Ferris – The Ferris Yellow Jackets opened the 2011 season and newly renovated stadium Friday night by playing host to the Fairfield Eagles.
It took until late in the fourth quarter before the Eagles took the game over and left the Yellow Jackets still looking for their first win of the year with a 42-7 victory.
In their first play on offense, the Eagles took flight and scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass to grab an early 7-0 lead.
Then later in the first quarter, Ferris quarterback/running back Robert Grady connected for a 22-yard touchdown pass with Devonte Pryor to tie the game.
Fairfield then began to find its legs in the running game and with 7:23 left in the first half, Andre Welch scored from 10 yards out on an inside run making it 14-7.
On their next possession, the Yellow Jackets moved the ball deep into Eagle territory and had one touchdown called back due to a penalty before moving the ball inside the Eagle five-yard line.
The drive ended when a Ferris fumble was recovered by Fairfield, with less than two minutes left in the half, allowing the Eagles to hold a seven-point advantage at the half.
As the third quarter began, the Yellow Jackets’ first possession was stopped and the Ferris punt team pinned the Eagles at their own one-yard line.
The Eagles then ran their way into Yellow Jacket territory and set up for a 30-yard field goal attempt. The Ferris special teams again stung the Eagles with a blocked field goal by Javaughn Thurman maintaining the score.
But with the door still open, Ferris’s offense could not find its rhythm while the Eagles were about take flight.
With 1:38 left in the third quarter, Fairfield ran to another touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
With 7:21 left in the game, Fairfield connected for a 56-yard touchdown pass and a controlling 28-7 lead.
After another Ferris punt, the Eagles forced another run-heavy drive down the field for a 35-7 lead and following the Yellow Jackets’ final turnover of the night, Fairfield scored the last points of the night for a 42-7 final score.
The Yellow Jackets had their chance early, but the Eagles’ running game was the story of the night with 200 rushing yards in the second half.
Ferris will begin the road portion of its schedule next week when it takes on Grapevine Faith Christian. Grapevine will also be looking for its first win of the season as Cistercian spoiled the Grapevine opener by a 35-21 score.
Fairfield 7-7-7-21 – 42
Ferris 7-0-0-00 – 7
Fairfield – Rose 43 pass from Cain (Garcia kick)
Ferris – Pryor 22-yard pass from Grady (Rios kick)
Fairfield – Welch 10 run (Garcia kick)
Fairfield – Run (Garcia kick)
Fairfield – Gates 56 pass from Cain (Garcia kick)
Fairfield – Welch 1 run (Garcia kick)
Fairfield – Welch 6 run (Garcia kick)