle of the field 43 yards untouched to make the score 22-8 after the two-point conversion with 9:50 remaining. 

“When the kickoff thing happened, especially against a good team like Fairfield, things can go south in a hurry,” commented K. Simon.

Things continued to go south for the Bulldogs, as the Mules added one more score before the half when Carter scored his third touchdown on a 25-yard reception from Landon Zurliene push the lead to 28-8.

In the second half, Fairfield continued to keep the CWC offense off the field and put up numbers on the scoreboard offensively. For the contest, the Mules had a total of 422 offensive yards (versus CWC’s 146 yards). Carter posted his fourth touchdown with about six minutes left in the third and Gilbert added an additional touchdown at the start of the final stanza to round out the scoring.  

“We don’t have anything to hang our heads about,” added K. Simon. “Our kids gave everything they had and that’s all we can ask of them.”