FAIRFIELD — Northmont took an early 6-0 lead Friday at Fairfield on a 21 yard touchdown pass from Brenden Reck to Donavin Wallace at 9:14 in the first quarter, but unfortunately the rest of the night would not go so well for the Thunderbolts.
The Indians went on to post a 27-13 victory over Northmont but the Thunderbolts made some big plays on both sides of the ball. With the victory Fairfield improved to 2-0 while Northmont fell to 1-1.
On paper the game was fairly even. Northmont had 304 total yards (245 passing, 59 rushing) while Fairfield had 325 total yards (201 passing, 124 rushing). The tell tale stat was in the turnover department. The Thunderbolts committed three turnovers while Fairfield had only one and that was the game changer.
After Northmont’s early score the Indians answered with a 4 yard touchdown run by quarterback Aaron Carmack, whose size is reminiscent of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Jerred McGuire’s kick gave Fairfield a 7-6 lead with 5:12 left in the opening quarter. At the 2:31 mark senior linebacker Aaron Mckenzie recovered a Northmont fumble and raced 62 yards to paydirt to put Fairfield on top 13-6 and the Indians never looked back.
At the start of the second quarter Fairfield punched the ball into Northmont territory and on third down and two the Thunderbolts got slapped with a personal foul to give the Indians a first down at the 28 yard line. On a crucial third down and 11 Carmack completed a pass to running back James Mitchell for a first down at the 12. Two plays later Carmack tossed a six yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Alex Kaminsky and with McGuire’s point after Fairfield took a 20-7 lead.
With 56 seconds left in the half Reck tossed a 64 yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Tyree Trammell. Nick Winchester tacked on the extra-point to cut Fairfield’s lead to 20-13 at the half.
Fairfield scored with 8:28 left in the third quarter on a short pass from Carmack to Mitchell that resulted in Mitchell slicing through the defense for a 55 yard touchdown. McGuire’s point after made it 27-13.
Northmont quarterback Brenden Reck completed 21 of 40 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns, but he also got intercepted twice. Most of the second half he couldn’t find open receivers that had gotten past defenders.
Defensively the Thunderbolts got big plays from sophomore linebacker Gabe Newburg and senior linebacker Ervin Besingi who harassed Carmack all night. Newburg nailed Carmack early in the third quarter to force a fumble but Fairfield managed to recover the loose ball. Junior linebacker Jason Zile led the Bolts with six solo tackles and five assists while junior defensive back Cameron Rucker had five solo tackles and four assists.
Now the Thunderbolts will have to regroup as they host another Greater Miami Conference opponent, Lakota East, on Friday on Northmont Hall of Fame night.
“Fairfield is very good and well-coached and they do some very good things on defense that makes it tough on you,” said Northmont Coach Tony Broering. “We had our chances. We put together some good drives and came away with nothing. We threw some picks. That’s football.”
Fairfield running backs James Mitchell and Taimar Boykin were both hard to bring down. Mitchell had 17 carries for 55 yards and three receptions for 75 yards while Boykin had five carries for 22 yards. Carmack bulled his way for 38 yards in 12 carries mostly on third and short situations.
“When you play a team that has twice as many players as you and is in the Greater Miami Conference this what happens,” Broering noted. “I mean, they are good. They are big, they are strong, and they are fast. We watched the film when they beat Centerville 13-7 last week and that’s what we said all week. They are bigger and faster and stronger than Winton Woods. They are a division up. Winton Woods dressed 50 players and Fairfield’s freshmen team dressed 70 last night, so it’s a whole different world.”
Overall, Broering was not disappointed with his team’s effort.
“The boys played hard, the boys played good, but the coaches need to do a better job,” Broering added. “That’s the bottom line. We knew what we were facing and we knew what we were coming into with these guys and how good they were. You beat Centerville and you know you are good, so we knew what we were coming up against so we just need to do a better job.”
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Sophomore linebacker Gabe Newburg forces a fumble by Fairfield quarterback Aaron Carmack early in the third quarter.
Tyree Trammell hauls in a 64 yard touchdown pass from Brenden Reck late in the first half to cut Fairfield’s lead to 20-13.
Northmont Coach Tony Broering debates non-call by an official during the Thunderbolts loss to the Indians.
Brenden Reck completes a pass to Kelynn Taylor as Jalen Hinton tries to contain a Fairfield defender.
Senior linebacker Ervin Besingi slams into Fairfield quarterback Aaron Carmack as Gabe Newburg closes in to assist.